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Roasting Marshmallows on a Volcano!

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Pacaya Volcano, Antigua Nicaragua This was a great adventure, that we still talk about. It takes about 2 or 3 hours to climb up the volcano.  There are horses available to help anyone who would like a little help climbing up to the volcano fields.  Two locals with horses followed us almost the whole way, sure that the kids [...]

What is Geocaching? A primer.

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Geocaching uses a GPS enabled device to find hidden containers called geocaches.  The GPS unit can be your cell phone with the geocaching app or a stand alone GPS device that uses coordinates obtained from geocaching.com.  These devices can get you within a couple feet of the geocache, then you have to use the hints [...]

Bosque del Cabo, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica

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  Bosque del Cabo is an amazing place to see wildlife. It borders Corcovado nation park located on the Osa Peninsula.  There are monkeys, sloths, birds, tree frogs, toads, and for the lucky, Jaguar.   There are many guided hikes to choose from, but there are also well marked trails for you to go and explore yourself. The first [...]

Chengdu Panda Center, Chengdu China

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We were originally going to spend 3 days in Chengdu as a stop over between Kathmandu and Hong Kong.   Then 2 weeks before we left, Air China cancelled our flight and our 3 days stopover turned into 8 hours. We arrived in Chengdu at 8:00 am on an overnight flight from Kathmandu.  Our guide told us that [...]

Derawan Island, Borneo

Derawan Island, Borneo, Indonesia Getting to Derawan Island is not for the faint of heart. We took 2 planes, drove 3 hour through the jungle and finally a 1/2 hour boat ride out to the island. We were going to be in Borneo for Camp Leakey to see Orangutans.   A month before our trip, I read a travel article in BBC [...]


Peace Lodge, Costa Rica

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Peace Lodge is one the kids favorite places.  It is like an eco Disneyland.  They have an indoor butterfly pavilion with a resident sloth, a hummingbird garden, a bird aviary where you can feed the toucans, a frog house and a snake exhibit.   They are part of the La Pas Waterfall gardens, so there are also trails to hike to [...]