Spotlight Thursday – Exploring Vedauwoo, Wyoming

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Every Thursday, I will be posting a photo from my travels and a spotlight on the location. Today’s Photo Thursday is from Vedauwoo section of Medicine Bow – Routt National Forest in Wyoming.  This photo is from my second trip to Vedauwoo.  Originally, I had planned to climb Pike’s Peak this weekend, but due to the smoke from the 2010 Waldo Canyon Fire, it wasn’t possible.  I made the four-hour drive from Colorado Springs, Colorado to Vedauwoo, Wyoming. I camped in the Vedauwoo campground.  I had the option of dispersal camping for free, but I liked having a bathroom nearby. I spent the weekend hiking and bouldering among the  hoodoos and outcroppings. Continue Reading . . .

Photo Thursday – Washington Slagbaai National Park of Bonaire

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Every Thursday, I will be posting a photo from my travels and a spotlight on the location.  Today’s Photo Thursday is from Washington Slagbaai National Park in Bonaire, Leeward Antilles.  My parents rented a car and we spent several days exploring the rough terrain of the Slagbaai as well as snorkeling in the Bonaire National Marine Park. From the high-water mark to 200 ft deep is part of the Bonaire National Marine Park.   The best snorkeling on the island is on the southwest lee side of the island.  The brackish water of the low elevation lagoons attract the famous pink American flamingos.  Bonaire has a donkey population introduced by the early Europeans.  The island is also home ot the vulnerable Yellow-shouldered Amazon. Continue Reading . . .

Photo Thursday – View from the London Eye

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View from the London Eye

Every Thursday, I will be posting a photo from my travels.  Today’s Photo Thursday is from the top of the London Eye in London, England, United Kingdoms.  The Eye is 135m (443 ft) tall and the tallest Ferris wheel in Europe.  It is one of the most popular attractions in London.  While I was planning my trip to London, I wasn’t planning on going up the Eye.  Walking across the River Thames, I decided that I couldn’t go to London and not go on the Eye.  I purchased a ticket and into the 30-minute cue I went.  I spent the time examining the structure.  Once I boarded the moving capsule, the 30-minute journey around the wheel began. Continue Reading . . .

Photo Thursday – Pico Basilé Breaking Through

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Every Thursday, I will be posting a photo from my travels.  Today’s Photo Thursday  is of Pico Basilé near Malabo, Equatorial Guinea.  When I walked out from my hotel, the mountain was clouded over.  Before my ride arrived, the mountain emerged from the clouds.  It is 9,879ft (3,011 m)tall and is the tallest of the three volcanos on my island home of Bioko.  The mountain also happens to be the highest point in Equatorial Guinea. Pico Basilé like most of the island is covered tropical rainforest.  Currently, Pico Basilé lies dormant along the Cameroon geologic fault line. Continue Reading . . .

Hiking to Cocora’s Acaime Natural Reserve

The feeder is currently empty, but I know with a little patience, I am sure I will be rewarded.  I quietly unpack my camera gear and set up my tripod.  Out of the corner of my eye, I see a blue streak fly by. Gotta!  There goes the reason I hike the Valley of Cocora and the Acaime Natural Reserve. Continue Reading . . .