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Europe » Spain » Galicia » Santiago de Compostela June 5th 2017

Hiking the El Camino NEW HORIZONS At the start of our journey everything was new and interesting. The ancient villages were a constant source of amazement, the stones having withstood the wear of centuries. In each village there was a church standing in the center on the highest ground. We could see it for miles before we arrived. I became fascinated with the variety of terrain we walked over: rocks, gravel, pavement, large round stones, soft duff in the forests, tiles and cobblestones in the villages and towns. After the two days of relentless sun without a tree for shade as we crossed the Pyrenees, I appreciated the paths that wound next to small streams under twisting arbors. In the thirty five days we walked we had only one day of drowning rain, lightning, and hail, ... read more
THE VILLAGE AND THE CHURCH
SURFACES
SURFACES

Europe May 22nd 2017

BABY STEPS One of the women I met on the trail likened the El Camino experience to life…labor, birth, childhood, middle age, death. I think that is a good analogy. I’ve already written about preparation. Labor was leaving Biarritz and getting to St Jean. My daughter Lauren was instrumental in getting us started on the trail. It was wrenching for me to leave my daughter-in-law and continue with our plans to complete the 500 mile walk to Santiago. But Lauren realized it would be difficult to finish the whole Way in the time we had allotted and we could not stay longer in Biarritz. We had to move on. Visiting with Mindy in France was fun…but we had to part and get on the trail. From Biarritz we traveled by bus to the train station. The ... read more
ST JOHN PIED De PORT
REGISTRATION
THE WAY

Europe » France » Midi-Pyrénées » Saint-Jean May 16th 2017

EL CAMINO de SANTIAGO Planning My living room was a morass of camping and hiking gear almost from the moment that my daughter, Lauren, agreed to go with me on this adventure; walking the French Way - 500 miles from St. Jean Pied de Port, France to Santiago, Spain. I thought, with this early start, things would automatically divide themselves into equipment and clothing to carry in my back pack and that which we would leave behind. Preparation for hiking the Camino was also an opportunity to eliminate unnecessary items from our hiking closet. I anticipated wrapping up this part of the preparation in a week or less and then I could enjoy with anticipation, the comfortable, light weight pack beaming at me as it stood against the wall waiting for the big day, the departure ... read more
PILGRIMS
MORE PILGRIMS
ANOTHER PILGRIM

Europe » France » Midi-Pyrénées » Saint-Jean May 5th 2017

THE DREAM Walking the Camino I am so far behind on my blogging. I do apologize. Every day I think I will write another blog about my 2016/2017 trip to the Caribbean, South America, and Indonesia. Then the sun goes down on my plan without a single word being written. Now I am so excited about my new trip that I want to jump start writing about it. So I expect I will be entering missing blogs from my last trip while writing about the trip I am planning now. Still in the planning stages, so anything can change - the goal: Hiking the El Camino de Santiago…starting May 20, 2017. I have been wanting to do this for about three years. Finally, my middle daughter, Lauren has agreed/almost agreed to go with me. She and ... read more
PILGRIMS POINTING TO THE CATHEDRAL OF SANTIAGO IN THE DISTANCE
DREAMING

Asia » Indonesia » Sulawesi » Lembeh February 6th 2017

INDONESIA - MY CUP RUNNETH OVER There is nothing quite like going on a dive trip and staying for a week or two. I usually plan at least two days of diving when I go to a new country, and as you can see…sometimes I do many more. This is my second trip to Lembeh Straits in Sulawesi, Philippines. It is a marvelous place. I like dive resorts, and dive live-aboards, where the emphasis is on diving. But I also like smaller dive shops so my hotels or hostels are in local neighborhoods and I get to see more of the culture and the people of the country. This trip, which started on December 5th and ended on February 9th was a good mix of diving and travel. I started by joining a friend from my ... read more
SOFT CORALS
NEMO IN HIDING
GUNNEL?

