Bo Alexandersson, the "Moose Whisperer" of Wrågården Farm, Raises Moose in Sweden

Bo Alexandersson, the “Moose Whisperer” of Wrågården Farm

The Moose Whisperer &

The Coolest Moose in Sweden

 

“What does bloggers do?”

 

We’ve just arrived at Wrågården Farm, 15 minutes late for our appointed tour with Bo Alexandersson– the semi-retired father of fifth-generation owner Henrik– because our GPS couldn’t recognize their remote, rural address. In my flustered state (I despise being late), his question briefly throws me for a loop.

 

I’m not sure if it’s the off-kilter edginess of his personality, the twinkle of mischief in his eyes, or the Scandinavian cowboy look of his jeans and hat. But somehow the ruggedly handsome farmer reminds me of my late grandfather, who could tease like nobody’s business. Unsure whether he’s pulling my leg or not, I simply laugh and respond, “We write stories and share them on the Internet.” This answer seems to suffice.

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The annual 4th of July Fireworks in New York City

Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks in New York City

 

We normally avoid cities like the plague. But the Big Apple? Well, that’s a whole different story.

 

For one thing, it’s a global hub of arts and culture. For another, it’s where Mary grew up (specifically, on Staten Island). But most importantly, we still have a ton of family and friends in the area. And so it was that we took a family road trip a few years ago to visit Mary’s dad and college friend Jill, and  to find out if it was possible to Go Green in New York City.

 

It was a wonderful week of adventures that took us from our base in Greenwich Village to the American Museum of Natural History, from a river cruise around Manhattan to riding bikes in Central Park. But, for me, the most memorable highlight was taking Mary and my daughter to see the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks.

 

Jill lived right on the Hudson River, and the pier outside her building provided the perfect vantage point from which to watch the annual Independence Day spectacle. There was naturally a vast sea of people crowded shoulder-to-shoulder, but we managed to find some open space hidden behind a line of trees (talk about “Going Green“!) beside the pier. From here, we could see three of the four barges from which the fireworks were launched, with the incredible Manhattan Skyline (including the red, white and blue colors of the Empire State Building) in the background.

 

It was the first time we’d ever traveled anywhere for Independence Day, and the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks definitely made it one of our most memorably family vacations to date. Now, every time I see fireworks, it takes me back to that incredibly special day…  –Bret Love

 

If you enjoyed our post on the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks, you might also like:

Going Green in New York City, Pt 1: Museum of Natural History

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FRIDAY PHOTO: Twin Moose Babies

 

 

Ukulele Serenade By Lagoon Service Guide in Bora Bora, Tahiti

Swimming With Sharks in Bora Bora, Tahiti

 

If you’ve ever dreamed of visiting the island of Bora Bora, this was the sort of day you probably fantasized about.

 

The sky was such a rich shade of blue it was almost indigo, with just a smattering of wispy white clouds to provide contrast. The dreamy watercolors of the island’s world-famous lagoon were equally dazzling, and clear enough that you could easily spot a swimming sea turtle from a hundred yards away.

 

When our Lagoon Service Bora Bora guide took out his ukulele and began softly strumming a romantic ballad as we slowly motored past pristine white beaches and palm-lined motu (islets) without another soul in sight, I began to understand why Mary had this Polynesian paradise at the top of her World Travel Bucket List for 15+ years.

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Bornean Orangutan at Sepilok Rehabilitation Centre, Malaysia

Bornean Orangutan Conservation at

Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre

 

(The following is a guest post from Margherita & Nick Ragg of adventure & nature travel blog The Crowded Planet. Follow their adventures via Facebook and Twitter. If you’re a blogger interested in guest posting on GGT, please email pitches to Editor-In-Chief Bret Love at GreenGlobalTravel@gmail.com.)

 

 

In The Land Below the Wind, Agness Keith wrote of the Bornean orangutans that used to visit her garden in order to eat fruit from the trees. The book was written in the 1930s, when the country was still covered in primary rainforest, thick and unexplored, providing habitat for a wealth of wildlife. It was said that orangutans could cross the whole of Borneo, swinging from one tree branch to another, without ever touching the ground.

 

Orangutans are one of four species of great apes, and found only in Borneo and Sumatra. Their affinity with humans was first recognized by the native people of Borneo, the Dayaks, who named them after the Malay-Indonesian words for man of the forest. Dayaks believed orangutans could talk, but chose not to in order to prevent being enslaved and put to work.

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Mama Nursing Her Twin MooseBabies at Wrågården Farm in  Falkoping, Sweden

FRIDAY PHOTO: Twin Moose Babies

Nursing at Wrågården Farm in Falkoping, Sweden

We’ve been fortunate to see quite a few adorable animals over the course of our travels, from baby Rhinos in South Africa’s Londolozi Game Reserve and baby Sea Lions in the Galapagos Islands to baby Guanacos in Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park and baby Penguins in Antarctica. No matter what the species may be, our soft hearts seem to melt every time we see little ones, especially the newborns.

So you can probably imagine our gushing reaction when we first laid eyes on the awkwardly adorable moose babies pictured above during our tour of Wrågården Farm in Falkoping, Sweden.

We’d already been overwhelmed with emotion when Bo Alexandersson– the father of the farm’s current 5th generation owner–introduced us to Oskar, a 2-year-old moose he had hand-raised, who now followed him around like an adoring puppy dog. As Oskar licked, nuzzled and drooled all over us like an overgrown Great Dane, we were surprised to see his lady moose, Ebba, crest the hill with two gorgeous 14-day-old calves in tow. As Ebba eyed us cautiously, the two youngsters began to nurse, and I quietly crept over to a nearby rock to snap a few shots.

We’ll have the full story– including some great GoPro video footage– on Sweden’s “Moose Whisperer,” his growing Moose family, and our incredible experience exploring Wrågården Farm (where they also raise Dum Dum deer, Canadian Bison, and Scottish Highland cattle) coming soon. In the meantime, we hope you’ll enjoy this rare shot of Moose babies nursing their mama almost as much as we enjoyed getting to hang out with them for one awesome evening in West Sweden.  –by Bret Love

If you enjoyed our photo of Twin Moose Babies at Wrågården Farm, you might also like: 

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Top 5 Eco Attractions in Norway

SWEDEN: Cycling Remote South Koster Island

SWEDEN: Touring West Sweden in a Volvo

Top 5 Eco Attractions in Bosnia and Herzegovina

CROATIA: Exploring Plitvice Lakes National Park

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