Puyo, Ecuador turned out to be a bit of a disappointment -- at least as far as the city itself. We didn't see why anyone would recommend going there except for nearby attractions. Like the Amazon -- Puyo is the closest jumping off place to tour the jungle; even the tours leaving from Baños go through … Continue reading Monkeying Around in Puyo
After our session of Performing and Poetry in the park, we jumped in an Uber and headed over to the bus terminal on the east side of Ambato. Destination: Return to Baños de Agua Santa Sunrise in Ambato, Volcan Tungurahua in the distance Our return trip to Baños involved two little lessons about the importance … Continue reading Baños to Puyo
In Spanish, the word baño means literally bath, though it's often used to mean bathroom as well. So you really have to wonder what the intent was in naming that unfortunate town in California Los Baños. There was clearly no malice, however, in naming the resort town in Ecuador. Even though everyone just calls it … Continue reading Baños de Agua Santa, Ecuador – First Impressions
With a week to spend at an Airbnb in Santa Cruz la Laguna on Guatemala's Lake Atitlan, we had a chance to absorb the local color, which is a vibrant blend of trendy establishments catering to tourists and ex-pats, as well as a traditional native lifestyle, with a strong Mayan presence. And of course incredible … Continue reading A Weeklong Introduction to Lake Atitlan
And then it happened. Something splashing in the water, seen out of the corner of her eye. Was it a fish jumping? No, there was no concentric circle that occurs after a fish splash. A diving bird? No, they were everywhere but none surfaced nearby.
We have been meeting sea-anemones, condors, crabs, sea lions and seals. It brings back fond memories of some of our other coastal excursions and adventures, all over the U.S. and elsewhere.
We've been holed up in Nevada, mostly in the Reno area, waiting out the pandemic. And waiting, and waiting. But even while a lot of businesses are closed, including our own, we've avoided going stir crazy by getting out to do some social-distancing hiking and exploring in the great outdoors. Who Dat? Right in Reno, … Continue reading Getting Out in the Reno Area
It was quite an eventful two days in the Tuscon area, beginning with a 3-hour hike through Saguaro National Park (East). Visiting with relatives, attending a circus-related exercise class and catching up with a recently transplanted friend from Massachusetts.
If a tree falls in the woods and no one is around to hear it, does it still make a sound? In this video we philosophize on this burning question as we hike Snake Mountain scouting for mushrooms. https://youtu.be/4cLE8czz0fk The 5th episode of Act!vated Between Adventures begins in Rutland, VT. Rutland is a scenic little … Continue reading Mushrooms Expedition
https://youtu.be/2VYCmzHASEM Click play to view With an area about the size of Rhode Island, Joshua Tree National Park is a huge playground of natural wonders. The night before we went there, we had a ringside seat to the playground in the heavens, with a clear view of stars trekking across the sky, thanks to our … Continue reading Joshua Tree Jaunt