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The Journey Ahead

The Journey Ahead

September 10th was one year since my husband’s (Randy) shocking double lung transplant. Randy was having some breathing issues, but his respiratory failures from August 2013 were shocking events that rocked our family and friends. He was critical for 3 months, on life support for 12 days. Our gratitude to the donor and his family is […]

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Fab Photos Friday: A Wrap Up of Isla de la Plata, Ecuador!

Filed in Adventures in Ecuador!, Adventures!, Diving Ecuador! by on September 19, 2014 2 Comments
Fab Photos Friday:  A Wrap Up of Isla de la Plata, Ecuador!

I have spent the last two weeks as a volunteer diver in Ecuador.  The diving here can be tough, and it is not easy to get out to the sites, either.  Luxury is not available in Puerto Lopez.  But I thought the boat was as comfortable as I could have hoped for, and the hotel […]

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Drama on the High Seas!

Drama on the High Seas!

Here I am, in Ecuador, on a volunteer dive trip, and it is drama after drama around here!  Isla de la Plata, Educador is one happening place! I have already blogged about the Humpback Whale we found entangled and could not save, so I won’t go into that.  (Not All Entanglements End Happily).  So let’s […]

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Not all Entanglements End Happily

Not all Entanglements End Happily

This post was posted on BLOGHER as well! Don’t you love seeing whale and animal rescues on YOUTUBE or tv or the news?  I know I do.  Like the one with the whale that was freed and thanked her saviors by giving them a breaching display for over an hour?  Not all of these stories […]

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Fabulous Photos Friday: Manta Madness in Ecuador!

Filed in Fabulous Photos Friday!, Travel by on September 12, 2014 2 Comments
Fabulous Photos Friday: Manta Madness in Ecuador!

I am in Puerto Lopez, Ecuador, volunteering with the Marine Megafauna Foundation, taking photographs of Manta Rays for Identification in order to discern manta behaviors and migrations. Four or five years ago I saw a documentary about the work Dr. Andrea Marshall was doing with manta rays, a species which was virtually unstudied.  She has discovered […]

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Double Lung Transplant, ONE YEAR!

Double Lung Transplant, ONE YEAR!

September 10th will be one year since my husband’s (Randy) shocking double lung transplant. Randy was having some breathing issues, but his respiratory failures from August 2013 were shocking events that rocked our family and friends. He was critical for 3 months, on life support for 12 days. Our gratitude to the donor and his […]

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Puerto Lopez and Isla de la Plata!

Puerto Lopez and Isla de la Plata!

The trip to Puerto Lopez was about 4 hours from Guayaquil, in a van filled with luggage and people.  Kind of bumpy too, but we made it, so no problema!  The hotel is nice and clean, with balconies overlooking the ocean.  There are also hammocks on the balconies, which is quite nice.  Upon arrival our […]

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Getting to Guayaquil (Ecuador)!

Getting to Guayaquil (Ecuador)!

In the past few weeks I have had serious doubts as to whether I was going to be able to make this trip!  I planned to come to Ecuador over a year ago with a scientific team and volunteers from Marine Megafauna Foundation, to help identify and conserve Manta Rays at Isla de la Plata, […]

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Fabulous Photos Friday under the Caribbean Sea!

Fabulous Photos Friday under the Caribbean Sea!

My last visit to Cozumel was wonderful. I spent it with friends, did yoga, and went diving and snorkeling A LOT.  Enjoy looking at the fabulous creatures and scenery you can see under the waves in the beautiful Mexican Caribbean! Hope you enjoyed today’s show and tell!  Some of these are not as appreciated as […]

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Artful Culinary Delights in Cozumel, Mexico!

Artful Culinary Delights in Cozumel, Mexico!

Fabulous food should be part of everyone’s vacation. Good food cannot be confused with fantastic food. In Cozumel, the restaurant to go to is La Cocay.  La Cocay means “dragonfly” in the Mayan language, but it’s food is distinctly Mediterranean. Here is some good news:  they have enlarged their menu! I confess that La Cocay is […]

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