Preparing for travel
Author
Jarm Del Boccio
Less than 24 hours to go! We are feverishly getting ready for our trip. Since Olivia and I have special food needs, it is necessary to bring our snacks and meals with us, because they cannot …
Author
Elizabeth Conway
Panama Travel: Much more than the Canal Accompanied with the tag-line "Go for the canal. Stay for everything else" - the New York Times lists Panama as #1 in their annual Places to Go feature for …
Trogon that posed for us in the Orchid Garden
Author
Mary Jo Gilsdorf
Final farewells were said amongst new friends and off we went, back to our homes, laden with coffee, chocolate and memories of a lifetime.
Phragipedium hedge on path to Orchid Garden at Bosque de Paz
Author
Mary Jo Gilsdorf
The way back to San Jose, brought the opportunity to reflect and acknowledge the new friends we made, the new memories we have to cherish. So many more things to share about this wonderful trip …
Colorful handmade carpet in for the Guatemal Easter Festivals
Author
Elizabeth Conway
Guatemala's Semana Santa -- the Easter Festival -- in the former colonial capital are beyond comparison to anything in the northern hemisphere. Along cobblestone streets, intricate carpets of colored …
Stone Carving at Guayabo National Monument
Author
Torrey Ebaugh
The alarm went off incredibly early for us to meet our 4 a.m. transport to the airport. Again, way too short a stay in San Jose and the Hotel Le Bergerac. Ah well, perhaps the measure of a …
Strangler fig at Bosque de Paz. One of the many \"Ents\" in the forest.
Author
Mary Jo Gilsdorf
Our last National Park to visit on this trip. Our last full day of orchid hunting. And you know what they say - save the best for last! A short walk from the hotel to the gates of the Park, its …
Hundreds of thousands of King Penguins at St. Andrews Bay
Author
Amy Sonbuchner
This morning we wake up early as we need to disembark before 9:00am. We feel hesitant to leave the boat and our friends. While Antarctica is no longer uncharted land, it was still uncharted by us. …
Sunset at Turrialba
Author
Torrey Ebaugh
We have a busy day planned for our last full day in Costa Rica. This morning we are kayaking in the Hatillo Mangroves then we will be setting off for San Jose. When we met our guide we were …
The trees ...oh my goodness, the trees!
Author
Mary Jo Gilsdorf
We embark upon another full day; not to be outdone by the day before. We headed south and west leaving the rainbows of Monteverde behind, and traveled into the drier regions within sight of the …
King penguins strutting their stuff, South Georgia Island
Author
Amy Sonbuchner
We wake up around 7:00am and see the big cliffs of Cape Horn, Chile from our balcony. Landings at Cape Horn are expensive and quite infrequent. Our cruise company must contract a Chilean captain to …
Church at Santa Cruz
Author
Torrey Ebaugh
Bright and early, our guide Erick met us for our BIG snorkel day. As we headed south towards Sierpe, I was hoping our guide would know something about the stone spheres that were unique to the area. …
Orchid seedling hiding on a coffee branch.
Author
Mary Jo Gilsdorf
The next day brought nicer weather and we filled the morning in what was the best orchid garden we had seen so far in Costa Rica. Not only were the owners sticklers for proper identification (they …
Molting King Penguins, South Georgia Island
Author
Amy Sonbuchner
So far the Drake Passage is uneventful. We attend a lecture on bird migration and go on a behind-the-scenes tour of the kitchen. It looks like a challenging work environment and makes me appreciate …
Local children playing
Author
Torrey Ebaugh
The free time before our ocean kayak expedition gave us the perfect opportunity to check out the ocean. We set off down the road, past all the surfing schools to find a spot to do a bit of body …
Bixa orellena seeds used for lipstick.
Author
Mary Jo Gilsdorf
After the exploits of the day before, the day of travel to Monteverde, was welcomed. It was a rainy day - December is at the crossroads between the rainy and dry season so it was a good day to travel …
King Penguins at deserted whaling station, South Georgia
Author
Amy Sonbuchner
We are lucky to be awake while entering the portal to Deception Island, as the weather ends up turning for the worst a few hours later when we exit. Deception Island is a sunken volcano and creates a …
Heading over the rapids
Author
Torrey Ebaugh
As hard as it was to leave this beautiful mountain retreat, we were all excited to head to the coast. Before we arrived at the ocean, we stopped at Hacienda Baru for a visit to the Butterfly habitat …
Marco explaining Caoco beans (that\'s chocolate!)
Author
Mary Jo Gilsdorf
This was the granddaddy of trails we had been training for! Though we probably should have taken to the ski slopes instead of treadmills to train. We arrived and the trail was muddy. Not just a …
Old Leon
Author
Marnie Green
When we awoke on New Year's Day, the beach was packed with children and families. It seems that they arrived during the night by the busload from Managua, Granada, and all across Nicaragua. The …
Field of fur seals at Stromness Bay, South Georgia
Author
Amy Sonbuchner
This morning we look outside and see the sun shining, and the water is so still it looks like a mirror. The water is so still because we are in Neko Harbour, which is a small bay indenting the shore …
Riding the rapids
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Torrey Ebaugh
We began our New Year by travelling up the road to see if we could find the Resplendent Quetzal. Our guide Melvin was an expert on all the birds in the area. Just driving up the road, he named …
A breakfast repast for those Locos.
Author
Mary Jo Gilsdorf
After an early morning walk through the forest and a sighting of Miltonia powellii in bloom, we embarked for Arenal Volcano and environs. Soon, we would take on the challenge of the Rio Celeste …