SCUBA diving in the Red Sea - Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

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Cafayate, Argentina

December 24th, 2018|

Working our way through Argentina's northern wine country.  This Humahuaca Gorge is a UNESCO world heritage site due to Inca history and its use as a trade route for 10,000 years.  We were here for [...]

Salta, Argentina

December 22nd, 2018|

Salta is in northern Argentina, and the closer we get to the equator, the warmer it gets.  Where American children associate a December "winter break" with snow, these kids celebrate their Christmas (in this overwhelmingly [...]

San Martin de los Andes, Argentina

December 17th, 2018|

San Martin, in northwest Patagonia, is known as the gateway for Lanín National Park, home to the Lanín volcano, which reminded us a lot of Mt. Rainier in Washington state.

Villa la Angostura, Argentina

December 15th, 2018|

Along the road to Seven Lakes, in the heart of the Lakes District, is this sleepy town with only a few thousand people.  We're definitely off the beaten path for English speaking tourists.

Bariloche, Argentina

December 9th, 2018|

Situated in the scenic foothills of the Andes, Bariloche's climate is similar to the Pacific Northwest.  Lush green landscape surrounded by water and snowcapped mountains.  There's an abundance of great chocolate and wine.  What's not [...]

Buenos Aires

December 5th, 2018|

Buenos Aires is one of the street art capitals of the world.  There are almost no restrictions on where or what artists can paint in the city. There’s no need to obtain authorization from the [...]

Seattle Tea and Gingerbread

December 1st, 2018|

Christmas tea and the Gingerbread Houses are perennial favorites in my book!  Props to Steeped in Comfort Tea Shop in Lakewood for the wonderful personal service, not to mention the great scones.

Moline Thanksgiving

November 26th, 2018|

We're thankful for family, friends, warm clothes, bountiful food and a snug bed in this chilly weather.

Snorkeling with What?!

November 15th, 2018|

The cenotes in the Yucatan peninsula were used by the Mayans for fresh drinking water.  Today, some are private and some are commercial for snorkeling and diving.  The rules are strict - no sunscreen, no [...]

Diving in Tulum

November 12th, 2018|

In January 2018, dive researchers were thrilled to find a passageway in these cenotes (limestone caverns), connecting two huge systems, and discovering the longest known underwater cave in the world.   We dove several parts of [...]

Exploring Chichén Itzá

November 8th, 2018|

Chichén Itzá is a famous Mayan ruin about 3 hours west of Cancun. One of the seven wonders of the modern world.  A huge stepped pyramid, known as El Castillo, dominates the old city, which prospered [...]

Diving MUSA in Cancun, Mexico

November 7th, 2018|

The Cancun Underwater Museum (MUSA) is the worlds most famous underwater sculpture museum.  In 2009, 500 concrete sculptures were sunk in the water, meant to be both an artistic statement and to provide a habitat for sea [...]