Rapa Nui | Seeing is Believing Pt I

Approaching the Quarry
Approaching Rano Raraku

Miles from nowhere – the nearest inhabited land is 1289 miles away – Rapa Nui (also known as Easter Island) is one of the most enchanting and remarkable places I have visited. In the tradition of great things coming in small packages, this 63 square mile triangular-shaped island has enough wonderful sites and activities to warrant spending at least a week. We barely scratched the surface with six full days of hiking, biking and exploring and hope to return one day.  Continue reading “Rapa Nui | Seeing is Believing Pt I”

Magnificent Machu Pichu – a Closer Look

I had to restrain myself from subtitling this post “A Llama’s Eye View”! They are so engaging (from afar) and I couldn’t get enough of them. However, the real attraction at Machu Picchu is the amazing architecture. The citadel at Machu Picchu (which means Old Peak in Quechuan) dates to the mid-15th century when it was built under the aegis of Inca Sapa Pachacuti. (NB: The term Inca applies only to the rulers and the civilization; the indigenous people are Quechua.)  Continue reading “Magnificent Machu Pichu – a Closer Look”

Machu Picchu – Getting There is Half the Fun

There are two main ways to get to Machu Picchu with variations on each. You can hike for four-five days along the Inca Trail or you can take the train to Aguas Calientes followed by a bus ride or a moderately challenging 90-minute trek to the sanctuary.

View from the train to Machu Pichu
Excuse the reflections and Admire the Exquite View from the Train!

After three days in the Sacred Valley, we opted for a hybrid route. We took the train  from Ollantaytambo to the prosaically named  Km 104 station (so-named because of its distance from Cusco).  If you blink, or nod off, you could definitely miss it! Continue reading “Machu Picchu – Getting There is Half the Fun”

Peru |Highlights of the Sacred Valley

Peru’s Sacred Valley took my breath away – literally and figuratively. The valley floor is at 3000 meters above sea level outside of Pisac and descends over its 100 kilometers to just above 2000 meters near Machu Picchu. Also known as the  Urubamba valley, its namesake river meanders the entire length and irrigates the otherwise arid region.   Continue reading “Peru |Highlights of the Sacred Valley”

2017 – a Wonder-Full Year

Many believe that January was named for Janus, the Roman god of gates and beginnings, usually portrayed with two faces: one looking back and other forward. It seems only fitting to begin this year with an overview of  2017 and some plans for 2018. With trips spanning four continents and including one of the most remote places on earth, 2017 was a banner year. Scroll down for highlights from the past twelve months and click on links for more info.  Continue reading “2017 – a Wonder-Full Year”

Enthralled by the Eclipse

Living in the “Path of Totality” seemed to be more aggravating than exciting over the year leading up to the eclipse on August 21st.  The only hotel rooms available were going for outrageous prices, rental cars were sold out in the entire western area, grocery stores double stocked in preparation for what locals came to call the ApocEclipse. Much to everyone’s delight, the hordes did not materialize, supplies didn’t run out, the skies were clear and the Eclipse was absolutely phenomenal. Continue reading “Enthralled by the Eclipse”

Wyoming | Where the Wildflowers Are

There’s so much more to the Wild Wild West than cowboys, bison and open spaces. This year, we were lucky enough to be directly in the solar eclipse’s path of totality! I didn’t get any photos of the eclipse itself, but I posted some fun shots on instagram. While I can’t count on another such experience in the near future, or maybe ever, I do know that year after year, Mother Nature shows her true colors in many other ways, right here in Jackson Hole. Continue reading “Wyoming | Where the Wildflowers Are”