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Mini-trekking on Perito Moreno glacier, Argentina

Mini-trekking on Perito Moreno Glacier, Argentina

The surface of Perito Moreno was more rugged than I'd expected. The glacier guides were daredevils with stories to tell. And scotch on the rocks is different here! We took a boat across Lago Argentina and a short walk through the woods, then emerged at the edge of the glacier... Read article...

San Juan Islands - Fox on a rock

Fox on a Rock, on San Juan Island

It was a quiet morning down at South Beach, on San Juan Island. As usual, we had the whole place to ourselves. The group was strolling down the deserted, driftwood-strewn beach, while I was back by the van. I saw a red fox run through the grass, then he jumped onto a rock... Read article...

Gunfight at the OK Corral

Tombstone, Arizona and Clanton Days

So there I was... with a notorious gunfighter! Well, actually with his namesake relative. The old Ike Clanton died back in 1887, before my time. The new Ike Clanton is alive and kicking, and hosting Clanton Days, an annual event in Tombstone, Arizona... Read article...

Shadow of a shaman in Santa Fe

Shadow of a Shaman in Santa Fe

As the firelight flickered, the slow rhythmic chanting grew louder. The shaman lifted his arms to the heavens. He raised his voice, beseeching those in the spirit world to send the rain they so desperately needed. Soon, they heard a low rumbling of thunder, distant at first... Read article...

San Juan Islands

Orca whale watching in the San Juan Islands

One of the highlights of our trips to the San Juan Islands each year is an orca whale-watching trip. The San Juan Islands are a group of hundreds of islands, islets, and rocks located near Seattle, WA. Most of these are very small - in fact, so small that many disappear at high tide! ... Read article...

The classic western, Broken Arrow

Sedona in the movies: Broken Arrow

I finally watched the 1950 Jimmy Stewart movie, Broken Arrow. I say "finally", because I've been meaning to for years. Sedona, Arizona was a big place for making movies, especially back in the days of the westerns. The thing is, for decades they were making movies here, but never calling it Sedona! ... Read article...

Peninsula Valdes, on the coast of Patagonia

Orcas on the beach, Peninsula Valdes, Argentina

About a third of the way down the coast of Argentina, there's a large peninsula that juts out into the South Atlantic Ocean. From an aerial view, it looks like it should have been an island. This is Peninsula Valdes, a major wildlife preserve... Read article...

Rio Pueblo Gorge

Taos, New Mexico - Rio Pueblo Gorge (video)

The Rio Pueblo Gorge, near Taos, New Mexico: This river comes from Taos Pueblo land and runs into the Rio Grande River. It's a deep gorge, but not as deep as the Rio Grande Gorge, which is a spectacular gash across the high desert - almost shocking when you first see it. We go rafting... Watch the video...

SJI scuba diving boat

San Juan Islands - scuba diving (video)

OK, I'll say it right up front. We do NOT go scuba diving on our San Juan Islands trips! I'm a wimpy warm water diver, who only likes the tropics (think British Virgin Islands!) However, even though that water looks pretty chilly to me, it's fascinating to know what lives down there... Watch the video...

The armadillo gets my vote for most unusual mammal

Awesome Argentine Armadillo

Peninsula Valdez in Argentina is a sweeping, open space, where the dusty brown desert stretches right to the sparkling sea. Where else do you see armadillos and elephant seals all on the same walk? Not to mention guanacos and sea lions, killer whales and rheas! I'd always heard... Read article...