Have you taken to the skies lately? If you have not been on a flight to the USA from  England, pack your pillows! Our flight (My son, Simon Ambrose, was my traveling companion and study mate) was a grueling fourteen (14) hours plus our layover and transport times to and from the airports, a total of 5,269 miles with an average air speed of 410 knots-give or take a little.

However, we were justly rewarded with a luxury hotel and comfortable beds to whilst away the night catching up on much needed sleep before setting out for our big day of exploration around the city of Phoenix’s, downtown.

We eventually made it to the intriguing Phoenix Zoo where we were not sure we would have put up much resistance, if eye to eye with a  tiger or the white Rhino. In fact, I’m quite sure we would not have been a champion, if forced to a duel with either!

The tiger crouched in position looking so stately certainly gave reason to pause and move cautiously about so not to startle him. A beautiful beast in every sense of the word. As a point of interest, do you know where these beautiful creatures originate from? Well, tigers, leopards and lions are all part of the Felidae family of cats, which originated in Africa and share a common ancestor. At some point, probably around 2 million years ago, one offshoot of Felidae migrated east toward Asia, and those cats evolved into the orange-, black-, and white-striped beasts we know today.(https://www.livescience.com/32866-no-tigers-in-africa.html)

The white Rhino, on the other hand, hails from  a few areas. The majority (98.8%) of white rhinos occur in just four countries: South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, and Kenya. Northern white rhinos and southern white rhinos are genetically distinct subspecies and are found in two different regions in Africa. (https://www.worldwildlife.org/species/white-rhino) While I would not consider this one to be a beauty, its stature is one of a powerful force to reckon with, especially has a horn which is said to be worth $300,000 according to reports that Vietnam believes it cures cancer and hangovers..

The highlight for me at the zoo was the chance to feed a giraffe! 

Their graceful necks with sleek and strong stature, along with the length of their legs is enough to impress anyone.

Characterized by its long legs, long neck, and distinctive spotted pattern, many people first believed the giraffe was a cross between a leopard and a camel, which is reflected in its scientific name, Giraffa camelopardalis . Giraffes live primarily in  savanna areas in the sub-Saharan region of Africa.


The best I saved for last! 

Tyrannosaurus rex!

Tyrannosaurus rex was up to 40 feet (12.4 m) long, about 15 to 20 feet (4.6 to 6 m) tall. The arms were only about 3 feet (1 m) long. Tyrannosaurus rex was roughly 5 to 7 tons in weight. The enormous skull was about 5 feet (1.5 m) long.

Tyrannosaurus rex, a meat eater but I can’t convince him to enjoy the vegetation! 

I’ll have to run for it…see you in the next post with further details. 

Well, aside from having a tired but exhilarating time at the zoo, we did not travel all of these miles to meet up with these creatures of the wild. In fact, we had an extraordinary opportunity to travel to Sedona, Arizona, where we had enrolled in a class conducted by the Raymond Aaron Group, for a writers conference and retreat and the opportunity to meet Jack Canfield, best selling author of Chicken Soup for the Soul. He was a guest speaker and mentor for one of these four days and we learned a lot


Here, Raymond Aaron, a New York Best  Selling Author presenting me, Chris Ambrose, with an award for a Lifetime Achievement

These four days were spent with fellow authors, who understand the commitment necessary to become successful. For all of those that have supported me, I thank you. The Raymond Aaron Group has provided me an enormous amount of self confidence wrapped inside  my gift of education, to follow-through, marketing, personal growth and all at a time, when my life was in shambles, following the loss of my beloved wife, Irene.

Jack Canfield and Chris Ambrose


Sedona, Arizona

Writers Conference

January 2018 

Jack Canfield and 

Simon Ambrose


Sedona, Arizona

        Writers Conference and Retreat

              January 2018

The conference ended and Simon and I were On the Road Again!

Destination: Bremerton, Washington-Hampton Inn & Suites. It is across the Sound from Seattle, about a 55 minute ferry ride, 30 minute Monorail ride from the SeaTac Airport and a 3 hour and 10 minute flight from Phoenix, Arizona! Our days are long but we were on a mission. We had made new  friends in the United States and we set off to meet them in person and see what we could, in a few days. Bremerton is a city in Kitsap County, Washington. The population was 40,500 at the 2016 State Estimate, making it the largest city on the Kitsap Peninsula. This area is known for its Naval bases and military presences with submarine and surface craft facilities so with our natural curiosity for research and history, this was a visit we looked forward to seeing! Besides, we had heard there were many Orcas, the Killer Whales that swam in the seas. Oh, what a surprise we had waiting for us! Although our friends had made plans for our comfort, they worried we may be hungry at nights so this is what laid waiting for us in our room! I do believe they felt we were frail as all of this had to be  eaten prior to leaving or we had to pack for our journey back to England! Oh well, there are worse things in life than to be loved! And we loved every bite.

Our evening began very late but with a visit and an Italian dinner. The following day we set off to a town named Poulsbo, a Viking town known as Little Norway. We walked along the parklike setting with the water to our backs and enjoyed pastries from a local danish bakery, called a crispy.

Our time was limited so we elected to stay indoors and visit with our friends with the exception of visiting a Naval Museum at the Naval PSNS Base. (Puget Sound Naval Shipyard) and another at Keyport Naval Museum, in Keyport, Washington where we spent several hours.

Simon and Chris Ambrose-NUWES

Simon at the periscope in the NUWES-Naval Underseas Warfare Engineering Station,- Keyport, Washington. 

Until We Meet Again!


Chris Ambrose, Author


70 is the new 50

No matter what Life throws at you, 

it’s where Giving Up, is Never an Option!



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