Tag Archives: 2015

Volcanopalooza 2015: From Sky to Sea

Our last two volcano climbs took us from sky to sea. After leaving Berlin, we were up early once again to drive to Chonchagua Volcano. We met our guides and national police escorts and made our way to the base … Continue reading

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Volcanopalooza 2015: Expectations Lead to Expectations

The everyday practice is simply to develop complete acceptance and openness to all situations and emotions, and to all people, experiencing everything totally without reservations or blockages so that one never withdraws or centralizes into oneself. –Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche The … Continue reading

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Volcanopalooza 2015: Knock Knock, Whose There? Bonk. Bonk Who? Bonk on San Vicente!

Through an act of unmindfulness/not great computing practice, this is the second time I am writing this blog entry. Marian assures me it will be better for having to do it twice. I’m unconvinced but will try my best. Of … Continue reading

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Volcanopalooza: Christmas in a Former War Zone

The firecrackers and fireworks went full force on Christmas Eve until just after midnight. It was our first night in Sochitoto after a climb of El Salvador’s highest peak. As we sat beside the square waiting for dinner, we all … Continue reading

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Volcanopalooza 2015: Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas from El Salvador’s Highest Point

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas from El Salvador’s Highest point, El Pital. May your holiday festivities be filled with the joy of togetherness and filled with many high points. Today’s climb was not a volcano! This was our only non-volcano … Continue reading

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Volcanopalooza 2015: Llamatepec/Santa Ana (Dec. 23)

We had our earliest start yet this morning which helped us beat the heat as we climbed Llamatepec, also known as Santa Ana. It is El Salvador’s highest volcano at 2381 metres. The climb took us through three zones. We … Continue reading

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Check-in/OK message from El Pital

TA Latitude:14.38232 Longitude:-89.12759 GPS location Date/Time:12/24/2015 14:14:34 NST Message:TA and Marian are climbing 8 volcanoes in El Salvador! Click the link to see which one! Click the link below to see where I am located. http://fms.ws/SvD3j/14.38232N/89.12759W If the above link … Continue reading

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Check-in/OK message from Santa Ana

TA Latitude:13.84649 Longitude:-89.62766 GPS location Date/Time:12/23/2015 12:18:18 NST Message:TA and Marian are climbing 8 volcanoes in El Salvador! Click the link to see which one! Click the link below to see where I am located. http://fms.ws/StzAl/13.84649N/89.62766W If the above link … Continue reading

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Vocanopalooza 2015: Double Double

It’s true that when I look at a mountain or volcano from the bottom, my first thought is usually, “I can’t do that.” Today, when we first saw Izalco from the highway on the drive, that same thought rippled through … Continue reading

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Check-in/OK message from Izlaco

TA Latitude:13.81430 Longitude:-89.63171 GPS location Date/Time:12/22/2015 15:29:20 NST Message:TA and Marian are climbing 8 volcanoes in El Salvador! Click the link to see which one! Click the link below to see where I am located. http://fms.ws/Ss-SB/13.81430N/89.63171W If the above link … Continue reading

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Volcanapalooza 2015: Coffee and Hot Water

After ions of eruptions, the soil on the sides of some volcanoes becomes very fertile ground. When this fertile ground is combined with the proper altitude, it’s possible to grow coffee. El Salvador grows some of the world’s best coffee … Continue reading

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Visual Soliloquy #1218 The moment you are old enough to take the wheel, responsibility lies with you…

The moment you are old enough to take the wheel, responsibility lies with you. –J. K. Rowling

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Vocanopalooza 2015: Ataco’s Murals

Ataco, El Salvador is a common stop on the Ruta de las Flores. It’s cobble stone streets, coffee growing, and colourful murals make it a popular place to catch your breath. Let me share of few of the many murals … Continue reading

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Volcanopalooza 2015: Ruta de las Floras

