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Azores: 2014

Posted by on Apr 12, 2014 in Azores | Comments Off on Azores: 2014

Hello Everyone, I had a quiet couple of months in California setting up our new base camp., and now I am off traveling again. I arrived in the Azores April 2nd, and I am once again working for Biosphere Expeditions. This is my third year leading the Azorian Expeditions (click this link to see details on our work here). Here’s what I will be writing about for the next month: This is the blue whale: This is Pico showing her stuff during a brief bit of sunshine:   The striped dolphins (click on the picture and you’ll see a larger version):   More striped dolphins:   Mother and baby sperm whale doing a simultaneous dive.   We’ve seen common dolphins, striped dolphins, bottlenose dolphins, sperm whales, a fin whale, and a blue whale yesterday. Stay tuned…     Please...

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One Week on the Camino

Posted by on May 20, 2012 in Azores | 2 comments

Well, the blisters upon blister have finally healed, and walking is pretty good. 25 kms per day are easy now, which is about 15 miles. I got my backpack down to about 10-12 lbs I think and life is good. I shipped almost 4 kilos (8 lbs) ahead to Santiago–my large camera and all my electronics and wool hat and socks, which I now miss since it´s been raining cats and dogs for two days straight and muddy as heck. AND I am not even in rainy Galaicia yet. Tonight I am in Belorado, and we´re in wine country. La Rioja is the wine capital of Spain, and a good bottle is about 3-4 Euros. I am taking full advantage. There is a saying on the Camino “Con pan y vino se anda el Camino”…with wine and bread one...

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Posh boats in the harbor

Posted by on May 10, 2012 in Azores | Comments Off on Posh boats in the harbor

All sorts of ships sail/motor into the Horta harbor because of the location of the archipelago – 1000 miles off the coast of Europe (Portugal). It’s an ideal stopping-off point for ships transiting from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean or from Europe to the Med or from the Caribbean to the Med. Some ships are obviously from seasoned travelers (as evidenced by the variety of wharf paintings) and others are exceedingly posh. Here are a few of the posh ones taken over the time I’ve been here.           Here is the Lexy, sailed by a fellow named Steve that I became friendly with. He was giving a ride to another Frenchman needing a lift back to France, but they were stuck here in Horta waiting out some bad weather. This made me quite happy to have...

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Last walk on the Wharf

Posted by on May 9, 2012 in Azores | Comments Off on Last walk on the Wharf

Here’s my last stroll along the wharf (docks) in the Horta Harbor. It’s my walk to the Physeter every day–just another day at the office 🙂 I’ll miss it.               Please follow and like...

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A trip to Faial’s Botanical Garden

Posted by on May 8, 2012 in Azores | Comments Off on A trip to Faial’s Botanical Garden

In between groups I took a walk up the hill to the Faial Botanical garden. It was a loveley place to spend an afternoon, and I got to see many of the species endmic to Faial before the settlers came and started importing all the plants. The coolest part by far was the wisteria-covered trellis leading to the dreamy water fountain. I could have stayed there forever! Another cool feature was the replica-caldera, like the one on Faial, displaying the typical plants that grow in such an ecosystem. The one in the botanical garden had steps leading into it so you could get up-close and personal with the plants.   Please follow and like...

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Alisa off to Spain for 6 weeks

Posted by on May 8, 2012 in Azores | Comments Off on Alisa off to Spain for 6 weeks

Today I am flying to Spain (Pamplona) to begin another chapter in my European adventure. Tomorrow morning I will start walking the Camino de Santiago, a 750+ mile pilgrimage across Spain, but while I get settled on the trail I’ll keep posting the final chapters of my time in the Azores. Please follow and like...

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