The Lookout: El Mirador

The first snake I saw on this “snake-infested” trek was a False Coral Snake or maybe a Coral Snake or maybe a Milk Snake.  The only thing certain about this tiny, 1/2 diameter x 12″ long juvenile snake was it was a serpent (though I think it was a “plant”). The night before, as I walked…

Flores to Tintal, El Mirador Basin

Sun rays flooded through towering Cohune palms and bathed Lake Peten Itza in a muted apricot glow. Three hours and 62 rutted and muddy km later, Antonio and I arrived at Carmelita, his home village inhabited by 400 or so Itza Maya. Eladio, the muleteer, packed supplies, backpacks and duffels onto the four mules. We…

Into the jungle, El Peten, Guatemala

I’ve dreamed for many years about visiting El Mirador deep in the Guatemalan jungle. But dreams without action stay dreams so I decided to act on my BIG DREAM. I  SET a GOAL, made a plan, and TOOK ACTION. There are three ways to visit El Mirador: 1. Fly 45 minutes in a helicopter from Flores…

Award winning photography

Passing Through Official Opening last night January 11 6 -7:30 was a great success! Show & Sale at the PARROTT ART GALLERY Pinnacle Street Belleville continues until February 15, 2018.

Time to spare, go by air -Death Valley

  Day 2, Sunday: No communication from Air Canada.The AC rep had informed Mom that FedEx didn’t work on Sunday, but promised to request permission for same day service with an alternate delivery service for Sunday or same day service FedEx service on Monday. Mom emphasized that she’d only be at Death Valley for four days,…

Kids Against Hunger

Birgit Wartenberg, a member of the Rotary Club of Belleville and Chair of the Rotary Club’s Indigenous Peoples Partnership, organized a tremendously successful 4th Annual Packing Party to support Kids Against Hunger Canada at Loyalist College’s Shark Tank, Saturday November 05, 2016. Kids Against Hunger is a non-profit organization with a MISSION – to engage all Canadians, especially youth,…

Fire and Ice. Sand and Steam.

CHILE: FROM THE ATACAMA DESERT SOUTH, TO THE END OF THE WORLD. DAYS 8 – 14: IN PATAGONIA Day 8: Punta Arenas Just as in Santiago, we arranged for no one to meet us at the Punta Arenas Airport. Sometimes it’s much easier just to hail a cab – as we soon would discover. I’d enjoyed…