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Stockholm – Arrival and Day 1

We arrived to a rainy Stockholm after a long day of air travel. San Francisco to Copenhagen and then a short jump from Copenhagen to Stockholm. We found a local pub that served Mary’s favorite beer, one that I had to try, and Swedish meatballs. It seemed like the perfect way to celebrate our arrival. […]

The Kimberley – Day 9 – Montgomery Reef

Our final excursion was to the Montgomery Reef. We gathered en masse at 5:30 AM so that we could watch this massive 150 Sq. Mi. of reef emerge from the ocean as the tide ebbed. There is as much as 10M of tidal change in sea level in this area. This exposes as much as […]

The Kimberley – Day 8 – Talbot Bay

The geography in Talbot Bay was very unusual. In most of the regions of the Kimberley the layers of rock were always oriented horizontally. Here they tilted as much as 80%. This was caused when the Indian and Australian plates pushed against one another. Talbot Bay is also home to the Horizontal Falls, was a […]

The Kimberley – Day 7 – Mitchell Falls

Today we visited Mitchell Falls via helicopter. On the short zodiac ride to the beach for pick-up, the driver was hilariously whistling The Ride of the Valkyrie and evoked memories of Apocalypse Now. The open air helicopters were a fun way to see the country and meant we could skip a bus ride, since they […]

The Kimberley – Day 6 – Vansittart Bay & Jar Island

The next day we were in Vansittart Bay and visited Jar island where we saw ancient paintings of Wandjina Figures called Bradshaw art or locally called Gwion Gwion Art. Their origin and dating are still in question. They were painted by local indigenous tribes (aboriginal peoples) – many suspect their age to be about 15-20 […]

The Kimberley – Days 4 and 5

Welcome to Plan B (and Plan C). Plan B was to visit the Berkeley River since we didn’t hit Jaco island. High winds scrapped Plan B and invoked Plan C – we hopped up to the King George River (and falls) for an extra day. It was really our first day experiencing the amazing sandstone […]

The Kimberley – Day 3 – The Bungles

The next day we trucked (figuratively) over to Wyndham. Wyndham is the northernmost city of Western Australia (WA). WA is 33% of Australia’s landmass and about 11% of its population. There are still more cattle than people. Some of the stations, what we call ranches, have over a million head. You will see stunning examples […]

The Kimberley – Days 1 and 2

We arrived in Darwin, a town of about 150,000 people. It is primarily a port town. It is the capital of the Northern Territory which is >500,000 Sq.Mi. and home to less than 250,000 people. While it is about 18% of Australia’s land mass, it is only 1% of its population. We boarded the Silver […]

Last day – back to Baltra and then home

It was an amazing trip. One we will never forget. Experienced some amazing places, and met some new friends. As I write this we are in Quito airport waiting for our red-eye to Atlanta and then on to Minneapolis. It is time for this adventure to end. Looking forward to seeing family and friends while […]

Santa Cruz

We cruised overnight to Santa Cruz, the island with the largest human population. The headquarters of the Galápagos National Park Service and the Charles Darwin Research Station are located in the small town of Puerto Ayora. At the Fausto Llerena Breeding Center, we saw dome shaped tortoises some of which are waiting to be returned […]