Six hundred miles off the coast of Ecuador you’ll find the Galapagos National Park which encompasses 97% of the land mass of the Galapagos Islands and the surrounding waters. This is one of the most bio-diverse places on earth.Continue reading
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
In my previous post about our visit to Belize, I referenced the Belize Barrier Reef that stretches 190 miles in the Caribbean alongside Belize. From the island of Ambergris Caye there is a very shallow shelf out to the reef, you can almost walk from the shoreline to the reef that is about 300 yards offshore. In most places the top of the reef is at or just below the surface of the water.
Archipelago de Bocas del Toro consists of six heavily forested islands and scores of uninhabited islets in the Caribbean 32km south from the border with Costa Rica. The largest of the islands, Isla Colon, is home to the town of Bocas del Toro, capital city for the province by the same name, a colorful town of wooden houses built by the United Fruit Company early in the 20th century.