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Incredible Isabela Island

Incredible Isabela Island

Time to change islands! We were transported to Isabela by one of those miniscule propeller planes, the smallest I’ve ever ridden in. The plane shook and rattled and the engine was so loud the passengers all wore headphones but our pilot, Carlos, had obviously made...

Santa Cruz-Don’t Miss Moments

Santa Cruz-Don’t Miss Moments

Three things I’d recommend to a friend: Stay at the Galapagos Habitat by Eco Luxury Group in Puerto Ayora The hotel is literally, as well as figuratively, green. Surrounded by mangroves and home to brown pelicans, sea lions, marine iguanas, and much more, it even has...

Our Galapagos Guide

Our Galapagos Guide

I’m going to take a quick break from my itinerary to talk about why I chose to use Classic Journeys for this Ecuadorian expedition. Normally I’m not a group travel kind of person. Like the Galapagos tortoises, my walking pace tends to be slower than other people’s, it...

Arriving in the Archipelago

Arriving in the Archipelago

Quito Covid test results-negativo! With this positive news, we began the next leg of our journey early the next morning. The Avianca flight to Baltra was longer than expected as it stops in Guayaquil, the largest city and major port in Ecuador, for passengers to get...

Quintessential Quito

Quintessential Quito

When our plane touched down in Ecuador just about midnight on October 1, I’ll confess that I knew absolutely nothing about the capital city. That would change dramatically in 24-hours! Our Classic Journeys guide and Quito resident, Rafael Arevalo, had designed a day...

Sue and Judie’s Epic Adventure-Take II

Sue and Judie’s Epic Adventure-Take II

How many times since the pandemic first hit has the passage of time been referred to as “like in that movie Groundhog Day?”  Almost a year and a half later, I finally decided it was time to rewind yet again, overcome my fears, and pursue that travel writing career I...

Teachable Trips

Teachable Trips

Fall is a glorious time to be in the Finger Lakes! Crisp days and cool nights. The smell of grapes in the air. Fields bursting with cornstalks and bright orange pumpkins. And, don’t forget the apples ripening on their trees! I recently turned to an experienced...

What’s Happening in Hyannis?

What’s Happening in Hyannis?

With the remains of another hurricane about to drench and unleash gale force winds on our tent, we decided to break camp early. Friends had invited us to spend the night with them in Hyannis, so we packed up and headed west. First stop was for lunch as Sesuit Harbor...

Cape Cod-Camping and Cranberries

Cape Cod-Camping and Cranberries

I can’t imagine living anywhere but the Finger Lakes. However, there is one thing we don’t have here and that’s an ocean! Cape Cod has always been my “go-to” for a sand and salt fix. As a child, my family camped at Nickerson State Park in Brewster, MA. In high school...

Rail Riders-Something New to Try in Penn Yan

Rail Riders-Something New to Try in Penn Yan

Turns out there’s more than one way to “ride the rails” in the Finger Lakes Region. Who knew? Though it looks remarkably similar to something a child might create with an Erector set a rail rider is actually a clever mode of transportation. A recumbent-style bike with...