Selected Photos–Volume 1

Without recalling or re-posting all of the details of any particular trip, I thought it would be fun to post a few special photos of special places.  Valerie does all of our photography and while neither of us claim any special photographic skills, she captures some very nice images.  (These photos are in no particular order.)

Turnagain Arm, Anchorage, AK

Turnagain Arm – Chugach State Park:  Near Anchorage, Alaska, May 2018. Continue reading

Look Back: Nazca Lines

Peru contains a number of interesting places to visit:  Machu Picchu, the Andes, Amazon Rainforest, Lake Titicaca, Atacama Desert.  It’s forgivable that perhaps the Nazca Lines do not get as much attention as some of the others.

Hummingbird/Colibri

But, where else can you find hundreds of drawings scratched into the floor of a large flat plain, many of which stretch over 3/4 of a mile and were created approximately 2,000 years ago?  We took a sightseeing flight on a six seater in order to get the best view.

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Our visit to Nazca was in 2013 just prior to moving on to Cusco and Machu Picchu.

Look Back: Iguazú Falls

In August 2013, we ended our 4 month trip to South America in Buenos Aires.  We rented an apartment there for two weeks and during that time we took a bus trip to Puerto Iguazú in order to see Iguazú Falls.  This is really a collection of approximately 275 discreet waterfalls that straddle the border between Argentina and Brazil.  Iguazú Falls are considered to be among the most beautiful and largest in the world.  They stretch out over an area 1.7 miles long so it’s difficult to take it all in but you can experience the beauty of these falls from many vantage points.

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IMG_7271 Stitch

While in Puerto Iguazú, you can easily check out Tres Fronteras which provides a view of three  countries at the confluence of two great rivers.

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Look Back: Lake Titicaca

We got married on April 13, 2013, and then 3 days later headed to South America for a 4 month honeymoon.  This trip began in Ecuador then on to Peru, Chile, Argentina and Uruguay.  One of the most fascinating stops we made was in Puno, Peru, on the shores of Lake Titicaca.

Islas Uros

The surface of this lake sits at 12,600 feet above sea level.  We took a boat tour of a portion of the lake that allowed us to get a close up look at two remarkable indigenous cultures that live here.  One group on Isla Taquile and the other on floating islands made from reeds harvested from the lake.  Also, at the end of the article is a mention of a steamboat that operated on the lake in the mid-1800’s.

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I would also mention that while in Puno we suffered through some gastrointestinal sickness, one of the only such times we encountered this type of sickness while traveling.  We had to postpose our boat tour for a couple of days until we were sufficiently recovered.

Look Back: Sailboat to Cartagena

Since we retired near the end of 2010, our plan has been to travel, well pretty much full time travel.  We no longer had a permanent residence or even a rented one so we were mostly forced to keep moving.  Sure, in between, we were able to spend time with Valerie’s Mom or visit with friends and family.

We made extensive trips to Central America, South America, Mexico and Europe.  We took off on extended road trips, one across the country to the East Coast and one to the great Northwest ending in Vancouver, BC.  We did some house and pet sitting at various locations.  In 2015, we purchased a motorhome and spent 4 years wandering the US.

But now, well, the nomadic lifestyle doesn’t seem very realistic given the current circumstances.  Perhaps one day that will change but for the near term we have to rethink our travel centric approach to life.  In the meantime, we’re going to recall some of our favorite travel experiences of the past 9 years.  We’ll call these articles, the “Look Back” series.  Sometimes it’s fun to reminisce, especially since we may not have any new such experiences for a while. Continue reading