Adventures of Will-O-The-Wisp

A Good Traveler Has No Fixed Plans and Is Not Intent Upon Arriving! (tao)

25 September 2016 | Mull Island
01 May 2016
28 February 2016 | Galapagos
18 January 2016 | Near the equator!
18 September 2015 | Halifax, Nova Scotia
08 September 2015 | Newfoundland
23 August 2015 | Bar Harbor, ME
22 August 2015 | Newfoundland
24 July 2015 | Cuttingsville, VT
29 April 2015 | Key west
20 March 2015 | Coral Gables, FL
26 January 2015 | Underwater
19 January 2015 | South Beach
04 January 2015 | Currently in Fort Lauderdale
02 October 2014 | Washington DC
22 September 2014 | Oriental, NC
19 October 2013 | Mule Pond Road, Cameron
01 August 2013 | ICW
23 June 2013 | Isla Mujeras, Mexico
26 May 2013 | Isla Mujeras

Wales, Scotland and England

25 September 2016 | Mull Island
Honoree/cool and damp
Kilts, waterfalls, castles, flowers, ships, narrow roads and greenery all come to mind when reflecting on our drive through the UK. Stupendous scenery along cliff studded roads lined with lochs (lakes) are memories not soon forgotten. I am also in lamb shank, stew and chop heaven. Sheep are everywhere.

Forestry appears to be a huge industry with forests of spruce on most hillsides. We have marveled at how clean the landscape appears. Recycling is working, people are conscientious of their litter. So refreshing after spending a bit of time in South America where trash is abundant.

Apparently we have been lucky with the weather, only one day of rain that has kept us in and wishing for a fireplace. Enjoy the photos!

Mancora, Peru

01 May 2016
Honoree/beautiful weather
Living in Peru for six weeks has immersed us in the culture of the country. We marvel at the way they get things done with few electric tools. Most structures here in the resort town of Mancora on the northern coast are built of bamboo, palm fronds, slats of wood, and brick and mortar. Most concrete is mixed by hand, boards are cut with a hand saw, boats are rowed, and workers earn $10 for an eleven hour day. Let the pictures tell the story of life here in Peru.

The Galápagos Islands

28 February 2016 | Galapagos
I think Walt best described the diving by saying it is the Caribbean on steroids. In the Caribbean to see four long-snouted butterfly fish together was a sight. Today we saw hundreds in a group swim. What a thrill to see fish in such abundance. Literally a wall of cubera snappers were still against the outgoing current. Diving with a sea lion zooming by like a torpedo at 75 feet, another first. Yet the best was a school of hammerheads swimming overhead almost within touching distance. White tipped sharks and Galapagos sharks both very common. Off north Seymour Island the current was fun as well as the second dive around Isla Mosquera. Lots of diving sights close to Santa Cruz Island, so no need to take a large live aboard excursion for a week. We are taking our time, a break between diving days to explore the islands. Swimming with baby sea lions has been a highlight, as well as seeing the abundance of tropical fish. Thousands of razor surgeonfish, and thousands of blue and gold snappers are a sight to see holding a position against the current. Enjoy the photos!

Quito, Ecuador

18 January 2016 | Near the equator!
Honoree/4 seasons in a day in Quito
Spending some time in Ecuador, months in fact. Flew into Quito where we will live for the first month....our new way of traveling and exploring. Rented a condo that turned out to be quite lovely, just never know what you are getting when ordering on the Internet, but the reviews were all positive and we will certainly give another positive one. We are located a block from the trolley, a .25 ride will get you just about anywhere you want to go. In the other direction we can walk to the supermarket where Dorado is $4 a lb. so life is good and inexpensive.

Learned from our condo host and owner that she has to relinquish the use of her car one day a week to help cut down on the traffic problems in the city. Wondering how that would go over in the USA.

Spent Walt's birthday at the botanical garden where he photographed orchids and roses and was treated to seeing a long tailed hummingbird, but not quick enough to get the shot.

Enjoy the pictures in the gallery.

Calling all gardeners

18 September 2015 | Halifax, Nova Scotia
The Public Gardens in Halifax is a must see, especially the display of Dahlias. The Victorian garden was established in 1867 with traditional carpet beds, a Titantic replica on the pond, and currently two Toulouse geese. The entrance is graced with an imported gate from Scotland in 1890 with the words, E Mari Merces, wealth from the sea.

