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Sunrise: Chasing the dream
Life filled with adventure, both actual and spiritual.
Diversity Macro and Micro
10/25/2013, Boulder CO

All of these parrots and parakeets must come here daily to eat some of this clay as it neutralizes the poisons that are in the fruits that they eat.

Tropical rainforests are the most diverse ecosystems on earth. A four-square mile patch of rainforest contains as many as 1500 species of flowering plants, 750 species of trees, 125 species of mammals, 400 species of birds, 100 species of reptiles, 60 species of amphibians, and 150 species of butterflies. More than 50% of the world's plant and animal species inhabit the 7% of the world that is covered in rainforest. We heard that one tree in the rainforest can have more species of ants in it than exist in all of the UK!

What we didn't know at the time, and what we have learned since is that our intestines are almost as interesting!! Somewhere between 300 and 1000 species live in our guts! Wow...

So, while in South America we picked up a few extra species that were upsetting the delicate balance and our guts had some serious issues, as often happens when an invasive species enters a particular habitat. To get rid of some bacteria and at least one species of amoeba, we took some pretty intense medication (Isobel with her more robust gut did not require the worse of the cocktail.)

Lara was not as affected as I was. For me it took quite a while to bring my intestinal flora diversity back. I saw a doctor in Boulder who informed me that 70% of the cells in my body are not my own!! 10% of those are on our skin (and we need them there... so why do we use anti-bactieral soap etc??) and the rest are in our guts! Wow. If you go to Wikipedia you can find some very well documented information that relates to all this. This is an excerpt:

The human body carries about 100 trillion microorganisms in its intestines, a number ten times greater than the total number of human cells in the body.[2][3][4][5][6] The metabolic activities performed by these bacteria resemble those of an organ, leading some to liken gut bacteria to a "forgotten" organ.[7] It is estimated that these gut flora have around a hundred times as many genes in aggregate as there are in the human genome.[8]

In my recovery, I have found that wheat adversely affects how all those 100 trillion microorganisms function... so now I have to see if I can brew some gluten free beer!!

10/28/2013 | Gil
I understand completely.
Now, can you send me some of that clay to munch on ?
Looking for a place on land...
09/22/2013, Las Brisas de Amador, Panama

Isobel helps pack up the genoa which is in need of some repairs... we will carry it to the US.

Yes we are looking for a place on land for a couple months. We have been looking and looking and haven't found the ideal place. Do you know anyone who has a house in a cool place?

We have air tickets to Denver for tomorrow and returning from Norfolk VA December 2nd.

We are particularly interested in Portland, Pittsburgh and Boulder... and we would be open for suggestions. (we were going to spend the whole time in Boulder and the housing market there is stressed by the floods)

We see ourselves in a little house in a quiet neighborhood, meeting kids at the playground and having a coffee at the local coffee shop. Take a bus to the university to audit a class.

-We are happy to house sit or caretake.
-We are happy to pay reasonable rent.

09/22/2013 | Uncle Readie
Well, just guessing, but of those three cities, I'd say Portland is the most likely one to have places to repair a sail. :)

If you're trying to get away from the oceans for a while, Rapid City SD is probably your best bet. It's close to North America's "Pole of Inaccessibiliy".

Seriously, I'd go for Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon. Maybe the university has a list of academics on sabattical.
09/24/2013 | gil
Gee, let me see if I can think of a place...I have a niece who owns a comedy club in Oregon. I think it might be in Portland.
10/25/2013 | Tim
Hello! My wife and I did a cruise to Mexico on our HR 38 last year. We searched all over for where to live when we came back and ended up in Boise, Idaho of all places. Better yet, try a little place called McCall, Idaho. Lots of sailors live there, even though it's far from the ocean. We love it here and think you would like it, too!
Return home
09/20/2013, Las Brisas, Panama

I know , for all the travel, the blog has been sketchy...

We are home again on Sunrise. It is wonderful. Even though this is not the perfect dreamy anchorage, we are really happy to be on the water. Sure it is hot and sticky here, but at least we have our own stuff around us, we are back to our diet and our normal schedule.

We were greeted upon our return by our boat sitters... Two tiny geckos have been on our boat since Shelter Bay Marina... So it seems they can find enough to eat (not sure if that is a good sign!). Now they seem quite un afraid of us. Like Isobel, they like to watch Lara making dinner. One sits on the propane switch, and barely moves when Lara turns the switch on and off... I guess we need some names... More soon

09/20/2013 | Uncle Readie
The Simpsons already did it.
Equador orBust.... Equador!
09/07/2013, Jumbo Lodge, Quito, Ecuador

The view from our window: Quito

0 13.255's 078 30.276'w

Well, we made it to Ecuador. Even though we didn't sail, we left Lima yesterday at 4PM flew back to Panama and then south again to Quito, Ecuador. We were picked up by Louis at the airport and driven to his Casa, Jumbo Lodging... arriving about midnight. We have spent a wonderful night in a huge king bed that was very comfortable after all the travel. This is a family run place with four rooms. A wonderful breakfast and we are getting ready for our ride to Mindo and the cloud forest. Like many of these places, we wish we had more time to explore the old city around Jumbo Lodging... another time.

other countries and cultures
09/07/2013 | Uncle Readie
So will you be on the equator for the equinox in Ecuador? That should be equitable! ;^)
09/09/2013 | Mary Ellen
looks crowded-- nice pictures-
off to GA//9/17/13
love mec
For our last meal in Lima...
09/06/2013, Lima Peru

Lima weather at this time of the year is over cast and cool, with high humidity.

