2022 Switzerland September 1, 2022 at 8:11 pm

Hot summer days in Florida – time for a trip to Switzerland – Hanging with my best peeps – Alpine forests – Glacier lakes – Summit climbs – and further on in the brochure in small lettering “hottest summer on record”.

Leaving out of Gainesville at a reasonable time – Priceless

Smooth travel – even got to catch up on missed Disney movies

Arrival in Brunnen – Lucerne Lake region – Central Switzerland – so beautiful we almost emojiied

Best Peeps – Martin and Nina – here we are waiting for our mystery cocktails

Stoos area – overlooking UrnerSee – we were amazed at the variety and abundance of wildflowers even up above the treeline.

Yep – conquered this peak even before lunch

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Postcard perfect views in all directions.

Hope their painter is paid on salary.

Mistakes where made – Lessons where learned ūüėČ

View from the beach in Brunnen

Conquered some boat rides around the lake

Neighborhood ornate church

Pretty sure this is where the Ref sits – making sure you don’t pick your nose

One of the early realtors

Of course – lots of train rides – – my favorite

Top of Europe – Jungfrau – 13,420 ft – SO COOL

Yep – navigated public transport to get to the top – all by ourselves – no additional oxygen

Aletsch Glacier – 14 miles long – receding unfortunately – – maybe next time – golf course

Pretty sure there is a pile of tourists somewhere down there

So amazing we gotta see it again

Some beautiful cities to balance out the nature

Some ambitious Swiss people thought it would be a good idea to climb a mountain in the dark and watch the sunrise for Swiss National Day – (Independence day)

Some breathtaking views

A hike in the east side of the country – 5 Glacier Lakes

Other worldly landscape up there

Again – So many flowers

This is how we properly end a strenuous hike

One of the owners of Noble Blood Tattoo – St. Gallen – my buddy Simon

Lookin Good – Classic

The one day we didn’t dress alike – needed a picture

End of a wonderful vacation – reliving memories and making new ones.

Costa Rica 2021 September 13, 2021 at 5:53 pm

Pandemic ain’t stoppin us

View from our Airbnb
Hot T on the Beach
View from our AirBnB Montezuma
John’s relatives visiting
Witnessing Sea turtles going to the water for the first time
“Oh Yeah” super fun
We may or may not have broke the rental car ūüėČ
Volcano – Arenal – in the background
Wonderful trip – 5 stars would recommend

2020 Getaway – Mountains and Beach November 1, 2020 at 8:20 pm

A week in Blue Ridge mountains and a cooldown at Fernandina Beach

Can’t go anywhere without this color filter
Exciting light rays
Blue Ridge Mountains
Beauty on the Beach
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All the colors
Dirty Jokes
Friends

Borderline Perfection December 4, 2019 at 8:47 pm

Kauai 2019 – Some pre-holiday island travel for Theresa and I was just what the doctor ordered.

More rainbows and waterfalls than physics can handle
Da Crew
Visiting Lane and Elisha – this time kitchen counters were on the agenda
Fun with filters
And I got a new lens so there will be some of these too
Sunrise on our boating day
Diving the Napali Coast
Aloha Beaches
Camping on a cliff
This cant be real
This is where the borderline perfection come in
Mountains – Ocean – and Cycads (insert mind blown emoji)
Concrete swimming pool – if you can believe it
How can there be so many rainbows
Thinkin about rainbows
Invasive Species
Did I mention I got a new lens
Double full circle rainbows – cause of course
Fabulous Trip

