Monday Morning Montage: Salinas de Maras, Peru

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  During our recent trip to Peru we had some days prior to our Inka Trail trek to ourselves.  Not ones to just sit around the pool (we didn’t have a pool anyways), we decided to venture forth.  We also wanted to make sure we got the most out of our time.  When faced with […]

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Altitude Adjustment in Cusco

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When we hopped into a taxi near Plaza de Armas we anticipated a short ride to an outlying archaeological site and an easy half-day hike back into Cusco.  More than 15 minutes later, we looked at each other in the back seat of the taxi and we knew.  We knew that we were in store […]

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Monday Morning Montage: Waking Up in Cusco

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  Five years ago we were married. That day, we made more than a promise to each other in marriage. We vowed that we would renew our promise to each other every five years on a new continent. This year, we made that promise become reality. Machu Picchu has always sat atop of Tara’s Bucket […]

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A Walk on the Wild Side of El Yunque Rainforest

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Of all the activities planned for our visit to Puerto Rico, this was the only one that caused me anxiety.  Would our 8-year-old daughter and 11-year old son be up to the task of hiking approximately 5 miles round-trip, up and down a mountain? A few years earlier, J. and I visited Puerto Rico and, […]

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Monday Morning Montage: Jamaica Outside the Gate

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  “Sun. Sea. Beaches. Sun.” Uh, you said “sun” twice. “I like sun.” Ask someone who’s been to Jamaica what they liked best about their trip and your conversation might sound much like that. It’s no mystery what draws people to Jamaica. The weather is amazing. The sun and beaches are beautiful. The resorts are plentiful […]

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Close Encounters of the Avian Kind

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“Honk-honk-HONK!”  “AAAAAH!!!” No, this is not an automobile accident waiting to happen. Rather, Mother Goose is making a mad dash toward our son and daughter, who ventured a little closer to her goslings than she was comfortable with.  And our kids have turned tail, screaming and running toward us as fast as their short legs […]

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Monday Morning Montage: 1000 Places to See Before You Die – Superdawg

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  Pizza. Italian Beef. Hot dogs. When I think of Chicago and what food best represents our metropolitan neighbor 90 miles south, those are the things that leap to mind first. Now, anyone who has read or even glanced at Patricia Schultz’s book 1,000 Places to See Before You Die knows that her destinations of choice […]

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Where Sand Dunes are Green

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Lake Michigan’s evening breeze blows across our faces as we take a leisurely stroll along the cordwalk, amongst the sand dunes of Kohler-Andrae State Park in Wisconsin. When I think about sand dunes, I envision just that: sand dunes, free from vegetation.  Just Bing “sand dunes” and look at the images that come up!  But […]

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