Treehouse in Taznania, lake manyara safari

Hi, I’m Misha. Welcome to my luxury wilderness travel blog.

I seek out intimate luxury travel experiences that provide guests with a deep connection to nature. Whether it be a wilderness lodge, wildlife safari, guest ranch, or farm stay, I will show you the best that each outdoor-focused destination has to offer.

I Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Thyroid!

Tomorrow morning at 6am I will be admitted to the hospital for a total thyroidectomy and lymph node dissection. Well cancer, you atrocious thing you, I DON’T NEED NO STINKIN’ THYROID!  So there!

The thought of someone slicing into my throat is not very comforting. What is comforting is all of the love and support that surrounds me each and every day. Having a good family is one of God’s greatest gifts and I have really come to appreciate just how special mine is. No matter what happens, no matter where we are in the world, as long as I have my family I am happy and I am home.

Last weekend I wanted to get away with my husband and kids to spend some quality quiet-time together before my operation. We found a great little glass house at the base of Sequoia National Park. (Separate post on that coming soon). It had no cell service and no WiFi. In this case, I actually appreciated the lack of communication with the rest of the world, because the four of us were undistracted and spent our time exploring outside, cooking together in our PJ’s, and playing board games.  It was one of the best weekends I’ve ever had- despite the fact that meanwhile someone was breaking into our house and stealing my husband’s car and personal items. In the end we decided not to let that get in the way of our enjoyment of each other. After all, material things have no real value in our hearts. So fine, take our things. We still have each other.

Long story short, getting cancer, getting robbed, all of these things have been blessings in disguise.  I will come out stronger and even more united with my loved ones. Maybe this is God’s way of sending me a little wake up call, because now I can think more clearly and really value what I hold close to my heart. These types of life events, as inconvenient as they may be, are the types of things that make people stop and really think about what and who is important to them. I will remain indefinitely thankful. ♥








  • Jennifer


    You are an inspiration. Thoughts and prayers to you and your family. ♡♡♡♡

    October 29, 2014
  • I love this quote: “We are never far from where we need to be. God would not have brought us to this place in our life, if He didn’t have something for us to receive.” Best of luck tomorrow and every day forward.

    October 30, 2014
  • Krishni Arra


    I love every picture here!! So cute… I think we need another family trip here. We’ll bring the board games!

    October 30, 2014
  • Tears streaming down my face again! But good tears this time because you are right. Usually when bad things happen to us we don’t understand why at the time, but when we look back with the new clarity that the struggle brings, we begin to understand why… You are such an inspiration Misha. I am praying for you today and always. You are so strong! You will get through this! xoxo

    October 30, 2014
  • Hope you are doing well!

    December 17, 2014

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