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Mr. Snuffy | Olaf’s Corner

Mr. Snuffy | Olaf’s Corner

Olaf Malver May 16, 2019 0

This is an unreal tale about an unusual creature in a far-away jungle… About 25 years ago at my old travel company, a member of the sales department picked up a call from a

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Andaman Encounters | Olaf’s Corner

Andaman Encounters | Olaf’s Corner

Olaf Malver February 25, 2019 0

Kayaking the Seven Seas has given me plenty of fantastic wildlife encounters to marvel at, but what floated some hundred feet in front of my boat in the Indian Ocean on that hot afternoon

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Thank You, Palau | Olaf’s Corner

Thank You, Palau | Olaf’s Corner

Olaf Malver February 18, 2019 0

With long flowing hair, a bronzed muscular body and dressed only in salty paddling shorts, my co-guide, Ron Leidich, lectured us with focused authority. The subject was wartime death and destruction in Pelileu, a

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Paddling the Beauty in the Dark | Olaf’s Corner

Paddling the Beauty in the Dark | Olaf’s Corner

Olaf Malver February 15, 2019 0

The young Buddhist monk in a saffron-colored robe offered his blessings to me and my kayak. He wished us good luck on our journey through the big cave under the mountain. He then waved

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Children: Our True Hope in Conservation | Olaf’s Corner

Children: Our True Hope in Conservation | Olaf’s Corner

Olaf Malver February 11, 2019 0

In these uncertain days of environmental onslaught of our planet’s wild places and species, I have a hard time looking into my own children’s eyes without some concern. I believe in my heart they

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Ugo in Shark City | Olaf’s Corner

Ugo in Shark City | Olaf’s Corner

Olaf Malver November 12, 2018 0

“Cool, man—shark city!” bellowed Ugo while chumming the waters 30 feet away. We listened to him from the boat deck high above while hanging on to the long bow-line. As if out of nowhere,

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A Lonely Grave on the Russian Frontier | Olaf’s Corner

A Lonely Grave on the Russian Frontier | Olaf’s Corner

Olaf Malver October 22, 2018 0

Our small group of explorers stood quietly in a semicircle facing the crenelated black stone slab of an unassuming grave. The raised white Cyrillic letters read “Vitusi Beringi: 1681- 1741.” A slight offshore wind

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Salty Asterix of the Antarctic Seas | Olaf’s Corner

Salty Asterix of the Antarctic Seas | Olaf’s Corner

Olaf Malver June 14, 2018 0

It was a dark and stormy night in the northern Antarctic Ocean… We were two days out of Port Stanley in the Falklands and the freezing wind ripped through the mast rigging. Our 65-foot

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