Brazil, part 2

8/31 We got to sleep in until 5:30am, have breakfast, then board the little boats along with our luggage, to take a trip up river to get to the location where we originally put in to head to the flotel. I was encouraged to take a potty break, but after looking at the loos, I…

Jaguars, Caimans, Birds, OH MY! And, a Flotel

We took a little trip to the Pantanal region of Brazil… We lost count of the wildlife we saw – until we got home and counted them in all of our 28,000 (between the two of us) photos. At the end of this diary entry I will post information about how we got here, and…

Pennsylvania, Maryland and Home

6/11Friendship Hill National Historic Site was our first stop today. Albert Gallatin left Switzerland to explore the new American land. He was a surveyor. He was able to acquire land which he named Friendship Hill, and built his home there in 1789. Over the years new additions were built. Gallatin was a state legislator, and…

Missouri, Illinois, and Ohio

6/9We made a quick stop at the Gateway Arch National Park in downtown St. Louis first thing this morning. We got lucky and found a great parking spot close to the Arch, and I went inside to get a stamp in the book while Alan took Aardi and got a photo of the park sign….

Colorado and Kansas

6/5We slept in then drove out to Monte Vista NWR. We didn’t expect to see much, but boy were we wrong. Right of the bat I got a photo of a sage thrasher (new bird), then we got some great close-ups of some Wilson’s pharalopes, then a ruddy duck who was exhibiting a behavior we…

Oregon, Idaho, and Utah

5/28My back was almost normal this morning as we packed up to drive across Oregon. We had omelets and pancakes in Crescent City at the Apple Peddler Restaurant. Our first stop after breakfast was at the Oregon Caves National Monument. Then we drove to Medford to gas up at Costco. We also hit up a…