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Monika Sundem
Rise and Shine early! We heard people doing the “wellness walk” this morning at 6:45 AM outside our cabin – yay. Needless to say, we had opted not to participate, but ended up …
Meadow at Pooks Hill
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Laurie Shacknove
This morning we started out on another adventure off to Carocal, Rio Frio Cave, and then the Rio on Pools for an afternoon dip. To get to Carocal, we cross a river via ferry, up a hill, then …
Relaxing on the rocks
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Richard (Dick) Morasch
. Exploring the Sacred Valley was the plan for the day. Departing from the hotel in Cusco at 8 am, we again rode in a comfortable 11-seat Mercedes van. It was soon evident that tour guide Teddy was …
Feeding the tapirs at the zoo
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Laurie Engleking
Our day began with our bumpy ride to Xunantunich. We toured and hiked the ruins with our guide Francisco. He was our guide for the full 4 days. He is very well informed and a good driver too. We had …
Brightly colored weavings in the market
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Colleen Wilford
Hike to crater, filled with fresh water where Frigates clean off wings. Back in time to sea kayak to Darwin Bay. Can I be on vacation all the time?
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Monika Sundem
We wandered around Juneau today for 6 hours. A quaint gift shop town. While it felt like being in a mall all day, it was fascinating at the same time. The big celebrity cruise ship was in port and …
Pooks Hill
Author
Laurie Shacknove
After a delicious breakfast, Francisco has us load up and off we go to Xunantunich. When we first got there I thought there is no way I am going to make it to the top, and if I do how the heck will I …
Bird perched upon the rocky shoreline
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Richard (Dick) Morasch
. The plan for today was an 8-hour bus ride to Cusco featuring numerous stops along the way. Adventure Life again handled our transfer from hotel to bus terminal. We departed the hotel at 6:30 for …
Howler Monkey
Author
Laurie Engleking
I arrived one day early and stayed in Belize City and did Cave Tubing and Zip lining on my own. That was worth coming a day early. I spent the night at the Biltmore and then the shuttle from Pook's …
A local man in Quito
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Colleen Wilford
Here is the dream come true. The ocean, the birds, the amazing little town, with a sweet little lodge on the beach. Sea Lions moan, groan and nip at fins. Frigates wheel in the air above. Incense …
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Monika Sundem
We flew on a quick island hopper from Missoula to Seattle, grabbed a quick terriyaki dinner during our 40 minute layover, an then flew the rest of the way north to Juneau. The landscape out the …
Melissa and the baby Tapir at the Belize Zoo
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Laurie Shacknove
After a bit of a bumpy landing we arrived in Belize and were met at the airport by Francisco our awesome, terrific guide for the next few days. After we picked up another fellow Adventure Life …
Humboldt penguin on Lslas Ballestras
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Richard (Dick) Morasch
. With the sun rising over the Bolivian Andes and peering through our window at 6 am, we rose in order to prepare for our departure. Following breakfast of rolls, fried cake and tea, and with many …
Exploring Quito on our way to the Galapagos!
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Colleen Wilford
Santiago our guide is wonderful; friendly, knowledgeable, helpful with a wonderful smile. What else to ask for? The old market is amazing. I finally have the 3 dimensional textile wall hangings …
Speeding to Islas Ballestras
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Richard (Dick) Morasch
. LAKE TITICACA According the local Andean legend, Lake Titicaca was the birthplace of civilization and has long been considered a sacred place among indigenous Andean people who believe powerful …
Exploring Quito on our way to the Galapagos!
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Colleen Wilford
17 churches. Wonderful peaks, color, noise, food. "John" like Wayne explains that we need a guide. We relent and he ends up being right: 7 tons of gold lining a church, kids playing …
Author
Liz Fleming
After hours of bumping around in the komatiks, we arrived back in Pond Inlet, tired and ready for our denouement dinner – a bitter sweet moment. Mike had promised we’d find our magic in …
The Candelabro
Author
Richard (Dick) Morasch
. Under a cloudless blue sky, we departed from the Colca Lodge at 8 am for the drive to Puno. During the first half of the drive we retraced our drive thru Chivay and over the 16,100 Patapampa Pass, …
Exploring Quito on our way to the Galapagos!
Author
Colleen Wilford
Late and bewildered. It all works out - no problems in customs, hailing a cab, or our rooms. Ah, wonderful sleep.
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Liz Fleming
Our last full day was so warm, madness struck. At the floe edge, Sandra, Tom, Cornelius and I posed in bathing suits on caribou skins for an Arctic Sports Illustrated swimsuit shoot, while Justin and …
La Hacienda courtyard
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Richard (Dick) Morasch
. The next morning we both felt much better and ate a light breakfast prior to our 6:30 am departure through the Colca Valley to view the Andean condors that typically soar over the canyon walls at 9 …
Author
Liz Fleming
After yesterday’s adventures, crawling out of bed was hard on this, the longest day of the year. At the floe edge we found belugas cavorting, so we hurried into our dry suits and kayaks. The …
View from our room in La Hacienda Hotel
Author
Richard (Dick) Morasch
. The plan for today was to drive to the Colca Canyon, 103 miles from Arequipa. The departure scheduled for 8 am was an unusually late start for us. Although the typical driving time was 3-4 hours, …
Author
Liz Fleming
On our way to the floe edge this morning, we spotted polar bear tracks and stopped to scan the horizon with our binoculars. The print-maker was far off but we snapped shots until he ambled away. The …