Travelationship High Fives: Our Top 5 Adventures…so far.

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{Heather’s View}

It was pretty easy to come up with my top 4 adventures, but the 5th one was really a tie between about 5 more adventures. I am looking forward to doing this list again in a couple years. Hmmm, what will be replaced and with what?

1. White Shark Diving Gansbaai, South Africa

Jacques Cousteau is my ultimate God. Through his shows, he introduced me to what would become my biggest animal obsession – sharks.  From as far back as I can remember I have been fascinated with ocean creatures. Even though, I don’t agree with all aspects of caged shark diving; I did it anyway. The day we went nine different white sharks swam around the boat. Plus, it was fun to see Matt so scared. Checkout our video.

2. Whale Shark Diving in Oslob, Philippines

Reference back to Mr. Cousteau. The day we went 7 different sharks danced in and out of the diving area. I think this was my most relaxing dive ever. These massive sharks are so gentle and beautiful. Checkout another one of our cool videos.

3. Volunteering at Les Enfants de Dieu in Kigali, Rwanda

This is my heaven on earth. I spent time volunteering at an all boys orphanage in Kigali. I will be posting on this soon.

Heather at Les Enfants de Dieu in Kigali, Rwanda.

Heather at Les Enfants de Dieu in Kigali, Rwanda.

Heather and the EDD soccer team.

Heather and the EDD soccer team.

Heather and two of her boys, Rwanda.

Heather and two of her boys, Rwanda.

4. Volunteering with Pelagic Shark Research Foundation

I volunteered on blue, white, mako, thresher, leopard shark tag & release projects off the California coastline. Through volunteering at PSRF I was able to meet and volunteer with some of the top shark researchers.

A Blue Shark.

A Blue Shark off the California coastline

Heather volunteering with Pelagic Shark Research Foundation on Ano Nuevo Island, California.

Heather volunteering with Pelagic Shark Research Foundation on Ano Nuevo Island, California.

5. (TIE) The Wilson US Adventures / Driving the Garden Route in South Africa

For the past 2 years, we have been part of a handful of people who have organized to bring Wilson, one of the boys from Les Enfants de Dieu, to the United States to visit. Experiencing the things we as first world citizens take for granted through someone else’s vision  is educational, humbling and life changing.

During our almost 3 week visit to South Africa, we rented a car and drove from Johannesburg to Cape Town. The good times and not so fun times of adventure and breathtaking views ensued. We will be posting more on both of these adventures soon.

[Matthew’s View]

This is one of those lists to assemble that has a few classic guaranteed entries, and a few out of the ordinary ones. It also has the ability to create some duplicates, especially if you are writing it with a person for whom you have been on some truly unbelievable adventure.

1. Addo Elephant Park

I have loved elephants since the age of bedtime stories. Thus my excitement meter was through the roof when I got to spend a couple of days sitting amongst them.

Elephant at Addo Elephant Park, South Africa.

Elephant at Addo Elephant Park, South Africa.

2. Diving with White Sharks

I grew up in the era of Jaws and its sequels. Then there was shark week on Discovery Channel, both equally intriguing.  Getting in the water with them off the shore of Gansbaai, South Africa was riveting and nothing like what I expected; truly fascinating.

Heather and Matt freezing while waiting for White Sharks.

Heather and Matt freezing while waiting for White Sharks.

3. Machu Picchu

The pilgrimage to Machu Picchu is an adventure I would recommend to anyone. There are so many ways to experience it, and so much there you could never see it all. Truly a wonderland, and some of the views are unreal; of course being roughly eight thousand feet in the air helps.

Machu Picchu, Peru.

Machu Picchu, Peru.

4. Study Abroad London

It was my first trip overseas solo or otherwise. It was where I discovered my love of photography would blend very nicely with my new love of traveling. Traipsing all over London with my photography professor and my soon to be 2 best friends ever was a fantastic way to spend winter semester.

5. Swimming with Whale Sharks

Spending the morning sharing the ocean with these magnificent animals was both relaxing and enlightening.  The way they splendidly glide through the ocean is mesmerizing. Plus, I think it is always good to spend a little time with things that are much larger then you to help gain a little perspective on things.

Whale Shark silhouette, Oslob, Philippines.

Whale Shark silhouette, Oslob, Philippines.

What are your favorite adventures? Tell us about one or all of them.

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