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River Watching Rio Tomebamba - Cuenca, Ecuador

River Watching Rio Tomebamba - Cuenca, Ecuador

Our dad liked fishing. His dad liked fishing. So, sons and grandsons like fishing too. The Rio Tomebamba bubbles up memories of trout streams in New Mexico, the Pecos and Jemez in particular. It also reminds me of the Conejos River in southern Colorado, or the Gila...

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Fishing from the pier in San Pedro Town Didn't catch a thing

Fishing from the pier in San Pedro Town Didn't catch a thing

This pier is at the end of the Perla Escondita Condos. With tomorrows departure looming, I find my Yo Yo, a bag of frozen shrimp, hooks and swivels and weights. It takes a minute to figure out how to cast. You unravel your line in little loops on the deck, gently pick...

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Hol Chan Snorkel Trip to Hol Chan Marine Reserve, Belize

Hol Chan Snorkel Trip to Hol Chan Marine Reserve, Belize

We start on a clear day, end in a driving rain, complete a two hour guided tour of the Hol Chan Marine Reserve, The fish are many, the coral reef is intact, and there have to be more snorkelers in this reserve than fish. I start my snorkel with ten fingers and ten...

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Captain Shark’s Going Fishing

Captain Shark’s Going Fishing

The ocean is a grocery store. At the end of piers, the tips of jutting land, on bridges or banks, in small boats and large, men shop for dinner. Early today three men are casting from the end of a pier at sunrise. They have been up all night and one lifts the top off...

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Shopping at  ” 99″ Chinese shopping

Shopping at ” 99″ Chinese shopping

If it crawls, slides, slips, flips,slithers, climbs, it is not safe. At "99", in Albuquerque, there are selections to fit Chinese tastes. Today, Ruby  has a taste for seafood, and, lifting up a black cloth, she goes after blue and white colored crabs that try to...

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Albuquerque Biopark Frolicking with the fish

Albuquerque Biopark Frolicking with the fish

  The Albuquerque Bio park is an oasis of water in the desert. There is an aquarium, rose gardens, a gift shop and museum, a restaurant, and a little train that blows its whistle as it takes kids on a sedate ride through the grounds. The Park has been here over...

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Fishing/Palo Duro Canyon Trout fishing in March

Fishing/Palo Duro Canyon Trout fishing in March

  Palo Duro Canyon cuts through Texas like a big spoon in a tub of ice cream at a church social. We load three poles, a tackle box, frozen corn, rubber worms and salmon eggs, and navigate three locked gates to get down to the prime fishing holes. There are some...

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Polo and Juanito Friends

Polo and Juanito Friends

  As our tour boat moves slowly through the water, paralleling Stone Island, we see mangroves form a wall to our east. We leave the marina and head north past large shrimp boats, tuna ships with miles of net piled on their decks, one of the largest fish canneries...

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Night Dolphins/On the Malecon Sunday night in Mazatlan

Night Dolphins/On the Malecon Sunday night in Mazatlan

On a tip from Pat, at seven thirty this evening, Alan and I pile into a pulmonia and tell the driver - "Dolphina's por favor ..." We are taken, for fifty pesos, to distant communication towers rising into the sky to the south of us. During the daytime these towers are...

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Jack Kerouac in Mazatlan On the road

Jack Kerouac in Mazatlan On the road

Back in the 1950's, after WW2, most people headed home to raise families. Men were tired of shooting bullets and women were tired of making them. Instead of killing humanity the focus became re-populating humanity. An era of big bands was coming to a halt...

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Gringo Lingo/Zona Dorado On the strip

Gringo Lingo/Zona Dorado On the strip

Hotels and restaurants dot both sides of the street that takes you from the Mazatlan historical center to the marina at the north end of town. If each hotel was represented on a map with a red pin, and each restaurant a blue pin, you would have a long and...

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A Fish Story/Rio Uruguay They don't all get away

A Fish Story/Rio Uruguay They don't all get away

The early bird gets the worm, and, the early fisherman gets the fish. One of the activities popular around Salto, according to TripAdvisor, is Dorado fishing. One of the guides that receives the best write ups is Gianni Juncal, who speaks English. All the reviews...

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