Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents

By Marty Essen

  • Six-time award-winning book!
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Cool Creatures, scorching Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents follows Marty and Deb Essen on a three-and-a-half-year-long event to a couple of the wildest locations on all seven continents.

The American couple started crisscrossing the globe with the easy goal of attempting to find infrequent and fascinating natural world. whilst their travels coincided with the U.S. invasion of Iraq, the extra aspect made them unwitting ambassadors for peace. Their experiences--from fun to existence threatening--changed their lives forever.

This isn't really your general travelogue. Marty Essen has written a e-book that entertains, informs, and poignantly reminds us that all of us percentage a small planet. 
Locations visited comprise: Belize, Peru (the Amazon Rainforest), Argentina, Australia (Queensland), Canada (Alberta, British Columbia, Yukon Territory, and Northwest Territories), Antarctica, Europe (Spain, France, Switzerland, and Andorra), Malaysia (Borneo), and Africa (Zimbabwe).

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Fortunate for him, the chew became out to be dry [no venom injected]. Then, quite a few weeks in the past, a fer-de-lance bit one of many horses within the box lower than your cabaña. ” “Did the pony reside? ” “The fer-de-lance dropped it useless in its tracks. ” “Are you yes it used to be a fer-de-lance? Did you notice it? ” “The chew occurred throughout the evening. while I tested the pony within the morning, i realized fang marks on its leg. I didn’t see the snake, yet just a fer-de-lance may have killed a fit horse like that. in accordance with the scale of the marks, the snake needed to be huge — no less than seven ft lengthy. ” “I are looking to locate that snake. ” John checked out me and shook his head as though announcing, “This loopy American goes to get himself killed. ” “Don’t fear. I won’t take pointless probabilities or do something silly. All I wanna do is picture it. ” even though in John’s brain the mere act of searching for a fer-de-lance used to be “doing anything stupid,” the decision in my eyes confident him to assist me out. With a deep breath he stepped out from at the back of the bar, led me onto the sundeck, and pointed to a space halfway among our cabaña and the river. “That’s the place the pony died. glance there first. ” “Thanks, John! ” Deb and that i comprehensive our beers earlier than jogging to our cabaña. whereas she retired to the porch with a ebook, I loaded my digicam with movie and moved quickly into the sector. even if I had inebriated beers on the bar, I wasn’t HWI — Herping whereas Intoxicated. (Herpetofauna is an all-inclusive note for reptiles and amphibians. Herpetofauna fanatics are referred to as herpers, and looking out for herpetofauna is termed herping. ) My head used to be transparent, and that i meant to be cautious. If i realized the fer-de-lance, I deliberate to move simply shut sufficient for a very good picture. the best probability will be now not seeing the snake until eventually it used to be too past due. A fer-de-lance lucky sufficient to arrive seven ft in size wouldn’t linger within the open box the place horses might trample it. as a substitute, it should most likely be within the tall grass alongside the fringe or on the base of 1 of the scrubby bushes among the sphere and the Macal River. I carefully combed in the course of the grass and scrub, checking each attainable hiding spot. My center pounded as I inched into plants blocking off the view of my naked calves. i presumed in regards to the rattlesnakes I had photographed in Montana. trying to find them was once restful compared, as I knew they’d most probably elevate a racket if I received too shut. A fer-de-lance couldn’t supply me the sort of exact caution — I’d be fortunate to listen to a rustle or a hiss. I grew bolder as my seek persevered, yet I didn’t see or listen any signal of the horse-killing snake. finally darkness pressured me to renounce. I trudged again to the cabaña, disenchanted yet convinced my herping success may enhance within the coming days. For Monday’s event, Deb and that i selected an eleven-mile canoe waft down the Macal River. After breakfast, John confirmed us a map of the path, warned us approximately a few rapids, and passed us our lunches. “Hmmm,” i presumed as we trigger downstream, “I wish we don’t pass over the spot the place we’re imagined to meet our trip on the finish of the go with the flow.

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