Maasai Mara National Park
Cheetah FamilyMy family and I are big cat lovers. I mean BIG CAT lovers, such as lions, leopards, and especially cheetahs. Our son's 13th birthday was fast approaching and traditionally, kids in our New York neighborhood would celebrate their bar/ bat mitzvahs with a huge party. We decided to give our son a choice: a party (he had been to dozens of them) or something different. Really different... a safari in Kenya. He picked Kenya. Off we went and spent almost 2 weeks traveling the usual safari route from Nairobi down to Amboseli, up to Samburu, over to Lake Nakuru, and then to the crown jewel of safari locations.... Maasai Mara, or "the Mara" as it's affectionately known by those of us lucky to have been there. We had no idea the spiritual impact the place would have on all of us. We were fortunate to have been there to witness the annual migration -- one of the most amazing events in the natural world. If there ever was a place where one could be in total sync with nature, total spirituality, it was there. A touching example of this rhythm was witnessing a small part of the daily life of this cheetah family. An experience that I personally will never forget.