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Preparation for Sailing with Cats to French Polynesia

Guard Cat “Happy” from Panama

Guard Cat “Swat” from Puerto Rico

Spring weather is an ideal time to sail from the US/Mexico Pacific Coast to the South Pacific. After a three-year delay due to the COVID pandemic, we are finally preparing to set sail for the South Pacific. Hopefully, it won’t be much longer.

We have two cats on board, Swat and Happy. John decided to keep Swat, who was born in 2013 in Puerto Rico, and Happy, who was born in 2020 in Panama. He loves cats more than anything. As for me, I think sailing around the world with pets is a bit nonsensical,

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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. As soon I get organized, we plan to sail to San Blas, then cross the Panama Canal, weather depending.

I am wishing you LOVE and PEACE. Also, happy MIND and BODY. Wherever I am, I am hoping our friendship grows continuously. Friends and families are my asset.

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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, Museum of Art, Gainesville, Florida, USA

Micanopy Museum, near Gainesville, Florida, USA (Micanopy is known for being the filming location of the 1991 romantic comedy, Doc Hollywood.)

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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, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Interesting Poster in CDC Museum, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

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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, was completed. Ryman became known as the ‘Carnegie Hall of the South.’”

Honky Tonk Central Bar, Three Stories of Live Music, Nashville, Tennessee, USA

Tootsies Orchid Lounge (Purple Building): “Famous early customers were Kris Kristofferson, Faron Young, Willie Nelson, Tom T. Hall,

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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. 

In Amarillo (Texas) KOA campground, I met a
history teacher from Philadelphia travelling with his motorcycle. I have
learned that talking to history major people is fun. He just started camping
going west, eventually visiting his friend’s house in Long Beach California.

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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. It was not easy hiking up the dunes (Elevation Gain: about 700 feet = 213 meters). The sun was brutal during midday. I didn’t bring enough water. I stopped and thought about quitting many times. Eventually reaching to the top of the dunes, I patted myself on the back.

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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, I drove to Keystone where my friend owns a rental vacation property. When my friend knew I was in the Rocky Mountains, she offered me her place to stay for free. As I am fond of a small town parade on the 4th of July Independence Day,

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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, 2019) Rocky Mountain National Park is my 17th National Park stop during this trip which started in March. In the park, driving on the “Trail Ridge Road” (the highest continuous paved highway in North America),

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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).” 

Sometimes, timing is the most important thing in life. It seems I visited South Dakota during the best time. It was just beautiful. Badlands National Park was a lot more than I expected. Driving a loop road,

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