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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 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 […]

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 […]

Silversea Galapagos (day 5)

Hops, hops and more hops. We flew from Quito to Guayaquil to Baltra, rode the bus to the coast/pier and then finally took a Zodiac to the Ship. Finally we are underway.

Quito (day 4)

Another early wake up call (5:00AM) so we could catch an early Cusco to Lima flight, followed by a Lima to Quito leg. The remote destinations we chose (Machu Picchu and the Galapagos) required a lot of connecting flights. A city tour was available but we’d had enough of busses and travel for the day. This […]

Machu Picchu (day 3)

I rose at 5:45 to be at the gate when the park opened at 6. Sunrise had not yet cleared the surrounding mountains. The objective was to catch the ancient city as dawn hit. It was amazing. A magical place we will never forget. This is the site before first sun. Even at this hour […]

Machu Picchu (day 2)

After an obscenely early lobby departure (3:15) and a ride to the airport we departed for Cusco. At one point, Cusco was the main capital of the Incan empire but most of the dwellings were destroyed by the Spanish invaders centuries ago. For us, it was the beginnings of a plane, bus, train, and bus […]

Lima – Day 1 (arrival & more)

Today is the first real day of our Machu Picchu/Galapagos bucket list trip. We arrived last night (Monday) at the Lima airport at about 11:00 PM (which is in the central time zone). It was a long day considering we started from our Hotel at SFO at 4:30AM (pacific time). Lima is larger than I […]

Rome to Istanbul – Day 9-10 (Istanbul)

Fifteen million inhabitants is a lot of people. We were told that the density here is second only to Shanghai. I don’t doubt that for a minute (but wikipedia differs). We arrrived early Saturday morning and left for the airport Sunday early (2:45 AM). I never saw a road that wasn’t clogged. We sailed up […]

Rome to Istanbul – Day 8 (Ephesus)

We left Izmir early for our trip to Ephesus. It is an amazingly preserved piece of history. There are active excavations happening every day as they learn more about this ancient city. I’ll post a link to more images later since there is so much happening there. This first image below is the main shopping […]