Puerto Rico – 2019 June 23, 2019 at 7:58 pm

Wonderful beaches all around the island
Just what the Doctor ordered
Beaches and tropical rainforests who could ask for more
We rented a car and drove all over the island – nice roads – beautiful scenery
High in the mountains
Enjoying El Yunque Forest – if it didn’t selfie it didn’t happen
Looking down at a cloud forest
Playing with new camera lens – hows that for low depth of field
Fun with filters
More natural wonder
Night trip to Bio-luminescent bay
How many mojitos are too many
Beaches – Mountains and CAVES – dang
Cavern Nymph
Ceiling of the cave
This thing was huge inside
Cavern on a mountain – if you can believe it
This one is at the ocean – the water comes in and out with the tides
Recreating indigenous dance
That’s what the other tourists said when they saw the indian cave dance
Unbelievable coastline
Unedited photo – amazing
Stunning
Picture perfect jungle
Rock gnome
This cave system was used by Taino natives for millennia – petro-glyphs
Creepy street lady in San Juan
Weather was perfect the whole trip
Wonderful time in Puerto Rico –

2019 Colombia March 27, 2019 at 9:06 pm

Return trip to visit Dominik and help however I could
Typical landscape while playing with color filter
Wild Blackberries – So Yummy
More fun with Filters
El Jefe – barking out commands to the survey crew ūüėČ
Dominik’s Property
“Guacamole'” the big american bronco and the chief hard at work
Apparently I cant get enough of these selective color photos
Survey crew trying to keep it together
Wild orchids in a tree on the property
A local bus that is well cared for
Start the day off white
Lunch second whitest meal of the day
Finish the day off white
Medellin suburb
Looking out across the city
Modern and classical building styles
Los Amigos
Sometimes sensory overload
Lots of great public artwork
This is a rendering of what the boardwalk/promenade is to look like in Guatape’
This is what it looks like
Trail through the woods at 9000 feet
Finding Jesus
Typical farming – here is cabbage which I enjoy but didn’t see on any menu
Another well loved local bus
Trail in a cloud forest
Following the water to a cascade
Special needs hikers
Oh man – cant wait
Can I get my money back
That’s what we came to see
Ok maybe just one more of these fun filter pictures
Getting to the cascade area
Trail going to the clouds
Wildlife encountered
Horseshoes made of re-Bar
Excellent form grasshopper
First living thing planted by Dominik on his property
Cool plant – “The End” until next time

Colombia – Summer 2018 July 8, 2018 at 7:00 pm

This trip was for the purpose of finding a location for my buddy Dominik to buy or lease for the development of a youth hostel. He settled on an area located near a lake in the mountains outside of Medellin.

General location map – I had no idea Colombia was as far north as Nicaragua

Arrived in Medellin – taxi ride to the lake

ManMade lake +/- 74 km^2 created in the 1960’s – 2000 meters above sea level

View from Galeria hostel – beautiful everyday – water was warm enough to swim in and clear enough to see the bottom around the edges

Random nicely landscaped yard

One of the town squares in Guatape’ – apparently there is a sale on bright paint

Tuk Tuk decoration is serious business

Oh the optimism – nearly gushing

Meeting with land developer/realtor

Looking for the three elements – View of the Rock – Access to Lake – Near the Tourists

Possible place to rent – just too small and no much land available for expansion

How “not to” roof construction – of course the realtor says “absolutely no problems”

Typical home interior – hand made furniture – no heat or A.C. needed because the weather is great

Oh the disappointment – i can still hear his heart imploding – some properties should not be built on

Growing tomatoes – passion fruit is also a common crop

Mariposa

Native bees eating a bird of paradise – they also ate staghorn fern

World Cup 2018 – Colombia got pretty far and every game stopped the town

Awesome views

D and I thought we would go on a day hike to explore the coutryside on foot – this image shows that the mountains are first sprayed with herbicide before timber(pine) is planted

Wild orchids

D giving the international 1 finger salute which means all is good.¬† We didn’t really know where we were going and as you can see the trail wasn’t really there as we hoped.

Interesting red moss

Again the 1 finger salute Рthis means we realized we walked all day and are not gonna make it to a road before dark.  Luckily we brought cookies and gum and ear buds.

Thanks to U.N.I.C.E.F. and others poor planning we were able to stay in this abandoned school overnight since there was rain in the area we were super glad to have the shelter.  If you look close you will see the concrete is covered in horse poop but none on the grass.

