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Andrea Reynolds

Andrea caught the travel bug at an early age, having grown up in such diverse places such as Japan, Colombia, New Zealand, and New Jersey. After earning an Environmental Science degree from the University of Denver, she went on to guide in the Hawaiian Islands, living in a one-room cottage overlooking the Pacific shores. During her five years of working in our Boulder, Colorado office, and volunteering for the National Park Service, Andrea traveled to the Galapagos Islands, Antarctica, Africa, Alaska, Canada, Costa Rica, Belize, Patagonia, Mexico, and Australia to refine her skills. In the summer of 1999, she returned to the field to guide our Alaska and Churchill expeditions. Her travels then took her to Greenland, New Zealand, Nepal, Italy and Fiji. Andrea returned to Colorado in 2010 and once again, is happy to be part of the office team!

I joined our Peruvian Amazon and Machu Picchu adventure in May 2013.  Here I am trying to re-arrange the stones at the 15th century Inca site.We found this little caiman on one of our night excursions aboard the Aqua.  The motorized canoes gave us great access to explore the various tributaries.I donated a ball to the school children in a village outside of Huaraz, Peru.  This community is at about 12,000 feet and it’s so impressive to watch the kids run at that elevation.  The boys dubbed it a soccer ball and the girls quickly countered by calling it a volleyball.  Check out this great organization: http://www.oneworldfutbol.com/ The sunrise at Sossusvlei in Namibia is on my top ten list (and I’m a morning person who has witnessed many in my lifetime!). The colors of the sky, sand and minimal vegetation was very dramatic.In November 2009, I joined a group of friends trekking in Nepal. We laughed, played cards, and ate Snickers bars all the way down the trail, ending up at Everest Base Camp (17,862 feet- that’s high!)After three weeks exploring Botswana and Namibia, I watched the sun set in Etosha National Park in Namibia. A storm in the distance was brewing and bringing with it the nourishing rains.We were sitting in our safari vehicle in Chitabe when elephants came pouring out of the forest. There were over 75 of them of all ages and sizes, it was so humbling to witness such beautiful animals.Humpback whales are a favorite of mine on our Hidden Alaska and Southeast Alaska trips. The waters are rich with these whales in the summer months. Sometimes we get to see them bubble-net feeding, cooperative feeding, one of nature’s great sights!Our British Columbia coastal trip may give you the opportunity to see orcas. They have 10-13 sets of teeth and you can see why salmon and seals always want to swim faster than the orcas.I met this retired fisherman in Iceland on our Natural Habitat trip. He was full of stories of life on this northern island. Cultural interaction is often one of the surprising highlights of our adventures.For 10 years I guided Natural Habitat Adventure groups throughout Alaska. This photo was taken at Wonder Lake with Denali/Mt. McKinley in the background. At 20,320 feet above sea level, it’s the highest point in North America. I have many special memories of all the fun groups I guided in our 49th state.I love stopping to smell the flowers, the hibiscus in Costa Rica were no exception!Torres del Paine National Park offers some of the best hiking in the world. The well-maintained trails give access to areas where guanacos roam freely.I was an exchange student to New Zealand in high school. It remains one of my favorite countries in the world. I love helping out on the farm during lambing season - August is a busy time!Polar bears have to be one of the most interesting animals to watch. The variety of poses they strike enable wonderful photo opportunities in Churchill each October and November.Southeast Alaska has an endless variety of landscapes that are sure to blow you away! This group photo was taken on the Mendenhall Glacier in July 2011, courtesy of a stunning helicopter ride.We can thank naturalist John Muir who made the early efforts to protect Glacier Bay National Park near Gustavus, Alaska. We keep our eyes focused in search of humpback whales, brown and black bears, mountain goats, puffins and of course, numerous glaciers as we explore this fantastic coastline.There’s nothing like sharing travel experiences with good friends. Tracey, Katie and I had fun giggling in our cabin aboard the Letty while touring the Galapagos Islands.This hermit crab was quick but I was quicker! It tried to nibble on my toes while walking the beach on Española, one of the oldest islands in the Galapagos. I loved seeing the giant tortoises, marine iguanas and the incredible birdlife but often, my favorite animals are the little ones. Taking in the sights of bison in Wyoming's Yellowstone National Park on our Winter trip, February 2013.

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