Last night we went to the fountains and saw their show using lasers, music and water. Pretty cool.

We wandered a little thinking of breakfast... ending up at a french restaurant down overlooking the cliffs and the Pacific Ocean. Very thick fog lay over the city and none of the usual paragliders we hanging over the cliffs... the meal was good and we returned to pack our bags.

09/04/2013, Royal Inka 1

It has been cool in Cusco... and yet this morning the sun is out and feels very warm. Our room features this balcony overlooking one of the squares... very nice at first... then it became too hot!! crazy after being cold...

On the Edge of the Rain Forest
08/31/2013, Aguas Caliente, Peru

The view from our hotel room... in the general direction of Machu Picchu.

I know that it has been a while since we have posted and in that time we have been many places. We will have to do some catch up... but today we are here and I feel I have to write about it.

I sit now on the third floor balcony of Hotel Santuario (about 13 09.262's 072 31.603'w). The river roars over the boulders, all have been rounded and carved by millions of years of constant wear. The steep mountains rise out of the river to thousands of feet above our heads. Now they are lushly covered with vegetation, something we have missed for our entire visit to Peru. Until now we have only been west of the Andes which squeeze all the water out of the wind blowing from out of the east, keeping western Peru dry and with only the hardy arid plants and grasses.

Now as I look up, there are epiphytes, moss, and lichen clinging to the vertical cliffs. Trees and bushes cling to any crack in the rock while at the base of the cliffs, growing in all the scree slopes is a multitude of trees, each apparently with different shaped leaves of a variety of greens. Each of their branches is covered with epiphytes. Birds and butterflies (I can't ID one of them!) flit about.

All this means that we are on the edge of the Amazon Rain Forest. It is now obvious why the Incas found this place to build their last bastion... More on that tomorrow as that is when we will go to Machu Picchu.

09/01/2013 | Shirley
What a spectacular journey...wonderful to see all of you looking so fit and well...all's well here too...
09/01/2013 | Mary Ellen
GREAT shot-- really enjoying your posting- Happy Labor day--Just left the Praino;s-- had a wonderfull time.Leaving here 9/17 and will be off line for awhile--Stay well- love mec
The Oasis, Huacachina
08/19/2013, Huacachina, Peru

A day of recovery having passed, it was hard to just board our 12 noon bus never having left the Carmelo grounds. We rallied and headed toward the sandboarding capital of Peru, Huacachina, less than 10 km away. For all the press it receives, we were surprised at the size of Huacachina, a tiny oasis.

08/23/2013 | Mary Ellen
Hello---water is water if a person is thristy???
GREAT pictures--get some rest-
all is well-here- Jetter played ball here this week--
Yankees lost --but a good game.
love mec
08/23/2013 | Uncle Readie
From 1993 (I think). It wasn't so much "boarding" as "cardboarding".

Going Up.

Going Down!
08/19/2013, Huacachina, Peru

Clearly, Huacachina is not about the oasis. It's all about the stunning dunes towering above. The average person comes here to either get their exercise preparing to climb Macchu Picchu by hoofing it up and sandboarding down or taking a raucous ride in a dune buggy that looks like it's out of a mad max film. The buggy races up and down the dunes trying to scare the bejessus out of everyone and then takes a break to sandboard. Arriving with fragile stomachs in tow we looked for someone to give us the geriatric version of the ride. We headed out, or up should I say, in awe of the grace and beauty created by wind and sand. Our driver wanted to test the limits a little and flew down a small drop fast enough to leave our stomachs behind. His assistant looked to us to get the thumbs up and smile he expected, but he didn't get it. We renegotiated speed and carried on.

The Trekker
08/19/2013, Huacachina, Peru

Sorry for all the posts of the same location. Maybe someday I'll learn the tedious task of multiple images per post.

Having done plenty of snowboarding back in Vermont, we would have been very interested to board down the dunes, but not today. Today we stopped for photo op's instead. While Bill chatted with the "boys" about dune creation and maintenance Isobel and I went to take pictures. Actually, I took pictures and Isobel took off. She was clearly drawn to hike up farther into the dunes and didn't request any company. I need to add that she started the day saying she couldn't stand up out of bed because her knee hurt and had to be carried to breakfast.

Off she trekked, never looking back until when she was quite far away she turned around and called to me, "Mama, if you can't see me anymore follow my footsteps..."

08/22/2013 | Alan & Nancy
sounds magical! Just love Isobel's quote. ;-)
08/23/2013 | Uncle Readie
Clever girl, my grand-niece (and niece)!

I need to dig up that photo of you boarding the dunes at Lancelin north of Perth twenty years ago. Give me a day or so.

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