Hummingbirds 101: The Basics of Backyard Birding

It's a Fact, Hummingbirds are Cool **We're getting ready to put out Hummingbird Feeder out for the spring...we expect to see the first bird in the next week or two. It has me thinking of birds, which means...I thought I'd perch on a different branch for this post...** BecauseItzThere is almost entirely a hiking blog, …

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Can Anyone Hike Colca Canyon and Misti?

Wrap Up: Colca Canyon and Misti Peru Adventure The question you may find yourself asking as you read these posts is, can I also do this stuff? My usual answer is - if we did it, why, sure you can, too! Sylvia and I are active and experienced hikers, but we are certainly not outdoor …

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The Wrath of the Volcano

Day 2: Misti Volcano The ‘day’ began with us being awakened by the guides hours before sunrise. The morning was cold and windy, wind chill well below freezing. This night had been a bizarre experience for us both. I was awakened at intervals gasping for breath, while Sylvia was simply cold, tired and hurting. The …

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Hitting the (3500 foot) Wall

Day 3 Colca Canyon There is no way out of Colca Canyon that does not involve walking. There is no vehicle road to the bottom, no helicopter service and no elevator. To escape you must climb the wall…either under your own power, or the on the back of a hired mule obliged to do it …

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The Deep Abode of the Rio Colca

Day 2 Colca Canyon I was awakened the next morning at 4:45 am by someone yelling outside the hostel. Figuring it was some local yelling at a stubborn burro or lost chicken, I dismissed it and went back to sleep. A couple hours later, it was time to rise for real and get breakfast. The …

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