"The feeling of relaxation and peacefulness
experienced on most vacations fade soon after the return to
home and work responsibilities.
But the Baja whale adventure was unique. It is now several
weeks since my return and I marvel at the lingering sense
of calm I have experienced. The trip was truly too wonderful
for words. Just a peruse through my photo album would give
you an idea of the joy each of my fellow travelers experienced
- the looks of awe, laughter and joy on each of our faces
tell the story of a Chess Edwards' trip better than anything
I could write."
Sheryl Bronkesh, Scottsdale,
"I went to Baja with Chess Edwards anticipating
a relaxing trip, but I never could have anticipated the sheer
camaraderie that was shared by the entire group. It was a wonderful
experience, with incredible sunrises, sunsets and days of the
most awesome whale watching one could ever hope for. Above
all we were truly spoiled by Chess and his support
staff--they were all incredibly gracious and the food and accommodations
were the best I've ever had on any trip - and I've been on
more than a few!
thanks for sharing your sense of wonder at the beauty of
Baja, and your knowledge of the people and
live there. I will
Douglas, Encinitas, CA
in its majesty took care of the presence of whales and a
pristine setting but Chess,
you and Still Water Travel took care of allowing the group
to bond and flourish. It was an explosion of sensory discovery,
none of which would have happened without your motivational
leadership, always being available, gently directing our experience,
and never rigid or judgmental. The perfect Petri dish for personal
I think we all would agree that
each of us grew increasingly tranquil and opened to our unique
discoveries as we connected
on our own personal levels. I was a cynic and now a convert
to your gentle drawing out. Thanks for sharing your enthusiasm
and talents, they made for quite a memorable trip."
Lombardo, Morristown, NJ
had never been an adventure traveler. But when I met Chess
Edwards he helped ignite a
spark that drew me to Baja on a Whale Watching expedition.
The trip turned out to be far more of a sensory experience
than I had ever imagined - from the sights of such magnificent
to the tastes of the great and abundant food, to the sound
and smell of the sea lapping at the shore and to the touch
of my fellow travelers as we embraced in our new found friendships.
All in all - it's
a trip I will never forget, and hope to return again!"
Flores, San Diego, CA
to Africa with Still Water Travel under the expert guidance
of Chess Edwards
is an experience unparalleled. At least it was for me and I’m
71 and have traveled extensively over that many years.
The term “no
worries” was definitely relative to this dream trip
to South Africa. Absolutely everything was attended to on
travelers behalf. The lodges were exquisite, which was a
marvelous surprise considering one is out in the bush, the
and the attending staffs caring and accommodating. As the
added bonus, every animal promised appeared for our perusal.
obvious a great deal of time and thought went into preparing
for this safari. Thank you, Chess, for making those 17
days a truly spiritual experience which will remain with
for the rest of my life."
- Saugatuck, MI
was truly blessed by the opportunity to travel with you to
such a special
part of the world. Your abounding graciousness, knowledge,
warmth, caring, and sense of humor are phenomenal! Thank
you for opening the door to establishing new and genuinely
Christie Harrington -Ventura,
"The words 'thank
you' are completely inadequate in expressing my sincere appreciation
you did to make this journey so magnificent."
Mike Buckley - San Diego, CA
Another amazing experience. Chess offers adventure travel
in the finest style created for the traveler who
focuses on stepping outside of environmental and cultural
seeing the world with new eyes. I've gone with Chess to
Nepal and Tibet and to Baja whale watching ... all very
and exciting experiences. Chess' intimate knowledge of
the destination combined with his attention to detail
provides a marvelous space for growth and delight. I'm
already looking forward to our trip to Africa in 2003!"
Candace Young-Schult - Leucadia, CA
"I went on this trip
open to all experiences. I was not disappointed. We were
thoughtfully guided through
an amazing week of body, mind and soul enrichment. I will never
forget this trip. I am truly blessed to have been able to go.
Thank you to all who made it work and, of course, especially
Chess and the magic you create."
- Del Mar, CA
made it so easy for us to have an experience we'll never
be the same for having had. I for one am in your debt:
so much has and continues to change for me as a result of
our all being together. We really miss our fellow travelers."
Hugh Little - Saugatuck,
"The camaraderie that
developed among new acquaintances in the process of communing
the whales made the experience
a delight. The soft skin of mother and baby whales seeking
a friendly human encounter was striking. Thanks Chess. It
was a great trip."
- San Diego, CA
"We had an amazingly wonderful
time. There is no way that we could have had so many experiences
on a two-week trip to Nepal without the intimate knowledge
that our guides provided. The trip far exceeded our expectations."
Mark & Patti
Rosenthal - San Diego, CA
"Many thanks for a wonderful and inspiring
trip! I loved spending time both in Kathmandu and
the gorgeous mountains and monasteries. I appreciate
how well taken care of I felt at all times. The Nepali
staff was terrific and fun to interact with too. I
would heartily recommend for anyone to take another trip
with you, for the warmth and care that went into making
this trip special really came through clearly at every
step of the way."
Mundheim - New York, NY
the trek in Nepal far exceeded our expectations and will
be remembered forever as one of our most memorable vacations.
It was your deep understanding of Nepalese customs and traditions,
and your personal relationship with the Nepalese - particularly
the Sherpas and the monks in the monasteries -- that made
us feel more like guests than tourists."
Dale & Edie Sundby, La Jolla,