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Arequipa 2022 - Peru

with Colca Canyon hiking

sunny 70 °F
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Our trip to Arequipa, the city and the department, included a 3 day hike of Colca Canyon. It's the 3rd deepest canyon in the world. Part of that trip included, a bus tour to a condor viewpoint above the canyon rim. Then we hiked the rest of that day down to the river bottom and stayed at a lodge. The next day we hiked along the river and some of the fields to another group of lodges with swimming pools. The third day was hiking out of the canyon, a stop at hot springs, and then a bus ride back to the city.
What incredible views - it reminded me of parts of Colorado.

Within the city, we visited the historic Santa Catalina Monastery. What a great tour, with art and history and views of the volcanoes in the backgrounds of the city. We also stopped by the homestead and museum of the founder of the city, a former mill and farmland, and several markets. The main plaza in the city center always had things going on, and we did several roof top sunset happy hours there.

This city is also the home of llama and alpaca wool clothing, so we did some shopping for that. There are also several delicious restaurants to try, including a favorite: Chicha by Gaston Acurio.

Recommend:

  • Colca Canyon
  • Condor viewing
  • Santa Catalina monastery
  • Plaza de Armas
  • food & restaurants: Chicha, Zig Zag, Roma empanadas

Trip Map

Pictures - Colca Canyon

VIDEO: 3 Days Hiking Colca

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Pictures - Arequipa

Arequipa Plaza & city

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Posted by MurkTravels 20:47 Archived in Peru Tagged nature peru sunsets 2022 Comments (1)

Puerto Maldonado 2022 - Peru

Welcome to the Jungle (resort)

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We headed to the wild jungle frontier town of Puerto Maldonado. It's in the least populated department called Madre de Dios. Many of the countries largest national parks and reserves are here, including Manu National Park, Amarakaeri reserve, and Tambopata Natural Reserve. There are several key research centers around these regions that study and learn about the jungle habitat, local flora and fauna, and part of the Amazon ecosystem.

We stayed a few nights at one of the research centers in Tambopata. It was several hours by bus, then several more hours by riverboat to get there, so definitely remote. We went on several hikes led by the local guides, saw all sorts of animals and creatures, took lots of pictures, and learned about the local nature.

After that, we headed to the city and surrounding areas. There we did zip lining, tree canopy walks, a jungle lagoon tour, river canoe trip, and a visit to Monkey island.

Recommend:

  • jungle tour - Tambopata
  • monkey island tour
  • local street grilled food

Trip Map

Pictures

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Posted by MurkTravels 20:46 Archived in Peru Tagged nature peru 2022 Comments (0)

Parks & coast tour 2021 - Oregon USA

Northern California and Oregon

semi-overcast 70 °F
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We took a trip to check out National Parks and the Pacific Coast in Oregon and California.

We drove from Oakland up to Lassan Volcanic National Park first and camped there. It was like a very mini Yellowstone with some calderas, lakes, and a quick drive through the park. Next was Crater Lake National Park in Oregon where we camped again. This stop had amazing hikes and views into the crystal clear blue water in the lake in the caldera of an old volcano. Highly recommended.

We took a few days to visit Portland before heading to the coast. We drove south from Seaside (near where they filmed part of the Goonies movie) and stopped in random small towns along the way. We camped in South Beach state park which was very nice. Next up was heading to Northern California (after a bit of delay due to a rock slide closing part of the scenic highway).

We ended the trip with visiting Humboldt and Jedediah State Redwoods and the National Redwoods Forest Parks. The drive along the "Avenue of the Giants" and various hikes we took were crazy to feel so small next to these huge trees. We even drove through the base of one of the trees. Then there was more camping for a few more nights before heading to Sonoma for a nice hotel, wine tour, and local food.

Recommend:

  • Redwoods National Parks - and there's also about 5 local state parks that are connected
  • Crater Lake National Park
  • camping near the Oregon coast

Trip Map

Pictures

Crater Lake
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Coast
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Posted by MurkTravels 17:49 Archived in USA Tagged trees nature california oregon usa road camping trip nationalparks 2021 Comments (0)

2020

what just happened?

sunny 80 °F
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Looking Back

2020:
Well, that was an interesting year.
There was some things that were new and crazy like the pandemic and my truck getting stolen and totaled. Meanwhile other things stayed the same just like any other year with camping, hiking, biking, running, volleyball, moving, and road trips.

