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Central AmericaStarting from the Yucatan peninsula in Mexico and working ever southward towards Panama.

Blog - Central America Posts
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Cancun


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First stop on the overland route from Central America to South America? The Yucatan peninsula of Mexico and specifically Cancun.5 nights of decompression were welcome before setting out on backpacking adventures.

Blog - Fifth Corner of the World

20 files, last one added on Nov 16, 2009
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Playa del Carmen


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After a small vacation it was backpacking time, and though it wasn't part of the plan, my first stop was Playa Del Carmen. This proved to be a wise move not only because I loved it here but also because I met up with a friend from Saskatoon.

Blog - Don't Be A Playa Hate-ah

34 files, last one added on Nov 16, 2009
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Tulum


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A favourite stop of many, we used Tulum as a base to explore the ruins of Coba as well as, of course, Tulum. With terrible weather, however, it wasn't all that we'd hoped it would be. Still, Hurricane Ida was a great backdrop for photographing Tulum.

Blog - To Tulum

41 files, last one added on Nov 16, 2009
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Orange Walk


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The first stop in Belize did not auger well for the country. Orange Walk town was a bit dodgy (no, we didn't take that hotel on Slaughterhouse Lane) but the ruins at and boat trip to Lamanai were worth the bars over the windows.

Blog - The Run From Orange Walk

43 files, last one added on Nov 17, 2009
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Caye Caulker


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The best stop to date on this tour was the small island (or caye = quai = key) of Caye Caulker off the coast of Belize. SCUBA diving the Blue Hole and the amazing reef, a day at the beach (with sun!), and lobster everynight.

Blog - The Cayes to Belize

39 files, last one added on Nov 17, 2009
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San Ignacio


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A final stop in Belize, about 3 miles from the Guatemala border was a particularly serendipitous one. We wound up staying with an expat family (sort of) in a small village, visiting a Mayan burial cave, and the ruins across the street.

Blog - Don't Ignore Ignacio

45 files, last one added on Nov 22, 2009
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Flores & Tikal


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After hitching a ride across the border in Guatemala, Phil and I spent a couple days in Flores doing laundry, exploring the little island town-within-a-town, and most importantly, visiting the ancient Mayan metropolis of Tikal.

Blog - Guatemala in a Pickup

43 files, last one added on Nov 22, 2009
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Semuc Champey


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Without a doubt one of the best stops I will have made along the Pan American highway was the small village of Lanquin near Semuc Champey. Waterfalls, pools, tubing, caves, a cheap resort, great local characters, and a beautiful setting. Aside from skiing, I'm not sure what more a person could ask for?

Blog - Dieter Libre!

64 files, last one added on Nov 25, 2009
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Antigua


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At last, we arrived in Antigua, where I began my Spanish study in earnest. We spent a week here studying in this great little town, living with a family and immersing ourselves as much as possible in Spanish. On the weekend, a volcano climb, some markets, fun nightlife and a beautiful colonial town to explore.

Blog - 20 Hours to Great Spanish

78 files, last one added on Dec 07, 2009
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Lake Atitlan


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Lake Atitlan is a pretty famous mountain lake located, as it happens, directly on my travel path from Antigua to Xela. We stopped in the small lakeside village of San Pedro and admired the volcanoes and other towns also ringing the lakeside. And met up with a few old friends.

Blog - Atitlan: Green with Envyronmental Problems

40 files, last one added on Dec 09, 2009
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Xela


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Xela turned out to be a pleasant surprise and one of those places that you could lose weeks visiting and trying to see it all. It had a certain beguiling charm, like a European woman full of makeup: good from afar, but far from good.

Blog - Low light is a Xela's best friend.
Blog - Adios, Guate!

45 files, last one added on Dec 11, 2009
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Tajulmulco


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A two-day hike to the highest point in Central America, a dormant volcano that offers some pretty impressive views in every direction not to mention a great sunrise and exciting sunset.

Blog - Top of Central America

46 files, last one added on Dec 11, 2009
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Canadian ExpeditionA whirlwind two weeks making my way with the famed "Alabama Dan" from Vancouver to Calgary and hiking over 100 km along the way.

Blog - Canadian Expedition Posts
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Garibaldi


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I joined backpacker friend Dan Fritts (AKA Alabama Dan) for the Canadian portion of his American Expedition, backpacking, hiking, and camping from Vancouver to Calgary on a 2 week adventure.

Blog - Hiking Home From Vancouver

48 files, last one added on Oct 28, 2009
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Wells-Gray


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Our next major stop of note was Wells Gray Provincial Park, AKA Land of Waterfalls. Though we only scratched the surface of the park, it was plainly beautiful, remote, and a lot more rolling then the rest of our stops.

Blog - Hiking Home From Vancouver

14 files, last one added on Oct 28, 2009
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Mt Robson


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Our third major stop on the Canadian Expedition, Mt. Robson was also one of my favourites. We had stunning views of the Rockies' Tallest Mountain, hiked in to Berg Lake, got soaked in some amazing waterfalls, and gained enough elevation to give us a healthy perspective on the park. And a healthy appetite.

