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Joined Gym Membership in Santa Marta

Rumba Class (Instuctor: Luis Marrugo) at Santa Marta Fitness Center, Colombia

My recent hobby is going to the gym; because, a work-out makes me feel good. While staying in Santa Marta, I decided to join the fitness center. A temporary membership cost about USD 25 (= 80,000 Pesos for 15 uses in two months ).

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Very Windy Santa Marta, Colombia

Wind blows plastics bags uphill to get stuck in the brush.

It has been extremely windy in Santa Marta, blowing easily 30 to 40 knots at the marina for a week now. Sometimes, almost to 50 knots. Definitely not smart walking with a dog or a kid. When I was in 2015,

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Drinking Water, Fruits and Vegetables in Santa Marta

Plastic bags of drinking water are economical.

The Central Market in Santa Marta is busy and alive. Fruits and Vegetables are real tasty here. Tomatoes taste like tomatoes and Pineapple melts in your mouth. We have been eating lots of fruits. Making a big jar of Salsa with fresh Cilantro,

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Welcome Aboard, Santa Marta, Colombia Part Dos


S/V Bad Bunny at Santa Marta Marina, Colombia

I am back on the boat. Good or bad, I chose to live this way. Some challenges and some incredible experiences. During my absence on the boat, John’s Spanish skills improved greatly. We lost one cat, and now have only the other cat,

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Year 2020 – Wishing You LOVE and PEACE


Leaving Fort Lauderdale Airport on January 1st, 2020.

(January 1, 2020) New Decade, I started a new chapter in my life today. Fort Lauderdale Airport was quiet on New Year’s Day: one way ticket to Santa Marta via Bogota, Colombia. John’s sailboat (in Santa Marta) has been waiting for me.

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Pictures from Gainesville Area in Florida

Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park, near Gainesville, Florida, USA (*There are Buffalos here.)

Campground in Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park, near Gainesville, Florida, USA

Florida Museum of Natural History, Gainesville, Florida, USA

Display of Shells, Florida Museum, Gainesville, Florida, USA

Museum of Art, Gainesville, Florida, USA

Korean Art Room,

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Pictures from Atlanta, Georgia

Streetcar (Fare: $1, One Day Pass: $3), Atlanta Georgia, USA

MARTA (Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority) Train, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Centennial Olympic Park Music Fountain, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Wall Display in CDC Museum in Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Headquarter,

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Pictures from the Music City, Nashville, Tennessee

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Nashville, Tennessee, USA

(July 15 to 17, 2019) “History buffs, music lovers and foodies alike… There is something for everyone in Tennessee’s capital city.

Nashville’s music history began in the 1820s with hymnal publishing. In 1892, THE RYMAN AUDITORIUM, originally named the Union Gospel Tabernacle,

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Driving and Sightseeing Places in Texas, Oklahoma to Hot Springs National Park in Arkansas

Free Round Trip Limousine Ride from KOA Campground to “The Big Texan Steak Restaurant”, Amarillo, Texas, USA

(July 10
– 15, 2019) After Leaving the National Parks in Colorado, I drove about 7 to 8
hours daily going east. Each night, I found a KOA campground for a shower and
slept in my own tent. 

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Hiking Dunes at Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado

Picture at Top of the Dunes, Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado, USA

(July 9 – 10, 2019) The Great Sand Dunes National park which is surrounded by mountains and streams were not what I expected or could even imagine. Experiencing crossing the Medano Creek and hiking the dunes were well worth visiting this park.

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Staying at Friend’s Property in Keystone Colorado – Perfect Weather in July

People Enjoying a Music Performance at Keystone Overlook Summit (11,640 feet above sea level=3,548 meters), Colorado, USA

(July 1 – 9, 2019) There are two seasons in Colorado: 4th of July and winter, someone told me. “If you visit Colorado in summer, you stay and in winter, you ski.”

After leaving the Rocky Mountains,

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Camping at Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado – Feeling Bigger and Stronger

Mushroom Rocks, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado, USA

Rocky Mountain High!

“…Now he walks in quiet solitude
The forests and the streams
Seeking grace in every step he takes
His sight has turned inside
Himself to try and understand
The serenity of a clear blue mountain lake…”

–by John Denver and Mike Taylor

(June 24 to July 1,

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Camping at Two National Parks in South Dakota – Badlands National Park and Wind Cave National Park

My Campsite (#1) at Cedar Pass Campground, Badlands National Park, South Dakota, USA

(June 20 – 24, 2019) Why it called “Badlands”? It says “French Trappers in the mid-1700s, frustrated by the land’s sharp peaks and crumbling rock, regarded the area as ‘les mauvaises terres’ (bad lands). The Lakota (a Native American Tribe) also began calling this place Mako sica (land bad).” 

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Visiting Theodore Roosevelt National Park – Camping at Town of Medora Campground

“I have always said I never would have been President if it had not been for my experiences in North Dakota.” – Theodore Roosevelt

Bison near a Parking Lot in Painted Canyon Overlook, Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota, USA

(June 19 – 20, 2019) Driving from the state of Montana to North Dakota was relaxing.

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Camping at Glacier National Park in Montana – “Crown of the Continent”

At Logan Pass, Glacier National Park, Montana, USA

(June 11 – 16, 2019) After leaving the Yellowstone North Entrance, I immediately arrived in the State of Montana. No sales taxes, wide straight roads, and flat agricultural prairies! There are about 1 million people living in Montana. Summer is beautiful.

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Camping at Yellowstone National Park – Becoming a Hard-Core Camper

Early Morning after Getting Snow at Night, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming/Idado/Montana, USA

(June 4 –
10, 2019) Humans and animals share equal status in Yellowstone National Park.
Bisons (Buffaloes) don’t mind walking in the campgrounds. Elks often walk by
the road. Some people say they have seen bears on the roads and wolves in the
valleys.  

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Camping at Grand Teton National Park – Be Bear Aware!

Cascade Canyon, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, USA

(May 29 – June 4, 2019) Just a decade ago, I visited Grand Teton National Park for a day of driving from one viewpoint to another to see as many places as humanly possible. The views of the Grand Teton Mountains and lakes have stayed vividly in my memory.

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Visiting Salt Lake City, Utah – Made a Decision to Continue Camping and Repaired Car

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir Performance, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

(May 19 –
29, 2019) When I left home back in March, I had one main goal for this trip.
That was visiting Joshua Tree National Park, Death Valley, and all of the
National Parks in Utah. I am grateful for mission accomplished.

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Camping at Canyonlands National Park – Arrived at 7 am to Get a First-Come First-Served

White Rim Trail, Canyonlands, Utah, USA

(May 14 – 19, 2019) After leaving
Moab at 6 am, I arrived at the “Island in the Sky Campground” in Canyonlands
National Park, Utah. This campground has 12 sites including one for the
disabled. They say that the early bird gets the worm,

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Sightseeing in Arches National Park – Busy Season in Moab

North Window, Arches National Park, Utah, USA

(May 13 – 14, 2019) People often call Arches National Park “Moab”. After visiting Arches National Park, I learned that Moab is a small town close by Arches and Canyonlands National Parks. Moab is known as “Utah’s Adventure Capital” to explore by OHV (Off-Highway Vehicle) such as ATV (All-Terrain Vehicles),

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