These guys were interested in the smelly white people. Wondering how we can eat just cookies for food.

By shear luck we survived the night and were back on the move before sunrise

If a strenuous hike and a night sleeping on concrete wasn’t enough we had to take a tuk tuk like 25 miles on a gravel road

We were so high up jackets were needed in the middle of the day

Next day we were on the road again – this time on some motorbikes

The countryside is so nice and green

Some of the roads were not too good¬† –

Some real jungle and natural stream

Waterfall which we were able to swim in and cool off from riding

Another fun motorbike tour in the mountains

Mostly rural area

4 signs of heart failure

Lonely days in the mountains

Bandejas de Paisa – typical restaurant food

Super nice property with house – Casa Bonita Rosada

Optimism back to full – next is negotiations

Typical night in a hostel

Notice not all the pool tables have holes and there is a guy peeing on the wall

May have gone a bit too far on the checker color scheme

Fernando Botero – sculptor Medellin

Just cant look away

Fun for the whole family

Sweet amphitheater at the botanical garden – Medellin

 

So during the couple weeks that I was in Colombia with Dominik we visited about 20 properties and were brought around by a few realtors.  Unfortunately there has not been any absolutes yet.  Many contacts have been made and D will be in country for a few more weeks knocking on doors and getting feelers out.

 

Kauai – Hawaii – Spring 2018 March 27, 2018 at 9:03 pm

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Summer 2016 Travel through Myanmar and Thailand October 10, 2016 at 7:41 pm

Brief summary:

During the summer of 2016 my buddy Dominik and I spent a month in Thailand and a month in Myanmar. During this trip we had to deal with a terrorist bombing, mudslide, earthquake and a wild cobra.

Travelling and interacting with Myanmar people was something that cannot be captured by words or pictures.  Nearly everyone we encountered had an air of innocence regarding tourist scamming and had no harmful intentions.  Transport information was not current and oftentimes wrong, so we engaged with the locals more than expected which turned out to have a wonderful lasting impression on us.

As for the food, it turns out that MSG is one of the food groups and oftentimes topped with oily noodles, though we managed to stay fed and somewhat healthy. Towards the end of our travel we had gotten the hang of what we liked and also how to avoid the MSG kicker for the most part.

I only have a few words about Thailand – great food and lots of fun –

Enjoy the pictures!!!!!!

Chiang Mai Loop – Thailand October 9, 2016 at 10:11 pm

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Since our visa was up it was time to come back to Thailand and enjoy some fun and food..Trip ended September 20, 2016

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Nothing says fun like cycads and botanical gardens

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This is the queens garden so it is pretty special

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This display was dedicated to plants that live exclusively on limestone

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Bromileads

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Water lotus

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You may have already guessed that I like botanical garden stuff

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Funky flower

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Lots of native colonies

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Random insect nests

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Native insect doing what it does best

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Sacrificing himself for excellent bug pictures

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Really feeling the nature

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Extreme nature trail leading to some caves – on the trail there was a COBRA – no shit

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Somewhat abandoned cave which was still cool and some extreme areas

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Water falling

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Always heed the warnings

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We decided not to rent a car because we didn’t have licenses – so we got motorbikes instead

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Started off real nice and smooth

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Got a little bumpy

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We can handle dirt roads

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Totally rethinking our previous decisions

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Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

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After lots of grueling hours of riding we made it to heavens gate

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Along the way we stopped at caves and waterfalls

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Bug wrangling is not a part-time job

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9 story high cave room

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Hard to believe we were sweating on the beach not too long before – now at 6000 feet or so

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Dramatic Landscape

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Natural hot-spring/geyser

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Day 3 of motorbike touring

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Day 4 of motorbike tour we encountered oil on a curve

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Damage ensued

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Happiness prevailed

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800 km of fun and adventure

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One last brilliant sunset in Thailand – for me it was a kiss goodbye…… for now