Apr 072010

Salta, Argentina and Border Chile
April 7, 2010
Trip to South America, 2010

The Train to the Clouds goes early morning from Salta, Argentina up and over the border of Chile to a large bridge called La Polvorilla.  

Then a return on the same line, back.

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Apr 062010

Mendoza, Argentina
April 6-8, 2010
Trip to South America, 2010

We took an 18 hour bus ride from Mendoza, Argentina to Salta, Argentina to go on the tourst railroad called Tren De La Nubes but enjoyed the town of Salta while there.

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Apr 042010

Mendoza, Argentina

April 4-5, 2010
Trip to South America, 2010

Not a full 24 hours but over night and enough time to wander around Mendoza, Argentina before heading off again on a long 18 hour bus ride to Salta


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Apr 042010

Andes Crossing, Chile and Argentina
April 4, 2010
Trip to South America, 2010

On Easter Sunday, a bus over the Andes from Santiago, Chile to Mendoza, Argentina.  The bus was double decker where we sat above the driver in the front.  Beautiful but at time very frightening.

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Apr 032010

Sewell Mine, Chile

April 3,  2010
Trip to South America, 2010

Sewell, a Unesco World site is an old abandoned mining town, with an active mine underneath.  First in the day after taking a bus from Santiago and seeing some more earthquake damage on the way was seeing the old town on the mountain.  lunch then suit up to go in the mine way in the mountain to see an amazing huge crystal.


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Apr 012010

Santiago, Chile

April 1 – 2, 2010
Trip to South America, 2010

Santiago, Chilie was a bit, or a lot smoggy, but was one of the reasons for going to South America.  The Earthquake had happened not long before and there were getting no tourists and asking people to come so we did.  It was strange with the ‘catwalks’ all down on the sides of the freeway/highways and overpasses gone, and the cracks in every wall of the hotel.


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Mar 312010

Argentina and Chile

March 31, 2010
Trip to South America, 2010

This was a long but exciting day, leaving the hotel in Bariloche, Argentina before dark, hopping on a bus to take us to a boat, that took us across a lake, to check out of Agentina, to get on a bus and go through a jungle, where the luggage truck went off the road during the rain, then check in for Chile, then stop and eat, before busing to the next boat, then busing to Puerto Montt, Chile… The rain was bad almost the whole day, except for at the end of the last lake sadly so it wasn’t as spectacular as it should have been.  But now in a new country.

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Mar 302010

Bariloche, Argentina
March 30, 2010
Trip to South America, 2010

A day in Bariloche, wandering town, doing laundry, finding a good mexican restaurant! Watching the police practice rescues and the sleep early for the long next day on the buses and boats to Chile!


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Mar 292010

Perito Morino Glacier, Patagonia, Argentina
March 29, 2010
Trip to South America, 2010

Wow, amazing so see this large chunk of frozen nature and watch as pieces crash into the water.

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Mar 282010

Cerro Chalten, Patagonia, Argentina

March 28, 2010
Trip to South America, 2010

An amazing day driving over to the park and seeing El Chalten and the Fitz Roy.


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Mar 272010

El Calafate, Argentina
March 27-29, 2010
Trip to South America, 2010

El Calafate is a nice small town on a large lake that is near the Perito Morino Glacier and with a drive, the Cerro Chalten in the Los Glaciares National Park, Santa Cruz province, Argentine Patagonia.  The first day driving up to the glacier was a no go, no more entry at that hour, on the second day headed over to see the Fitz-Roy, then before the flight out, morning at the glacier.

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Mar 262010

Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina
March 26, 2010
Trip to South America, 2010

Well a day late, but made it to the most southern city in the world, went to go see the old prison train that is still running there.  Not huge amounts to do in the town other than wander the streets.  After paying a cab driver to drive us to the train, instead of him picking us up at the end we rode the train round trip.  Later when we got back to town, he found us and refunded the difference.  Too bad the plane didn’t!  The teachers were doing a protest in the streets that night, saying “don’t let what happened in california happen here!”.  The were up on the world news, so far away.  Too bad it doesn’t happen in reverse.

