Leaving the Galapagos

Our View on Santa Cruz

Wow…we thought getting there took some steps.  Leaving took almost as many.  Breakfast was served at 7:00 am and promptly at 7:30 am our journey back to Quito began. We took a private bus from the main part of Santa Continue reading Leaving the Galapagos

To Eat Guinea Pig or Not To Eat Guinea Pig?

Stuffed Guinea Pigs

When I travel I like to get brave and try customary food/drinks.  I started out my trip in Peru with something easy…a Pisco Sour.  Pisco is a local spirit made from grapes.  I didn’t try a shot of it, so Continue reading To Eat Guinea Pig or Not To Eat Guinea Pig?

La Catedral del Cuzco

La Catedral del Cuzco

I read Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett several years ago.  I never would have believed that a book about building cathedrals in the 1100s would be interesting.  It’s a bit slow at first, but once it gets moving Continue reading La Catedral del Cuzco

A Starbucks Oasis in the Middle of Peru

Starbucks View of La Catedral

When I first moved to Washington state I did not get the obsession with coffee and Starbucks.  Nearly 14 years later I’m as addicted to Starbucks just like a lot of other Washingtonians.  However, my beverage of choice is Unsweetened Continue reading A Starbucks Oasis in the Middle of Peru

2012 Week #34


As part of touring Quito, Ecuador we found Basilica del Voto Nacional (or Basilica of the National Vow).  It was architecturally one of my favorite buildings.  Climbing the towers gave an amazing view of the steeples and the City of Continue reading 2012 Week #34

Swimming with Giant Sea Turtles

Giant Sea Turtle

It’s hard to pick a highlight from my trip to the Galapagos, but swimming with the Sea Turtles is probably tied for the top (with the Penguins)*.  I’ve seen small Sea Turtles in Belize, but the massive size and quantity Continue reading Swimming with Giant Sea Turtles

I Love Boobies…

Blue-Footed Booby

…of the Blue-Footed type. By the way…Dad…if you are reading this you have a great hat coming your way…love you. The Galapagos is probably one of the few places where you can constantly say “I love boobies” and no one Continue reading I Love Boobies…

Penguin Encounters

Duo of Penguins

The Galapagos penguins are the second smallest penguins in the world.  For some reason I was certain I wouldn’t see any on this trip.  I figured they would be very elusive.  Luckily I saw them three times; all three times Continue reading Penguin Encounters