Puffins

08 September 2015 | Newfoundland
Still gorgeous in September
The puffins come to the rocky cliffs of Newfoundland to mate and breed. They build nests in the grassy tops of ledges, making the entry small so they are somewhat protected from their predators.
Feeding on small fish in the sea, their food source is close by. The puffin will live most of the year in the water following the migrating fish.
Vessel Name: Will-O-The-Wisp
Vessel Make/Model: 1970 Banjer Motor Sailor Ketch rig
Hailing Port: Carthage North Carolina
Crew: Honoree & Walt Cooper
About: Just a couple of free spirits seeing the world!
Extra: We will continue until it isn't fun any longer.....
Home Page: http://www.sailblogs.com/member/cooper
Will-O-The-Wisp's Photos - Main
The sights of Wales, Scotland and England
63 Photos
Created 25 September 2016
Living in a small resort town of Los Posidas just south of Mancora. It's beautiful beaches, fine resorts and restaurants attract the well to do Peruvians from Lima.
29 Photos
Created 1 May 2016
Diving, snorkeling, hiking, site seeing !
33 Photos
Created 6 March 2016
Botanical garden and teleferico
28 Photos
Created 18 January 2016
Put it on the bucket list!
28 Photos
Created 18 September 2015
Photos taken by Walt with his upgraded Canon 70D
13 Photos
Created 8 September 2015
10 Photos
Created 23 August 2015
Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland
25 Photos
Created 22 August 2015
Travels between New Hampshire and Vermont
18 Photos
Created 24 July 2015
Diving the Vandenberg wreck and touring the city.
21 Photos
Created 29 April 2015
Fairchild Botanical Garden, Coral Gables, FL
20 Photos
Created 20 March 2015
Snorkeling and diving in Bonaire.
23 Photos
Created 26 January 2015
Oh Miami!
20 Photos
Created 19 January 2015
Holidays along the intercoastal!
14 Photos
Created 4 January 2015
Washington DC
31 Photos
Created 2 October 2014
Family, grandkids, remodeling, and on the hard!
37 Photos
Created 22 September 2014
Painting, and creating
8 Photos
Created 19 October 2013
Rendering assistance in an emergency
6 Photos
Created 1 August 2013
9 Photos
Created 29 June 2013
Diving and visitors
11 Photos
Created 26 May 2013
The colors of the Mayans
10 Photos
Created 5 January 2013
Cacti
3 Photos
Created 26 October 2012
Still camping, but much warmer
10 Photos
Created 15 October 2012
The tenting experience!
78 Photos
Created 18 August 2012
Biking and hiking all along the way from NC to Alaska
7 Photos
Created 28 June 2012
A celebration of life.
1 Photo
Created 8 June 2012
All the creatures of the sea we have seen in Roatan.
35 Photos
Created 22 April 2012
Diving in West End during Easter
8 Photos
Created 11 April 2012
Walt's underwater photos
11 Photos
Created 24 March 2012
Fire in the hold
10 Photos
Created 19 January 2012
The Mayan mystery!
15 Photos
Created 15 January 2012
Southern France canal trip with friends
14 Photos
Created 19 November 2011
Arriving in Cannes, Monaco, and the villages of Grasse & Capris. Taking the 747 and not Will-O-the-Wisp[
13 Photos
Created 24 September 2011
Visibility 75 to 100; water temp 84; corals and creatures the best.
24 Photos
Created 7 June 2011
Leaving Panama headed to Honduras
30 Photos
Created 14 April 2011
Zip lining, Boquete, and hiking in Bocas Del Toro
14 Photos | 1 Sub-Album
Created 26 January 2011
Eating out!!!
8 Photos
Created 4 November 2010
40th Exeter High School Reunion
33 Photos
Created 14 September 2010
10 Photos
Created 12 August 2010
12 Photos
Created 15 July 2010
19 Photos
Created 3 July 2010
What a nice hike..
35 Photos
Created 23 June 2010
Costa Rica pic's
51 Photos
Created 19 June 2010
Peru Trek with our friends Scott & Heather
110 Photos
Created 19 June 2010
Bonaire Diving
63 Photos
Created 19 June 2010
Various Shots of old buildings and things.
53 Photos
Created 19 June 2010
Photos taken along the way!!
87 Photos
Created 11 June 2010
Our Boat!
5 Photos
Created 11 June 2010