Cuba

A few pictures from our trip to Cuba. Click pic to embiggen.

Havana

Havana, old fort.
Che memorial
swimming hole
Farm
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San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua

Tucked away on the left coast of Nicaragua on the pacific ocean near Costa Rica is a little town called San Juan Del Sur. Amy and I recently went there for a week and some days to check it out and experience a bit of Nicaragua.

We flew to Managua from Miami, then took an ostensibly 2 hour car trip to San Juan Del Sur. Being that there are only 2 lane roads in Nicaragua, the trip turned into over 4 hours due to farming, and trucking traffic. We arrived at our great B&B around dark and settled in.


View from the casita. Click pic to embiggen.

A quick walk from the B&B to the town center for many local restaurants and bars, some were really good. There seems to be live music in many of the establishments nightly.

San Juan Del Sur is a laid-back small town that caters mostly to surfers and back-packers. It is a pretty little town full of nice folks with tons of tourist options. Lets hope that Nicaragua and San Juan Del Sur in particular do not turn into Costa Rica levels of development and crowds. It is nice the way it is now. There are no chain restaurants or gaudy tourist attractions that would interest your average family from Ohio or New Jersey – which in my opinion makes it all that much more nicer.

The natural beauty of the area is outstanding, with rolling hills, trees and the pacific ocean. We were there during the dry season, so the weather was nice all the time. During the evening there was an ocean breeze that cooled things off. The beaches are great and the waves ranged from 3′ to over 10′. You may need a wet-suit for surfing if you are not used to chilly waters.

Some of the things that I enjoyed:
1. Nicaraguan Rum
2. Coffee
3. Cigars
4. Beaches
5. Natural Beauty
6. Lack of Crowds

Sunset
Pacific Ocean

Get there before it turns into an over-developed freak show ala Costa Rica, or before John Bolton and the Trump administration renews tensions between the US and Central America.

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Yellowstone National Park

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We took a trip up to the first National Park – Yellowstone, over Labor Day weekend. The drive from Denver to Cody, Wyoming where we stayed is ~450 miles. The trip north on I-25 is rather boring. Typical small Wyoming towns every 50 miles or so, with the ugly ass city of Casper on I-25 where you turn left towards Cody. Once you take the left turn on state highway 20/26 the scenery begins to change for the better. A two lane highway travels through some beautiful canyon lands surrounded by mountains and rugged outcroppings. Deer, rabbit and ravens are plentiful on this route. Use caution when driving after dark as deer and rabbit have a tendency to play suicidal games with oncoming traffic.

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We made it to the cabin on the outskirts of Cody sometime around midnight. The cabin was located on Applejack Ranch, and run by a really welcoming and nice family. When I awoke the next morning and stepped out to enjoy my first cup, I was greeted by a one dog welcoming committee named Rooster. He bounded down the dirt lane, tongue hanging out, sporting a huge grin as if saying, “oh boy, lets play!”

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We entered Yellowstone on the first day from the east entrance and then headed up through the northern section of the park. First stop was a boiling cauldron of sulfur and minerals oozing up through the ground. The earth’s crust is typically ~40 miles thick, but in Yellowstone it averages ~6 miles. We saw many buffalo, deer, ravens and geese. On the way back out we saw two wolves frolicking on the river bank about 2 miles away.

On the second day we stayed out of the park and in the stead drove up Chief Joseph highway towards Montana. Then onto the Beartooth road over the pass to Red Lodge, Montana. Beautiful! Mountain lakes, windy roads, sheer cliffs and high winds make for a spectacular drive and hike.

The third day it was back to Yellowstone for a tour of the southern section, plus a session at Old Faithful. Great scenery will blast your senses the entire trip. Old Faithful is very cool. When it finished a granny next to me said, “is that all?” I laughed. Not sure what she was expecting? Maybe a fly-over by the Blue Angels and some shitty country singer belting out ‘god bless America’?

We then exited via the southern egress point into Tetons National Forrest. Well worth the extra time back to Colorado. Yellowstone is a perfect example of what we as a nation can achieve if we set aside public lands for everyone’s enjoyment and keep the greed-heads, miners and corporations out. Go there and get lost.

More photos at FLICKR.

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Lake City, Colorado

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Amy and I went to Lake City, Co for a long weekend. Very beautiful town and surrounding mountains. The Alpine Circle is a wonderful, treacherous and stupendously beautiful drive. You need a 4-wheel drive vehicle or an off-road motorcycle, llamas, sturdy horse or foot travel to complete the circle. Some of the 40+ plus miles over two separate passes are “Jeep trails”/rocky outcroppings at best.

Fished some on San Cristobal lake. Stayed is a very nice cabin on the lake. Lake City is a great place from a historical and visual sense, but there are too many Texans about for my everyday tastes. The pros way more make up for the cons though. Definitely recommend this as a destination.

You may find more of my photographs from this are at this link pics.

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Mexico

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We spent a few weeks living and working in Isla Mujeres, Mexico. This was the view from my desk. A really nice place.

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