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NEW VEGAN TRIP ANNOUNCED: Vietnam!

A few years ago, I decided to test out what it would be like to host international trips whereby a number of like-minded people — most of whom were “followers,” listeners, readers, or familiar with my work in one form or another — would join me on a fabulous all-inclusive excursion. So far, we have organized two trips to southern Italy (through Green Earth Travel) and one coming up to Thailand, which sold out within a month. My intention is to create fabulous, 5-star, all-inclusive, all-vegan trips, and with demand clearly there, we’re now offering our 4th Vegan Trip with CPG: to beautiful northern Vietnam. 

All of the details and the full itinerary can be found at CPGTrips.com, but here is an overview:⠀⠀
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*our own exclusive private day with the rescued moon bears at Animals Asia’s Vietnam sanctuary (which isn’t open to the public). Only through our trip will people get to experience this magical place.⠀⠀
*our own private overnight boat trip on Halong Bay (a UNESCO World Heritage Site)⠀⠀
*history, free time, temples, pagodas, and fabulous food in the lovely capital city of Hanoi⠀⠀
*historic Hue (due to its history as a center of Buddhism for centuries, Huế is a veritable hot spot for vegan food, especially adept in “mock meats,” with many locals eating vegetarian at least 2-6 days per month to observe the special Buddhist lunar days.⠀⠀
*traversing on the Hai Van Pass, a stunning road that more or less separates North and South Vietnam
*cycling to our own vegan cooking class in the countryside outside of Hoi An
*spending time in quaint Hoi An, right on the beautiful river
*vegan BBQ on the beach⠀⠀
*5-star accommodations⠀
*deluxe transportation
*20 awesome peeps⠀
*me and David! :)⠀⠀
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JOIN US! Make your deposit and secure your spot at CPGTRIPS.COM! You have 30 days to know for sure. If after 30 days you are definitely joining us (duh!), your deposit goes toward your early-bird rate; if for some reason you decide you can’t make it, you get your deposit back! 

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We saw MOUNTAIN GORILLAS!

We came to Rwanda to see the Mountain Gorillas ?. We saw them. Our expectations were exceeded beyond our wildest dreams. While I prepare our photos and videos, enjoy this little preview to get you excited. And no, I couldn’t have planned the entrance of that young gorilla if I tried.

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Visiting My Animal Hero in Rwanda!

My first animal-protection hero was Dian Fossey after I read Gorillas in the Mist in the early 90’s. I was in awe of her boldness and bravery, dedication and commitment, attention to detail and desire to use whatever tools were at her disposal to protect the beautiful mountain gorillas. I don’t think I could ever be as brave as she was, sometimes I fear I won’t have the time on this earth to be as effective as people like her, and I can only hope to leave a legacy that changes the way we think about, talk about, and treat other animals. She wasn’t perfect — none of us are — and not everyone agreed with all of the decisions she made, but that doesn’t in any way minimize the amazing work she did.

Sitting at her actual desk and reading from her actual notes (they were copied to preserve the originals, but still).

At the time she was killed, I believe there were about 150 mountain gorillas alive, and she predicted their complete annihilation by now. She would be proud of the work done in her name and because of what she started — resulting in 850 mountain gorillas accounted for, to date. They are still in danger of extinction, but there is hope. There is always hope. My life’s goal is to be that hope, share that hope, and continue to contribute in such a way that something of this hope endures when I’m gone — that the world will be better for animals by the time I leave it.

It’s been such an honor to have visited Rwanda four times now and to be this close to where she lived and worked, to witness her legacy first-hand, to support the vital work being done in her name, and to meet gorilla families who are here today because of her.

May we all be heroes for the animals and leave a legacy of compassion, peace, and selflessness.

The old Dian Fossey headquarters in Rwanda
Hiking up to Karisoke Research Center, where Dian Fossey lived, worked, and is buried