Blog - Mt Robson Revealed

38 files, last one added on Oct 28, 2009
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Jasper


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Although it might not be obvious in the photos, Jasper was one of our biggest stops on the Canadian Expedition. Although we were chased by thunderstorms and plagued by invisible lakes, it was also the first bear sighting and home to some amazing scenery.

Blog - Jasper: Summer Gold

34 files, last one added on Oct 28, 2009
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Icefields Parkway


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The drive from Jasper to Banff along the icefields parkway in considered to be among the most beautiful in the world and after having done many hours in many locales across the globe, I can vouch for this.

Blog - Lakes, Ice, Mountains, and Glaciers

35 files, last one added on Oct 28, 2009
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Lake Louise


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While everyone talks of Banff, some of the more rewarding hikes were in the vicinity of Lake Louise, not to mention several of the most beautiful lakes in the country. Dan and I spent a few days hiking and, of course, photographing here before heading to Yoho.

Blog - Lakes, Ice, Mountains, and Glaciers

42 files, last one added on Oct 28, 2009
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Yoho and Banff


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A little backtrack into BC for a beautiful hike known as the Iceline Trail, a stop at Emerald Lake, the Spiral Tunnels, and an attempt to triangulate the existence of fossil fields without a guide.

Blog - Yoho Ho and a Bottle at Home

38 files, last one added on Oct 28, 2009
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First Half of 2009Miscellaneous misadventures. Las Vegas, Chicago, Puerto Vallarta, Edmonton, Soccer, Biking, and more.
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Folkfest


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Ah, nothing caps a good Saskatchewan summer like a weekend at the Greek pavilion for Folkfest.

Blog - The Doldroms of 2009

23 files, last one added on Oct 28, 2009
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Summer


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A bunch of unsorted photos taken in the summer of '09. Dynamite Dean and the Formidable Pylons, golfing, biking, and so on. It may not have been a great summer but we took advantage of the nice days alright.

Blog - The Doldroms of 2009

76 files, last one added on Oct 28, 2009
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Edmonton


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I took a roadtrip with my sisters to Edmonton. In the cards: Shopping, waterpark, and not much else. It was only one night, after all...

Blog - The Doldroms of 2009

23 files, last one added on Oct 28, 2009
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Puerto Vallrata


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A week in the Mexican city of Puerto Vallarta living the resort life - at the resort my sister Larissa was working at (Hola Puerto Vallarta). Along for the ride, good friend John, sister Nicole, and her friend Janelle.

Blog - Viva Puerto Vallarta

71 files, last one added on Oct 27, 2009
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Water Polo


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A few shots taken during some intense water polo games.

Blog - Viva Puerto Vallarta

53 files, last one added on Oct 28, 2009
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Chicago


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A weekend trip to the windy city courtesy of the good people at Littelfuse, back when the job market was hot and the positions were plentiful. Even though I didn't get offered a spot with the company, it was great to finally visit one of the world's finest cities although a bit of heat wouldn't hurt it at all.

Blog - Project for a New American Year

28 files, last one added on Oct 28, 2009
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Las Vegas


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Dad took me down to Vegas for an event I've always wanted to attend: CES (Consumer Electronics Show). While there, yes, a bit of gambling, but also a trip to Arizona and Lake Havasu to look at houses and explore a bit of the countryside.

Blog - Project for a New American Year

48 files, last one added on Oct 28, 2009
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New Year's Eve


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The red carpet was rolled out at Specklebelly's and the paparazzi were there snapping photographs. By which I mean me, of course, wearing an old-timey hat and one of my Vietnamese suits. I'm not going to lie to you, this was a great party.

Blog - Recapping 2008

55 files, last one added on Oct 28, 2009
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Random files - 2009
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4 viewsDina, Mats' wife, cooks up some nice pork chops.
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16 viewsThe boat ride across Lake Atitlan to San Pedro from Panajachel was stunning - except for the sludge-green water. Ah, Cyanobacteria.
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Sunset20 viewsNot a bad little sunset from our room. The first day is over.
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13 viewsWe caught a ride to a little out-of-town restaurant with some friends of the family that owns it. On the way back, their son wanted to come see us off. We'd be back tomorrow.
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4 viewsPhil and Fran discuss something.
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9 viewsLooking out over the Pacific. None of my Caribbean photos turned out but you could also see Bocas del Toro.
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11 viewsMore pottery.
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Water Polo 1264 views

Last additions - 2009
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11 viewsDina and Mats wave goodbye as we have to take a speedboat to Capurgana for immigration and hotel.Feb 16, 2010
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17 viewsCapurgana - as far as we were going to make it that day, or for that matter, two days.Feb 16, 2010
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13 viewsAt last, Colombia is just off the bow.Feb 16, 2010
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13 viewsOur first stop in Colombia, though we didn't actually visit the town, Sapzurro.Feb 16, 2010
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16 viewsDay 5: Snacking on some watermelon a few hours sail from Colombia.Feb 16, 2010
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13 viewsAnd I also enjoyed the friendly dolphin games.Feb 16, 2010
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13 viewsThe last Central American sunset.Feb 16, 2010
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16 viewsIsla Pino, our last stop in San Blas.Feb 16, 2010