Photo Focus – Ometepe’s Butterflies

The Isla de Ometepe (Ometepe Island) is magical. There is no better way to describe the island with two volcanoes that sits in the center of Lake Nicaragua. During our four night stay near the small village of Merida, on the inactive volcano side, I was mesmerized by the hundreds of gorgeous orange and black butterflies. When at home, one such butterfly …

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One Hour Up, One Minute Down—Volcano Boarding at Cerro Negro

The safety briefing sounded strangely familiar:  “When you are ready, you use your heels to stop.” “Can we pull this to help stop?” Grabbing the rope tied to the tip of the board. “No, if you pull on that you will go faster. If you go faster, you may tip over and fall very badly, …

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Jumping Off Rocks in the Somoto Canyon

Canyoning is, far and away, my favorite extreme activity. I first gave it a go in Austria in 2006, and the memory of floating on my back down a deep ravine with a slight mist falling from above is one that I think of fondly, nearly every day. I don’t have a single photo from …

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Sloth Hunting in the Reserva Natural Macizos de Peñas Blancas

I hunt for a lot of things. Skittles, for one. Street dogs to pet, for another. Bottomless mimosas, craft supplies, and outfits that can be both business and casual are additional examples. So when I say that I hunted for sloths inside one of Nicaragua’s best kept secrets, I’m obviously referring to an activity sans …

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Hanging On By A Thread

In April of 2013 I took part in a welcoming ceremony for Surin Project volunteers, lead by the local shaman. He and the mahouts each blessed us and marked the blessing with a string tied around the wrist, a symbol of good luck in the coming year. We were told that if a string fell …

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Photo Focus – Sunset Bubbles

Three weeks ago I hopped on two planes en route to Northern Washington to visit my dear friend. While my trips to see her are relatively consistent, this one was different; her mother had halted her cancer treatments and things were changing. Nearly four years had passed since Tricia was diagnosed with stage four brain …

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