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Mar 252010

Buenos Aires, Argentina
March 25, 2010
Trip to South America, 2010

So after waking up in the morning, checking out of the hotel, getting a cab to the airport and finding first that it is the wrong airport, and second, the airline had cancelled our tickets because they had not been paid for within 24 hour of reserving them.  Kind of complicated there, because it had not yet been 24 Hours and there was no way for online payment.  But, the plane was at the other airport and full they said so we would have to buy a ticket for the next day and the only tickets available were first class.  Well everything else was booked for the trip and this set us off a day, but with no choice went back into town, booked a hotel and then went exploring again.  This time making it to the cemetery in recoleta. Ended the day with dinner in an older restaurant and had chicken maryland… not sure why there is a banana on it deep fried.  The next day, to the airport to find there is no first class section on the plane, but told they will fix it at the next airport.  We spent a total of about 7 hours during the rest of the trip in different waiting rooms for them to refund the difference.  At the end of the trip in Buenos Aires they said they would refund it, but it would take 15 days.  It never happened, it ended up having to be fraud.  The credit card company couldn’t get them to even talk to them.  But, new country to us it was!

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Mar 242010

Buenos Aires, Argentina
March 24, 2010
Trip to South America, 2010

Started what was to be the last day in Buenos Aires at the beginning of the trip before flying south turned into a strange day.  Getting off the Subte (subway) at the Obelisk, the was a huge demonstration going on.  1000s and 1000s of people just marching, if it was black and white, you would feel like it was 50 years before (you know, before color was invented).  Ending the evening a Recoleta but the cemetery was closed by the time we got there so couldn’t go in.

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Mar 232010

Buenos Aires, Argentina
March 23, 2010
Trip to South America, 2010

Some touring, starting with lunch in San Telmo then walking around town to the port area down to the bus station to get tickets and then ending in Retiro.

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Mar 182010

Buenos Aires, Argentina
March 22, 2010
Trip to South America, 2010

This was the first day of the first trip to South America.  Why SA? Well the cedar pollen and spring was going wild in the north and the idea of a trip to the southern hemisphere came up.   Go to Australia and New Zealand where english is spoken or Argentina and Chile where spanish is spoken.  The descision to go to South America was made for two reasons.  One, because it was going to be easter, and had hopes for maybe some grand parades of some sort which we were unable to find.  The second was that Chile had just had its major earthquake and nobody was visiting there and they were begging for visitors to come.  So we found a cheap flight to get us to Argentina from Seattle since Portland had zero flights that could get us out because of the holiday, spring breaks, etc.   So drove up, stayed the night, flew to Argentina.  The trip was not planned on where to go at all until getting into Argentina, so there was not super amounts of touristy stuff done on the first day or two.  Just hotel and “flight” booking.

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Oct 032008

Colorado Leaf Trip Part 1
October 3 and 5, 2008

The First 8 Pictures are from Tarryall Rd just past Tarryall, Colorado
on October 3, 2008

The second part of the trip was from Lake City Colorado to Silverton.

Very steep hills and very easy to get lost… tried to get over to ouary, but couldn’t find the correct road.

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May 052005

Taos Pueblo in

Taos New Mexico
photo gallery taken May 5, 2005.


Nov 242003

Arches National Park
November 24, 2003 near Moab, Utah

We stopped at Arches on the Thanksgiving Train Amtrak nightmare trip to San Francisco.

We had driven from Sedona, Arizona to catch the train in Green River, Utah, so we stopped at arches along the way.

The train, as scheduled, wasn’t going to arrive at 5 PM, instead at rescheduled for 3 AM, so being that there was extra time we back-tracked the rail route to Grand Junction, Colorado to eat and hang out.

the Train arrived around 1 AM, so all the best scenery views we now in the dark, the second day on the train, they were out of food, except “beef stew”… slow no glamour meal and only 1 meal… then instead of getting into Oakland at 5 pm, it was 5 am… with a bus to sf.

The trip back was much better and with the car parked in Grand Junction, drove back through some incredible Colorado mountains.

Apr 202003

Broken Arrow Trail
Sedona, Arizona, USA
April 20, 2003

Went on the broken arrow trail in Sedona, Arizona for the first jeep road in the new jeep rubicon, well it was new that day!

The broken arrow trail was normally used for the Tourist pink jeep tours, but its public land that they kept in good shape for 4×4

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