This month’s Travel Post starts out with an experience that most travelers to Cape Town wouldn’t take part in unless accompanied by a local. It’s a braai, a South African barbecue that offers more than just juicy grilled meats.
Our next writer makes a case for preserving the wide open spaces at Big Bend National Park in Texas. Black bear, mountain lions, dinosaur bones, fossils, tarantulas, songbirds, and rattlesnakes can all be found at this International Biosphere Reserve.
A spectacular sunset photo serves as a souvenir of our next traveler’s trip to Costa Rica.
A green sea turtle sanctuary in the Nuevo Vallarta area of Mexico oversees the release of baby sea turtles from its property every year, and onlookers are welcome as long as they don’t cross the lines in the sand or use the flash on their cameras.
And finally, only 13 miles from Honolulu Airport there’s a replica of a 950-year-old Japanese temple. There are no nails or screws holding it together, just braided ropes like the original. The temple “is a place of harmony and meditation” and welcomes people of all faiths.
Read these stories — and see the great photos that go with them — below.
Editor, Travel Post Monthly
This Month …
- Mzoli’s: Eat and Celebrate in the Local Spirit at a Traditional Capetonian Braai (5/1/2017) - An Afrikaans word, “braai” translates simply to “barbecue,” but to Capetonians a braai offers much more than merely eating together. Locals head to Mzoli’s on their weekend mornings to let loose with friends, to dance together, and to congregate over juicy meats prepared in the South African fashion.
- Big Bend National Park: An International Biosphere Reserve (5/1/2017) - Adventurists equipped with binoculars, camera, compass, sturdy hiking boots, sun hat, sunscreen, water bottle, backpack, and layers of clothing are required to obtain a back-country use permit for all remote camping, river adventures, and horses.
- Playa Avellanas, Guanacaste, Costa Rica (5/1/2017) - A spectacular sunset photo serves as a souvenir of a trip to Costa Rica
- And They’re Off (5/1/2017) - Enclosed in an area about the size of a tennis court are row upon row of markers and inverted wire cages labeled with dates of collection and predictions. This marks the green sea turtle sanctuary. There is much anticipation, and the children gather behind the lines drawn in the sand… NO CROSSING, NO TOUCHING, and NO CAMERA FLASH. The message is clear.
- Valley of the Temple’s Cemetery and the Byodo-In Temple on Oahu, Hawaii (5/1/2017) - The Byodo-In Temple welcomes people of all faiths. It is a place of harmony and meditation. The beautiful landscape includes a large pond and some small waterfalls. Black swans and hundreds of koi make their home in the temple grounds