2016 – Another Year Gets Wrapped Up!

December 2016 ~ At home in Southern California

Ready for another great adventure!

Traveling the world – one place at a time…

Whew, I feel like I am sliding into home plate after a ninth inning Grand Slam. Our year was once again filled to the brim with exciting travel and memorable moments. We managed to squeeze in trips that involved 15 countries on five different continents!

Here is a breakdown of our trips for 2016:  Continue reading

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CAMBODIA ~ Angkor Thom, Ta Prohm and Angkor Wat for Sunset

Tuesday, March 23rd – Full Day Angkor Thom, Ta Prohm & Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Angkor Wat, Cambodia

EDITORS NOTE: In going back through my posts for 2016, while working on my “year in review” post to wrap everything up, I realized that this post never got published. So, to fill in a blank spot, I am going to share it now. This was from our time in Cambodia in March of this year.   Continue reading

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Birth Announcement – It’s A Girl!

December 2nd ~ Buckley Cove, California

Ellie Mae Camp-it

Delivered: November 30th at 4:00 PM

Weight: 9,564 pounds

Length: 24′ 11″

Proud Parents: Tim and Joanne Joseph

Well, we did it! After a relatively painless delivery, we are taking home our new baby girl – a 2017 Prism (by Coachmen) 2200LE motorhome!!!

Introducing our new baby, Ellie May Camp-it

Introducing our new baby, Ellie Mae Camp-it

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Another Chapter – Morphing our Travel Life Just a Bit

November 26th, 2016 ~ Southern California

We are so excited to move on to phase two of our travel adventures – RVing!

I can see us parking our small RV right HERE!

I can see us parking our small RV right HERE! (photo courtesy of Naturally Earth Friendly)

The open road is calling and we are ready to respond.  Continue reading

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We Have Some Very VERY Brave Friends

November 25th ~ Southern California

Michael and Laura with Joanne and Tim

Michael and Laura with Joanne and Tim

OK – Thanksgiving menu. What to fix???

I’m guessing that few of you had as many challenges to handle as our dear friends did in planning yesterdays meal for our family.  Continue reading

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Trip Interruptus ~ Flying home early

Tuesday, November 1st ~ Quito, Ecuador

Poor Tim! He had a very rough night. I have written about his sensitivity to MSG and Free Glutamic Acid before, but here is a link with a little more information for those not up on what this entails. A few nights prior he had a reaction serious enough that I spoke to the onboard doctor. Besides the “normal” symptoms of nausea, severe cramping and explosive diarrhea, he was also running a fever which resulted in bouts of shivering and then burning up.

By that next morning he was exhausted, but OK enough to soldier through the days excursions.

Last night it once again hit with a vengeance and I helplessly listened to his moans until just before dawn when he finally dozed off.  Continue reading

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Ecuador ~ Fly to Quito in the High Andes

Monday, October 31st ~ Goodbye to The Galapagos, Hello to the High Andes, Ecuador

Leaving the islands, wishing us a happy return

Leaving the islands, wishing us a happy return

Today was primarily a transition day – going from the Galapagos Islands back to the mainland. The highlight of the morning before we disembarked was a half hour slide show that was presented by our very talented on-board photographer, Nicholas. He has promised to email us a link to the presentation and I am hopeful that I will be able to add it to a  post in the future as I guarantee that it will encourage anyone with any interest in visiting here to get packing!  Continue reading

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Galapagos Islands ~ Post Office Bay, Champion Islet, Cormorant Point (Floreana Island)

Sunday, October 30th ~ Floreana Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

The Santa Cruz II as seen from Floreana Island

The Santa Cruz II as seen from Floreana Island

Day 5 ~ This was our last full day on the ship. Although I enjoyed Floreana, it was my least favorite of the islands we visited on our itinerary. Still a few fun memories, but not the WOW factor we experienced earlier. Continue reading

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Galapagos Islands, Ecuador ~ Puerto Ayora, Charles Darwin Research Station

Saturday, October 29th ~ Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

Harbor town of Puerto Ayora

Harbor town of Puerto Ayora

Day 4 ~ Even on Santa Cruz Island where it is most populated, we are required to take the panga ashore. Todays excursions begin with a visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station and giant tortoise breeding center. Side by side, next to the National Park administration where the two work hand in glove for the preservation of the Galapagos Islands.  Continue reading

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Galapagos Islands, Ecuador ~ Tagus Cove, Urbina Bay

Friday, October 28th ~ Tagus Cove, Urbina Bay, Isabela Island 

Darwin Lake

Darwin Lake

Day 3 ~ Before we take off on todays excursions, I wanted to share more information of what day-to-day life is like on board the Santa Cruz II. There are several primary large areas where meetings, or lectures, or meals can be served, the Panorama Bar, Rear Sun Deck, Library and the Dining Room.  Continue reading

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