Asia » Indonesia February 5th 2017

ALMOST PARADISE I could get used to being here, in an all-inclusive dive resort. The food is thoughtfully prepared and there is something new every meal. I love the fresh fruit and there are lots of treats…always one available between meals. Diving gives me a big appetite, and there is no place to buy fast foods. Quite a relief, really. I always take tea bags with me, and almonds, walnuts and/or pecans but I haven't really needed them. One of the couples here (they are a bit older and retired) stay here for three months every year. I think I’ll inquire about how much it costs per month. I would love to do that. Then I wouldn’t be in such a rush to dive three dives a day. And there would be time to relax and ... read more
FROG FISH
SMALL FROG FISH
PIPE FISH

Asia » Indonesia » Sulawesi » Lembeh February 3rd 2017

INDONESIA – CORNUCOPIA OF THE SEA I woke up to sunny weather and waited till after the dive boat left the dock at 7:30 a.m. before leaving my comfortable bed and searching out food and friends at NAD dive resort. I fought the temptation to grab my camera and run out and join the other divers doing the morning dives, but the first day of diving, although thrilling, had left me almost sick with exhaustion and a fierce headache. I decided to take the morning off, on day two, to rest and recuperate. Traveling from Santiago, Chile to Lembeh Straits in Indonesia had been a two day endurance test of flights and lay-overs. I went to breakfast. There were a few other guests who were relaxing, rather than diving. I ordered eggs and toast and ate ... read more
BABY LION FISH
MACRO -  MASTER OF CAMOUFLAGE
SHRIMP

Asia » Indonesia » Sulawesi » Lembeh January 30th 2017

LEMBEH This was a funny trip. My flight to Indonesia from Santiago, Chile was routed through Seattle. I had a fourteen hour layover, not time enough to drive all the way home, then back to the airport. I asked my daughter, Lauren to come visit with me and to bring me a pair of pedal pushers; I lost my brand new ones in Costa Rica on our river run. I could catch up with what was happening at home, and since I would only be diving on this part of my trip I could send some stuff home and travel lighter. Lauren and Mike met me in the airport but when I went to the luggage carousel my luggage wasn’t there. I checked with the airline and it was locked up in a room waiting to ... read more
ELUSIVE SEAHORSE
BOX CRAB
WHITE FROG FISH

South America » Chile » Santiago Region » Santiago January 21st 2017

SANTIAGO, CHILE IMPRESSIONS I arrived in Santiago in the dark. The taxi was overpriced and that makes me cranky. I smoothed my own feathers, not liking the persona of the grumpy old woman tourist. I forced myself to chat amicably with the taxi driver, and when we arrived at the hotel I allowed the driver to carry my bags into the hotel, which I do myself, all the time. The driver stood in the lobby waiting for a tip and all I had was a fifteen dollar bill in local currency, forcing me to hand it to him. It left a really bad taste in my mouth. Not an auspicious beginning to my stay. I am ashamed to say I had no expectations for Chile. Santiago was simply the point of embarkation to my next dive ... read more
VIEW FROM MY ROOM
RQ 1 - FIRST HOTEL
RQ 2 - WRONG HOTEL

South America » Peru » Cusco » Machu Picchu January 18th 2017

THE ADVENTURE CONTINUES Machu Picchu and the Return to Cuzco On my second day in Aguas Calientes I packed and had breakfast in my hotel, then stored my suitcase behind the hotel desk. I purchased a bus ticket and found myself joining a large loosely knit group of tourists as they streamed through the entry way to the ancient city of Machu Picchu. Without really thinking about it I turned left onto the trail to the Sun Gate. A bit of luck, really, because this is exactly what I had wanted to do the day before. It was very hot, and I was very slow, but I made my way up, up, up to the original entryway to the city. Between gasps I took my first video with voice. It wasn’t half bad. Along the way ... read more
SEXY PIZZA SIGN
SHOPPING IN CUSCO
GOLD, GOLD, GOLD




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