Hollywood Rainbow

Hollywood Rainbow

We’re all used to seeing rainbows all the time a little further west in Hollywood (and closer to the ground), but on Saturday after the rain stopped and the sun peeked out a big one arced over Griffith Park. I noticed it while sitting in our home office working on those trip videos. I grabbed my camera and literally ran out the door and up the hill. I had to stop several times to catch my breath as ascending that…

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Coronado Island & Horses

Coronado Island & Horses

Friday morning we were off on a little boat to Isla Coronado, the closest of the Loreto islands formed by volcanic rock. Our first stop was beside a high cliff. The water was freezing, but I managed to see another stingray before our guide rounded us up. The next stop was at the tip of the island where the sea lions bask in the sun and red crabs scurry where the water meets the rock. In the water the outcropping…

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Bahia de Concepcion

Bahia de Concepcion

The morning after leaving the lagoon we walked to Rene’s for breakfast before checking out and hitting the road. By 1pm we turned off the 1 at Playa Santispak, a beach we’d seen days earlier on the drive up. As soon as we arrived a man in a pickup truck asked if we wanted a boat tour. His English wasn’t good, but we figured out It was only 500 pesos per hour so we asked him to take us snorkeling…

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The Lagoon

The Lagoon

Our first night at the Lagoon was broken by the camp’s dogs howling at the mountains until 3am. We ate homemade potato cakes with salsa for breakfast while Jorge told us the dogs were barking at coyotes, which come down from the mountains to try and steal food from the camp (and eat birds, I suppose?). Captain Daniel from “Antoniosecotours”  got us quickly out to the whales and we had more than a few curious ones in the morning checking…

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Loreto, the town that Universal Vacation Group built.

Loreto, the town that Universal Vacation Group built.

On Saturday, January 28th, Sam and I flew to Loreto, Mexico, on the once a day flight from LAX. The pleasant Alaska flight flew between the coast and Catalina Island before crossing the border and flying east over the peninsula. Our seat was over the wing, so getting decent pictures was impossible. (In the photo below you can see Avalon to the left) We would find out later the only other daily flight to Loreto is ironically a Skywest from Calgary,…

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Banff Vacation Day 10

Banff Vacation Day 10

Waking up early on our last morning in Banff and peeking outside the window drapes I noticed the sky was nearly as clear as on our first night. However, unlike that night, the temperature was the lowest ever. -27 is probably the coldest temperature I’ve ever experienced, and boy did I experience it. I decided to try and photograph the sunrise not from Vermillion Lake, but up on the hill at the Norquay lookout. On the way up the hill,…

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Banff Vacation Day 9

Banff Vacation Day 9

On our last full day we were growing weary of the constant chill outside (and Sam was starting to get a cold) so we made a point to walk through the inside of the Fairmont, then visit the Bow River parking lot and called it a day.  Between those things, we visited the only Mexican restaurant in town, which actually wasn’t too bad. They fried the chile rellenos so the outsides were still crisp, which is how preferable to the mush that you…

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Banff Vacation Day 8

Banff Vacation Day 8

Another townie day. We went on the brief (and very windy) tunnel mountain hike then revisited surprise corner after dark. Taking photos of the Fairmont proved difficult with wind gusts blowing up from the Bow River. The only way to stabilize the shots was to hold the tripod. You don’t hold a piece of metal outside for more than a few seconds in negative twenty degrees. Looking for a calmer place to take night shots of the town we drove…

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Banff Vacation Day 7

Banff Vacation Day 7

Our goal on day seven was to head northwest into Glacier National Park, but we never quite made it. Our drive to the first destination, Wapta Falls, took us on increasingly more snowbound roads until we arrived at the trailhead only to find it blanketed with snow too high to walk through. We reluctantly started to turn around. And got stuck. In a replay of our Iceland adventure, we scooped out the snow with our hands and feet and worked ourselves…

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Banff Vacation Day 6

Banff Vacation Day 6

Our drinking habits caught up with us on the sixth day. We decided to nurse our headaches by staying in town (and indoors). An ancillary driver of this decision was a snowstorm descending on Banff that would have made any hiking or sight seeing difficult. After a short visit to Cave and Basin we walked along the main avenue and did our souvenir shopping. We later visited surprise corner for (supposedly) the best view of the Fairmont. We warmed up…

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