Heading to Arizona for a little golf :)

Supporting Boys & Girls Clubs in Seattle

March 16th, 2017|

Our annual fundraiser was amazing, because we met Steve Pemberton, who climbed out of a foster care system that had forgotten about him, and became a success against all odds.  In 2015, Pemberton was awarded the [...]

Saying Goodbye to Tahoe

March 11th, 2017|

With mixed feelings, we said goodbye to Tahoe.  We, along with Dan and Vicki, Jim Foster and a couple of local guys, spent the last three days there, moving, hauling to the dump, cleaning and [...]

Braving the Amazon

February 27th, 2017|

We were definitely out of our comfort zone, regularly surprised by new sights, sounds and smells.   Our guides were incredibly talented at both listening and mimicking bird and monkey calls.

Getting Native in the Amazon

February 26th, 2017|

We tied up to a different jungle riverbank every night, and had lots of interaction with real Amazonians.   Villages are small, and tightly knit.  They seemed content.  We didn't hear any whiny kids.

Wild Amazon

February 25th, 2017|

Danger abounds in the Amazon, along with exquisite wild and beautiful flora and fauna.  We were in the Upper Amazon, in Peru.  

Cuzco takes our breath away at 11,000 ft.

February 22nd, 2017|

Spanish explorer Francisco Pizarro invaded the Incan Empire in 1532, seeking riches. The Incas had already had some contact with Europeans, and many had died of European diseases. The Inca empire was also weakened by a [...]

Studying Inca Architecture in Cuzco, Peru

February 20th, 2017|

Inca architecture used massive stonework, but without the wheel, and without elephants or oxen.   The stones were rough-cut to the approximate shape in the quarries using cobblestones for tools.  The stones were shaped into their final [...]

Lima, Peru

February 16th, 2017|

Exploring Lima was an adventure - we walked for miles checking out the artwork and great food.

Machu Picchu, Peru

February 14th, 2017|

Machu Picchu is a mystery, where Incas built an intricate city of stone without wheels, iron tools or beasts of burden.   The temples within are built to catch the sun's rays, or to observe [...]

Antarctica – the cold part!

February 2nd, 2017|

As we moved further south, the weather did get chilly!  Of course we took the polar plunge, along with only about 20% of those on board.  Too bad we don't get a medal for that! [...]

Antarctica at Sea

January 31st, 2017|

Whales!  We had almost daily sightings of killer and humpback whales.  Bubble net feeding is a new phenomenon in Antarctica - passed along from a random northern humpback whale, in which a group of whales [...]

Antarctica

January 29th, 2017|

January is the heart of summer in Antarctica.  We still expected severely cold weather and were surprised by mild 35 degree sunny days with little wind.