Buenos Aires Ciao

After spending 3 days in BA we are off to Mendoza wine range and enter ace to the Mountains. We had a fun 3 days touring this interesting capital of Argentina and home to about 14,000,000. We went to the beautiful Teatro Colon opera house built in early 20th century unfortunately first opera off year starts next week.

We staying in the Palmero Soho area with many millennials strollng the streets shopping and eating. Monday was a holiday celebrating the birth of San Martin the liberator of Argentina, Chile and Peru. Also took in the Recalote area and visited grave of Eva Peron. 

Santa Cruz Bolivia

It has been a busy summer with visits to old world, new world and last frontier. Down in Santa Cruz, Bolivia for a mission with Flying Doctors of America. We did a long trip including an overnight flight from Miami to Santa Cruz via La Paz, Bolivia on a comfortable American Airlines 757. Skipped the dinner tried to get some sleep. After brief stop saw beautiful sunrise as flew east to Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz is the other Bolivia usually not seen in the brochures or travel guides to Bolivia with high Andes and indigenous people with small bowler hats. Santa Cruz is in the plains with agriculture and people of Spanish descent. Santa Cruz is also gateway to Sampiata and Amboro National Park, but more on that at the end of our trip when we will spend 2 days in Sampiata.

Yesterday we visited an art and photography exhibit at the culture center on the town square across from the Cathedral of Santa Cruz. There was some really nice photographs, lithographs and watercolors. The cathedral is an interested structure of red bricks a lot different then the cathedrals we visited earlier this summer in Rome, Florence and Sienna. Also stopped in to the local food court that was just opening. Each of the tiled stalls seemed to be offering similar lunches but I am sure the locals have their own favorites and specialties.

Also happened into a small demonstration in front of the cathedral. Seems like President Evo Morales was planning a road that would cut through a natural area and displace local populations, forest and various wild animals. Sound something like Trump administration without the nukes.

Keystone Colorado 

We took a nice hike to Lilly Pad Lake in the Gore range which have done often over our years in Colorado. It is a popular hike in the area through pine, spruce and aspen forest ending in two mountain lakes. A number of people told us they saw a few moose on the hike but unfortunately they must have moved on by the time we past. Moose seem to be returning to the area over the last few years and seen in the wet lands around Keystone area. There seems to be a lot of construction in Summit county hope they continue maintain the wetlands and open space.

Another Rocky Mountain day

Spent a relaxing day doing some errands and visiting Frisco Colorado. We had lunch at an old regular of ours the Log Cabin restaurant. They remodeled in May so we were surprised when we walked in but the menu remains the same and just as good.

My body is slowly adjusting to the elevation and good to be out hiking and biking in the mountain air. The forest fires they had over in the Breckenridge area seem to be out and no signs of out fires. Looks like they have had more snow and rain this year and forests are looking better. Beautiful wildflowers of yellow, purple, pink and white.

 

 

Winter Lake Lodge Day 2

USAK_0717 (145 of 1040).jpgHad a great day touring via a Robinson R44 helicopter to the tundra and glacier. Hiked over the tundra with beautiful wild flowers and along the soft lichen and moss. We had a great lunch over looking to north and south fork of the Trimble glaciers. After lunch we hiked across the glacier looking at the huge boulders that were left as the glacier is retreating.

USAK_0717 (170 of 1040).jpgWe then take the helicopter back to lodge spotting a mother moose with her young calf and a black bear walking across the braided river. Tomorrow off to Anchorage via float plane and hope to be able to download and post some photos.

 

Southeast Alaska on National Seabird

We started our day with various hikes on Baranof Island. Beautiful hikes through temperate rainforest with old growth spruce trees and also recovering forest. Numerous ferns and lichens draping the trees and a number of banana slugs on ground and plants. The slugs favorite food include mushrooms.

In the afternoon want out of the DIBs which are similar to zodiacs and then sea kayaking. Saw a number of bald eagle and salmon jumping out of water getting ready to navigate to the streams where they were born to spawn and restart the circle of life.