The End of Six Months in South America

We have been on the road in Central and South America for six months.  As we are wrapping up this phase, we wanted to reflect upon what the trip has held for us so far.  South America has been a grand adventure – trekking, rafting, snorkeling, zip-lining, hiking, surfing, etc.  We have experienced a range of situations that have tested our limits.  We have navigated our way through an entire continent in a different language, not always smoothly, but we’veRead more

Vicuñitas con Mochilitas (Little Vicuñas on the Inca Trail)

By Deb The Inca Trail is one of those traveler destinations that you have to see to believe. A four day walk to the ruins of Machu Pichu, it is the stuff of travel legends (both good and bad) and was something that we approached with a bit of trepidation – would it be too difficult for us and the kids, would it be over-run with tourists and porters, would it be worth both the time and effort? And, forRead more

Peru – the Rest of the Story

Colca Canyon may rank up there with one of the best lifetime experiences as a family.  As Colburn wrote, it was a confluence of events that left us elated, euphoric, and exhausted.  After leaving Colca, we headed off on a tourist bus to Lake Titicaca.   Lake Titicaca is one of those places that I have always dreamed about visiting – it seemed so exotic, one of those places you have to go just to say that you’ve been there (Timbuktu,Read more

Colca Canyon

Having written this prior to yesterday’s school shooting in our hometown of Reno, we consider ourselves incredibly fortunate to be spending so much time with our children. Between Deb and I, hundreds of children have experienced the outdoors during our many years as outdoor educators.  We designed, planned and executed outdoor experiences for other parents’ children.  We have done plenty of trips with our kids – day hikes, rock climbing excursions, sea-kayaking day trips, etc.  But in the Colca Canyon,Read more