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Assateague Island

This is a favorite place in the DC area for my family and I. And it’s surprising how many people have been to Ocean City, Maryland, and never taken the short side trip to the Island. The beaches on Assateague Island are the best preserved wild beaches I’ve seen in this region. What’s more, with […]

Escaping from Washington

I’ll get to some of the places I like in Washington, itself, eventually, but for someone like me, someone from the open spaces out west, the most important thing to know when you live in a city like Washington is how (and to where) you can escape.  My favorite escapes from Washington are Dolly Sods […]

A Day on the River

First full day on the river in Santa Rosa, Beni, Bolivia.  We went upriver this morning, seeing lots of common caimanes, black caimanes, turtles, squirrel monkeys, capuchin monkeys, many different species of birds and pink dolphins. Our destination was a large, deep pool in the river where the pink dolphins rest and care for their […]

To Serkhe Kkota

This is a great little trip, especially if you hike it.  And since there is also a road, you might be able to get someone to drive and that way you only need to hike in one direction. Laguna Serkhe Kkota (Q’uta is Aymara for lake, and gets masacred in place names throughout this part […]

Valley of the Moon

The valley of the moon is one of the closest and easiest trips out of La Paz. In fact, these days it is hardly even out of La Paz, as the south zone of the city (Zona Sur) continues to creep down the valley. The formation is of heavily compressed dirt and clay, which has […]

Issyk Ata

The trip to Issyk Ata is a nice day trip, with possibilities for hiking or soaking in the hot springs. It’s also another curious relic of Soviet days with lots of old symbols of the Union still scattered about. I won’t go into the route details, since the route, including links to gps information, is […]

Protected: On to Utah

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Enjoying the Waves

[flv][/flv] Aliciya’s been having a great time playing on the beach these past few days.


So, after 48 long hours of travel, we made it to Hawaii four days ago.  It’s a tremendous relief to have the packing done, the car sold, the last work from the office finished (well, almost, I did bring a little bit with me), and get someplace warm.  Still, we are already missing Bishkek and […]

An Exciting 6-yr-old Christmas

[flv][/flv] Aliciya had a blast, as you can see in this short clip. That made Christmas for all of us, of course. Merry Christmas to all!