Sunday, January 21, 2018

Manta ,Ecuador Nov.29,2017

We arrived in Manta and found our tour guide where we boarded a bus. The first place he took us to was San Lorenza beach where we saw nesting turtles.They had been fenced off so people wouldn’t step on them.

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Turtles in fenced area

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Fishing boats

Nov.26 2018 Panama Canal Transit

The Panama Canal is considered one of the 20th Centuries greatest achievements.It connected the Atlantic ocean to the Pacific ocean thus making the journey shorter.In 1881 France began working on the canal but had to stop because of enginering problems and high deaths caused by disease. In 1904 the U.S. took over the project and took 10 years to complete.This was one of largest and most difficult enginering projects ever undertaken.  There are 3 locks that lift the ships up in the water. The water is lowered and the ship goes in the lock and fills up with water to go to the next level.This was amazing watching all this happen.It was a rainy day so everyone was inside watching all this take place.It took about 12 hours to transit the canal.The photos of the day won’t be very good because of the weather.

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Mule

This is called a mule and and they help ship through the canal.

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Bridge of Americas

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Panama,Everyone should experience going through the canal at least once if they can.It is a wonderful and scenic trip.

South America Cruise Nov. 23 2017 1st Half

Happy Thanksgiving! We arrived today and are boarding Celebrity Infinity for our 30 day cruise.We are leaving from Ft. Lauderdale and end in Buenos Aires.We are excited to be going on a new adventure.

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Ft Lauderdale

We got onto the ship and found our room,a nice outside room with a large window.

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There was the RCL Independence of the seas docked next to us.

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Here is the tugboat taking us out to sea.

Sailaway

Sailaway

Sailaway

Our 1st port was Grand Cayman.They had some beautiful beaches but not much else.It is the largest of the Cayman Islands and Georgetown is the capital.Some of the things to see are the Turtle farm and you can swim with the stingrays and also with the dolphins.We got a private tour with about 15 others from town to see the island.

Our ship Infinity

Our ship Infinity

We went around the island and went to Hell.Hell has a post office and bizarre rock formations.It’s said to be millions of years old.The rocks are limestone and eaten away by algae and the elements.The rocks are very sharp and and look like something out of a science fiction movie.Of course since we were in hell we had our picture taken at the Hell Post Office.

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Hells Post Office

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Limestone rocks welcome to Hell

Rocks that look volcanic to me.

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Pictures along the coast

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Crab along rocks.An unusual looking crab.

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Our next stop was a place you could swim with the dolphins.

Swimming with the dolphins

There some people in pool with dolphins.The dolphin would swim underneath them and you hold onto their fin.It looked like fun.

Fountain Georgetown

Our last stop was back to town where we looked around and went back to the ship.This was not one of our favorite ports but enjoyed our day.

Friday, July 28, 2017

June 6 2017 Leaving Gilbert and Heading to Page

After spending 2 weeks in Gilbert waiting for our RV to fixed we were on the road to Flagstaff to pick it up. It has been very stressful situation. They told us several times it was ready and several times we made a trip to Flagstaff to find it wasn’t done.On the the 6th we went to Flagstaff and Sam checked a couple things on the RV before we took off for Page. Needless there was a problem and they had damaged a belt and another had to be ordered.Another day of delays. On the  7th we finally got out of there and made it to Page.We lost our engine on the 25th of April and finally got it on the 7th of June.I sure hope all of the bad things are behind us.

We arrived at the Page Elks where we spent 2 nights with water and electric.There was lots to see in the area but because we were way behind our schedule we were’nt going to see all the things we had planned.We did get out and went to see Horseshoe Bend.Horseshoe Bend is the number one attraction around Page. It is called a entrenched meander.The Colorado river surrounds the monolith and this is why it is called Horseshoe Bend.The hike down to the Bend is approximately 1.4 miles.I suggest that if you hike down to see the bend take lots of water and go when it’s cool.I am afraid of heights and couldn’t get closer too the edge.Here’s some of my photos.

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It has been hot here but we did take a ride over to the Carl Hayden Visitors Center.This has a great view of the Glen Canyon Dam,bridge and Lake Powell.you can also watch the movie and take a tour of the Dam.There are several campgrounds around Lake Powell at marinas but also dry camping along the lake.Lake Powell is known for it’s Houseboats and water sports.You can take a boat ride up through the canyon to Rainbow Bridge and hike up to see the arch.

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

May 9 2017 Grand Canyon

Today we took a ride up to the Grand Canyon.The canyon is 10 miles wide and a mile down. It is described as the Earth’s greatest geological showcase.It is  breathtaking with colorful rocks layers and impressive buttes.They have a great shuttle service that you can board and take all over the canyon.Really is good and and keeps the traffic down.The first place went to was Mather Point.If you have never been to the Grand Canyon  Mather Point is the first view where you see the immensity of the canyon.

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                           Sam and I at Mather Point

More photos of G.C.

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Colorado River

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Bright Angel trail to Phantom Ranch

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Although  we’ve been to the Grand Canyon before we never tire of its beauty.

May 16 2017 Wupatki / Sunset Crater Volcano

They towed us to Flagstaff on Sunday and now we’re at the Freightliner shop. They have the RV in the shop and working on it now.We had to move into a motel for a few days so we did some sightseeing. We did a loop drive out of Flagstaff to Sunset Crater National Monument.  Sunset Crater is the youngest volcano which exploded in AD 1065.After the erosion it created more than 600 hills and mountains in the San Francisco volcanic field.There is a large lava field and red cinder cones.

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Lava Flow Sunset Crater

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We walked along this vast lava flow. When a volcano erupts life is destroyed  and life starts anew.Ponderosa pines grow and flowers grow out of the rocks.

They have a nice paved trail that follows around the crater with cinder cones.

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Suset Crater

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San Francisco Mountains

  Next Stop Wupatki Ntl. Monument

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Wupatki is a landscape of legacy.There are 5 of the largest pueblo ruins in Wupatki. All the dwellings were built by the Anasazi and Sinagua Indians in 12 /13 th centuries.After the volcano erupted resulting in the ash and lava and making the land infertile they moved away into the desert. Wukoki Pueblo was the first one we visited.

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                                                                       Wukoki Ruins

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The next place we stopped was visitors center and the main ruins of the Wupatki.

Wupatki pueblo is the largest of the ruins. People gathered here building a 100 room pueblo with a community room and a ballcourt.

Wupatki Pueblo

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                                           Ball court

Next we went to Lomaki ruins.Lomaki means Hopi for beautiful house. It sits along a small canyon and is 2 stories with 9 rooms.

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It was a interesting and great day learning about  the volcano and the Indian pueblos and its people.