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Hiking Ventana Canyon — December 13, 2019   3 comments

Ventana Canyon-8-72Hiking Ventana Canyon — December 13, 2019 — Photo-Essay by Kenne

Ventana Canyon is one of several narrow canyons in the southern front range of the Santa Catalina Mountains north of Tucson, Arizona. This hike is usually scheduled each fall and spring by the Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalists, which involves crossing water over a dozen times.

— kenne

 

Sabino Canyon Friday Hike   3 comments

Up until the day before the Hutch’s Pool hike,

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He wasn’t sure he was going to do this SCVN Friday Hike.
It had been two years since he last hiked to Hutch’s Pool,
a combined eight miles up and back.

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This eight-mile hike usually starts at Stop 9 on the Shuttle route,
So hiking would provide his first opportunity to ride the new all-electric Suttle.

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Here the Sabino Canyon Trail intersects with the Phoneline Trail.

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The Sabino Canyon Trail winds along the east canyon ridge before 

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Opening into beautiful views of the upper canyon.

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Although it was a great day for a hike to Hutch’s Pool, he began to fall behind the hiking group.

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Frustrated by reoccurring joint issues, he decided to turn his back on the upper canyon,
starting the hike back to Shuttle Stop 9, then walking the remaining four miles on the Shuttle Road back to the Visitors Center. 

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In the end, he still did a combined hike/walk over eight miles on a beautiful sunny day in the Santa Catalina Mountains.

— kenne

Inn Of The Mountain Gods   2 comments

Last week we spent a couple of days in the Mescalero and Ruidoso, NM area.
While there we stayed at the Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino,
which is owned and operated by the Mescalero Apache Tribe.

Inn of The Mountain Gods-8-72The Mescalero Apache’s, Inn of the Mountain Gods, Mescalero, NM — Photo Essay by kenne

(Click on any of the images to see in a slideshow format.)

The is one God
looking down on us all.
We are all the children
of one God.
The sun, the darkness,
The winds are all
listening to what we
have to say.

— Geronimo

SCVN Elementary Program — Photo-Essay   Leave a comment

Thursday Elementary-72Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalists (SCVN) Photo-Essay
— Images by kenne

In every walk with nature
one receives far more than he seeks.

— John Muir

Saguaros On The Comeback Trail   1 comment

In September of 2011, I titled a post “Why Would Anyone Do This?” There were several Saguaro cactus that were vandalized on the Bear Canyon Trail in Sabino Canyon.

In August of 2015, I posted a follow-up photo-essay on the damaged cactus.

Recently I photograph the cactus that were damaged, again.

When I talk
about Sabino Canyon
I mean myself,
my home,
my state of mind.
Some don’t get what I say,
maybe it’s because
we don’t talk the same language.
All I can say to those I meet:
“Try and make it to Sabino Canyon.”

— kenne

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Mission San Xavier del Bac   1 comment

Ken & Mary Visit -- Mission-72Mission San Xavier del Bac — Image by kenne

Our good friends Ken and Mary Harris, from Porter, Texas have been our guest since Thursday,
which means we have an excuse to visit some of our favorite place in southern Arizona.
Above, Joy and Mary are standing on the walk in front of the Mission San Xavier del Bac.

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Isla del Sol, Lake Titicaca (Part-Three Of A Three-Part Series)   Leave a comment

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BoliviaBefore returning to Copacabana, we boarded our boat for a short ride to Puerto Yuman
where one of the island’s many ruins, a staircase up to the village of Yumani.

BoliviaAncient stairway with statues of Manco Capac and Mama Ocllo, the world’s first two Incas.

The Incas built 200 steps to aid in the climb to the top of the island.
The stairway also leads to a scared fountain said to be a fountain of youth.

BoliviaTy, Michael and Matt — Images by kenne

Because of our limited time and no transportation allowed on the island,
we missed out hiking the island trails and visiting
most of the ancient ruins and beautiful views from the top of the island.

— kenne

 

Isla del Sol, Lake Titicaca (Part-Two Of A Three-Part Series)   Leave a comment

BoliviaMichael is pointing to where most of the hotels and restaurants are on the Isla del Sol.
We docked for lunch in a cove just west of there.

BoliviaThe captain’s daughter helps tie the boat to the dock.

BoliviaLake Titicaca has 41 islands, some of which are densely populated.

Isla del Sol-23-72.jpgLunch on a deck overlooking Lake Titicaca.

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BoliviaView of Lake Titicaca — Images by kenne

 

 

 

 

 

 

La Morenada   1 comment

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When we arrived in Copacabana near the Basilica of Our Lady of Copacabana
we could hear a brass band playing in the Basilica’s plaza.
Clearly, on this sunny Saturday morning, a ceremony of some sort was taking place.

BoliviaOnce we were inside the plaza there were women and men of all ages
in very colorful customs dancing to the music.

Basilica of Our Lady of Copacabana-9-72.jpgThe dance is a traditional dance in Bolivia called La Morenada.
Anthropologists say the dance is a satire, inspired by the suffering of black slaves
who were brought to Bolivia to work in the Andean silver mines. 

