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Sunrise:  Lago de Atitlan, Guatemala

IN CELEBRATION OF PLANET EARTH

TODAY IS EARTH DAY!   For 43 years on April 22, more than one billion people take part in Earth Day. Across the globe, individuals, communities, organizations, and governments acknowledge the amazing planet we call home and take action to protect it.     As an informed global traveler, I am acutely aware of the […]

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Galapagos Islands; Part VI

–Day 9-San Cristobal Island– Well the eight day incredible boat trip has regrettably ended; however, I still have several days at liberty in the Galapagos before my flight back to Quito.  Jackson, Guy and I have decided to hang together for a couple more days. We take a three hour fast boat trip to San […]

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Galapagos Islands; Part V

–Day 7-Santiago Island-Egas Port-Rabida Island– We start the morning hiking across Santiago Island to lava flows teeming with Galapagos Sea Lions.  There are not as many Marine Iguanas as the last two days but they are generally larger.  Some incredible pools and bridges over the ocean formed by the lava flows add texture to an […]

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Galapagos Islands; Part IV

Some days I am really glad that I woke up early! –Day 4–Chinese Hat-Santa Cruz Island-Whaler Bay– After breakfast we go for a walk on a gorgeous beach.  Lots of Sally Lightfoot Crabs.  Many sea lions.  We see a pup nursing.  Several sea lions are swimming in the surf as well as two Marine Iguanas. […]

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Vilcabamba!

I just wrapped up a five week stint in Ecuador with a stay at the hosteria Izhcayluma in Vilcabamba.  Izhcayluna aptly bills itself as a backpacker resort and was founded by brothers Peter and Dieter in 2001.  It sits 2 km up a hill overlooking Vilcabamba and the beautiful Valley of Longevity. My cabin was better than […]

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WHAT MAKES A DAY SPECIAL?

What makes a day special, unique and memorable?  Is it seeing some new drop dead gorgeous scenery for the first time?  Is it doing something unique within a commonplace situation?  Is it meeting someone from a different culture and having a deep heart connection with them as you share your differences despite language and culture […]

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Galapagos Islands; Part III

Day 3–Santiago Island-Sullivan Bay-Bartholomew Island –214 Photos Taken–   6:00 a.m.-We go on our first expedition of the day to Santiago island where we explore the lava flows and get some education on Galapagos Vulcanology from our guide interpreter, Victor. The patterns in the lava are caused during the cooling process.  This is a fairly […]

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