Most activities this year was somehow affected by COVID related news, including working remotely for 41 weeks of the year. I had several concerts, events, and international travel cancelled. The trips would have been to Italy, Croatia, Austria, Canada, and the Cayman Islands.

However that allowed me to take more US based trips. I was able to check out a lot of National Parks included Rocky Mountain, Colorado Monument, Dinosaur Monument, Arches, Yellowstone, and Grand Tetons. Plus had the time to see a lot of family, friends, and enjoy hobbies (all at a distance of course).

Well, here's the review:

Activities

Things that happened in 2020:

Big Travels

Quick Trips

Challenges

Events & other activities

  • moved to downtown Denver - February
  • had 4Runner stolen, along with all my camping and outdoor gear, to be found a week later totaled and trashed by drug addicts - August
  • concerts: none
  • races: none
  • volleyball, biking, running, walking, hiking
  • Denver Travel Show
  • Prudence turned 3 - August

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Posted by MurkTravels 03:21 Archived in USA Tagged me sunsets_and_sunrises mountains lakes trees museums nature travel california colorado mountain egypt turkey utah camp africa usa rockies festival hike bike israel europe asia denver qatar roadtrip montana wyoming macedonia ultra challenge sup nationalparks 14er 2020 murktravels in_review fkkt Comments (0)

Skopje 2020 - North Macedonia

and Ohrid

sunny 50 °F
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As an add-on to the Turkey trip, we spent a few days in Macedonia. We had time to check out Skopje (capital and city of statues), Mavrovo Lake and National Park, Matka Canyon, and Ohrid.

Recommend:

  • Day trip to Ohrid to see Lake Ohrid, the fortress and roman ruins, and the Church of Saint Clement
  • Matka Canyon hike
  • Senigallia boat hotel and the Old House restaurant in Skopje

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Pictures

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There are LOTS of statues around town. We stop counting after a thousand. They are on every bridge and building and street corner.
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There are also many ruins of forts, castles, and roman theaters around the country.

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And many ornate church buildings

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And opportunity to enjoy nature and small towns.

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Posted by MurkTravels 20:26 Archived in Macedonia Tagged churches nature europe nationalparks 2020 northmacedonia Comments (0)

Crested Butte - Colorado USA

Fall Foliage Festival

sunny 75 °F

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When it's the start of autumn, then it's time to vacation a bit to see the fall foliage. The northeast New England area may have claim to a lot of pretty colors, but Colorado is pretty picturesque too, if you know where to go. So we took a weekend to rent a condo and check out the changing colors of the leaves.

Crested Butte has one of the largest aspen grove regions in the world. They all go from lime green to greenish-yellow to bright yellow within a few weeks. There are usually some birch trees that include some red and orange colors as well. Then they are all back dropped by the dark green of all the evergreen trees and the gray of the Rocky Mountains.

Recommend:

  • Kebler Pass - Horse Ranch trailhead area.
  • downtown Crested Butte

Pictures

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The trees and mountains from a distance:

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Driving on the side roads provide pretty good views.

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And getting into the hiking trails if a must do. By the way, you are going to see a lot of yellow.

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Posted by MurkTravels 02:29 Archived in USA Tagged me trees nature colorado usa hike 2020 murktravels Comments (0)

Grand Tetons National Park - Wyoming USA

mountains and water

overcast 85 °F
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It was photogenic !
Yeah, I have about 1000 pictures of the lake and Teton mountains. Pretty much every stop or corner you take, it's a cool photo.

One day we spent on the water, doing both on a paddle board and a kayak.
Another day we spent chasing wildlife and doing a tour of photography spots.
And yet another day we spent hiking into a canyon between mountains within the range.

All of those were unique experiences and I highly recommend checking out the Tetons national park.

Recommend:

  • Snake River - SUP, kayak, or raft
  • Jackson Lake & Jenny Lake
  • Cascade Canyon hike
  • Photography and wildlife tour

Trip Map

Pictures

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USA Utah album

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Posted by MurkTravels 10:34 Archived in USA Tagged me trees nature camp usa hike wyoming nationalparks 2020 murktravels Comments (0)

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