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La Morenada is easily recognizable in a procession because it has various characteristics:

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There are many rattles and drums, groups of women are dressed
in polleras (multilayered skirts) with bowler hats,
while men wear costumes that supposedly represent barrels
and wear silver or black masks (Morenada means ‘black’).

The origin of La Morenada stems from Lake Titicaca,
based on 200/300-year-old cave paintings found there, depicting these dances.

Video and Images by kenne

 

Cholita Grandma –Photo-Essay   3 comments

Our next stop was Tiquina where we took a boat across to the peninsula that Copacabana is on.
Waiting for the boat I noticed a Cholita grandma who I pictorially followed to covered our crossing.

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Lower Lake Titicaca   Leave a comment

BoliviaWe continue on HWY #2 out of El Alto passing through Batalla.Road To Lake Titicaca-3-72.jpgSoon we begin to see parts of Lower Lake Titicaca.Lower Lake TiticacaLower Lake Titicaca. The lake is bordered by both Bolivia and Peru,
and from where we stood we could see Puno in Peru. BoliviaLower Lake Titicaca
BoliviaMichael shares some history and geography of Titicaca.BoliviaWe are standing at approximately 13,000 above sea level
where the high temperature
for this time of year is about 60 degrees.
Our next stop will be Tiquina where we will take a boat
across to the peninsula that Copacabana is on.
— Images by kenne

 

 

Return Flight To La Paz — Photo Essay   Leave a comment

Last Day On The River-33-72.jpgWe had a little time before going through airport security at the Rurrenabaque Airport.

BoliviaWe chose the shade tree outside, rather than waiting inside the terminal.

BoliviaOn the shuttle to the runway, Tom is entertaining the young women.

BoliviaWalking to the plane for our 30 minute flight over the Andes to La Paz.

BoliviaThe Andes are the longest continental mountain range in the world.
Images by kenne

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Posted September 18, 2019 by kenneturner in Bolivia, Information, La Paz, Photographic Essay

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Berraco del Madidi EcoCamp — A Photo-Essay   Leave a comment

BoliviaMatt, Tom and Ty climbing up from the Tuichi River

Berraco del Madidi EcoCamp is where we stayed our second night in Madidi National Park. This EcoCamp was founded by Pedro Macuapa, our Park advanture guide in 2007. Pedro’s vision is to use ecotourism as a mean to protect the fragile rainforest environment, employ community members, and preserve indigenous culture for future generations. 

BoliviaTom and I stayed in this tent under a ramada made of mahogany.

Berraco EcoCamp is located deeper than any other operator in the National Park, making it possible for guests to feel the real jungle, and not just to appreciate it from the edges. Our tent had two single beds with clean linens — not bad for sleeping in the jungle. 

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BoliviaPath to the communal toilets and showers.

We were within a short walk to communal toilets and showers. The water was not heated, so Tom had to take his first cold shower
— he claims. 

Tucihi Day 2 EcoCamp-4-72.jpgThe camp water tower.

After showering and putting on fresh clothes, we had dinner at the camp dining room. By then it was dark, perfect for our planned night walk into the jungle. The walk was 45 minutes to a watering area for animals. As we walked along the path, we came upon a coral snake that was approximately four feet. Our walk ended at the base of a high platform. After climbing up and turning off our lights, we sat listening to the jungle night. Every few minutes Pedro would shine a spotlight across the area below as huge bats crisscrossed before our eyes before turning off the light. This light show went on for about 30 minutes before we started our walk back to the camp.

BoliviaBreakfast before packing up for another day on the river.

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BoliviaLoading up the supply boat. Images by kenne

 

 

 

Day 2 — Fishing The Tuichi River In Madidi National Park   Leave a comment

BoliviaAfter a couple of hours on the river, we beached the rafts to do some fishing using the Tacana fishing method.

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BoliviaThe fishing line is on a board that is unwound, then tossed out into the water. The bait are small fish.
The Tacana do not bother with poles.

BoliviaTom and Matt have their lines in the water.

BoliviaSo far, no one is having any luck catching fish.

Pedro demonstrated the indigenous technique of fishing.

BoliviaMatt did have some success on our Day 3.

Fishing Day 2-2-72.jpgGood job Matt! — Images by kenne

 

 

Tuichi River Day 2, The Fog Begins To Lift   5 comments

Tuichi River Day 2-17-72.jpgWith the fog lifting, you can feel the jungle moving away.

BoliviaNow it’s Matt’s turn to take over the lead as Ty enjoys the competition.

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Tuichi River Day 2-21-72.jpgas Pedro’s uncle steers clear through the rough areas.

Tuichi River Day 2-23-72.jpgI keep the camera above my shoulders to capture a picture through the rapids.

BoliviaHere comes the sun!

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BoliviaMatt paddles 

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BoliviaA flock of parakeets are singing in the trees

Boliviaas three macaws make their own loud, screeching and squawking noise flying by.
— Images by kenne

 

 

 

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