2014 Wrap-up

I started 2014 by celebrating New Years in Christchurch, New Zealand and the year evolved from there. On January 3rd, I moved on to Australia for some epic adventures (admittedly I still have some posts to write from that trip). Continue reading 2014 Wrap-up

Some of My Photos are on Public Display

Crab at Galapagos Ecuador

I’ve been absent from my blog lately, but I have an excuse.  As of this morning, several of my photos went on display at a restaurant in Issaquah.  They will be there until June 22nd.  At that time, they will Continue reading Some of My Photos are on Public Display

My Thoughts about Maximizing Vacation Time

Chairs at Night

In 2012 I took my mom to Belize, my dogs and I took a road trip through Canada to Alaska, I spent a weekend in Portland, I thoroughly enjoyed a bucket list trip to the Galapagos and Machu Picchu, and Continue reading My Thoughts about Maximizing Vacation Time

2012 on Alaska Girl at Heart

Pam and Sharon After Zip Lining

This year was a mixed back of highs and low.  It was a great year of growth for my blog and I enjoyed a lots of amazing adventures.  But, it was also marked with some down points.  Over-all I’d give Continue reading 2012 on Alaska Girl at Heart

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

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

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

Tortoise Encounters

Male Tortoise Close-up

The lesson of the day was the difference between turtles and tortoises…it’s simple really, yet I had no idea…turtles live in water and tortoises live on land.  We got to see both giant tortoises and giant turtles.  I’ll post about Continue reading Tortoise Encounters

Getting to the Galapagos

Getting Ready to Land in San Cristobal

Our tour with Intrepid officially started yesterday with a city tour of Quito, Ecuador but today we stepped foot on our first island in the Galapagos…San Cristobal. The day started fairly early with a 5:00 am wake-up call so that Continue reading Getting to the Galapagos

Making Our Way to Ecuador

View of Quito from La Basilica

View of a portion of Quito, Ecuador from La Basiica. Yesterday goes down in the books as one of my longest travel days yet and will likely hold that spot until I head home from this trip.  We left my Continue reading Making Our Way to Ecuador