One of the many joys of leaving behind a snowy white world (don’t get me wrong I love winter and white Christmas) for a more tropical clime, is the flowers! El Salvador has not disappointed us in this regard, especially … Continue reading

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Volcanopalooza 2015: Boqueron…The First Crater is the Deepest

Today’s volcano was called Boqueron…Big Mouth! Rather than starting our volcano climbing adventure with a climb, we started it with a big descent into Boqueron’s crater. Somewhat reminiscent of the “Bog Down in the Valley-O” song, the main crater has … Continue reading

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Volcanopalooza 2015: El Rosario

Iglesia El Rosario is a fine example of “What you see on the outside is not at all like what is on the inside.” This architectural wonder resembles a concrete bunker on the outside giving only the slightest hints of … Continue reading

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Vocanopalooza 2015: Stepping Out…and In

I often feel as though travel transports me back to toddlerhood. I must learn how to read, speak, and navigate an unfamiliar world. Sometimes I think it is a miracle that I venture out of my front door on Wood … Continue reading

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Visual Soliloquy #1217 Knowledge is an unending adventure at the edge of uncertainty…

Knowledge is an unending adventure at the edge of uncertainty. –Jacob Bronowski

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Check-in/OK message from San Salvador

Latitude:13.67661 Longitude:-89.24026 GPS location Date/Time:12/19/2015 10:55:58 NST Message:TA and Marian are climbing 8 volcanoes in El Salvador! Click the link to see which one! Click the link below to see where I am located. http://fms.ws/SpK11/13.67661N/89.24026W If the above link does … Continue reading

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Visual Soliloquy #1216 There is no end to education. It is not that you read a book, pass an examination, and finish with education. The whole of life, from the moment you are born to the moment you die, is a process of learning…

There is no end to education. It is not that you read a book, pass an examination, and finish with education. The whole of life, from the moment you are born to the moment you die, is a process of … Continue reading

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Visual Soliloquy #1215 Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success…

Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success. –Henry Ford

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Visual Soliloquy #1214 Difficulties should act as a tonic. They should spur us to greater exertion…

Difficulties should act as a tonic. They should spur us to greater exertion. –B. C. Forbes Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/keywords/exertion.html#3OpWlWKRilbAhHLO.99

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Visual Soliloquy #1213 Grief is in two parts. The first is loss. The second is the remaking of life…

Grief is in two parts. The first is loss. The second is the remaking of life. –Anne Roiphe

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Visual Soliloquy #1212 The big question is whether you are going to be able to say a hearty yes to your adventure…

The big question is whether you are going to be able to say a hearty yes to your adventure. –Joseph Campbell

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Visual Soliloquy #1211 Unexpected kindness is the most powerful, least costly, and most underrated agent of human change…

Unexpected kindness is the most powerful, least costly, and most underrated agent of human change. —Bob Kerrey

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Visual Soliloquy #1210 Rise above the storm and you will find the sunshine…

Rise above the storm and you will find the sunshine. ― Mario Fernández

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Visual Soliloquy #1209 You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children…

You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children. ― Madeleine L’Engle

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Visual Soliloquy #1208 May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view…

May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds. –Edward Abbey Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/keywords/view.html#Q0Hl8RxzbkCrfFKK.99

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Visual Soliloquy #1207 Do you think that I count the days? There is only one day left…

“Do you think that I count the days? There is only one day left, always starting over: it is given to us at dawn and taken away from us at dusk.” ― Jean-Paul Sartre

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Visual Soliloquy #1206 Music is the great uniter. An incredible force. Something that people who differ on everything and anything else can have in common…

Music is the great uniter. An incredible force. Something that people who differ on everything and anything else can have in common. ― Sarah Dessen

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Visual Soliloquy #1205 Hard is trying to rebuild yourself, piece by piece, with no instruction book, and no clue as to where all the important bits are supposed to go…

Hard is trying to rebuild yourself, piece by piece, with no instruction book, and no clue as to where all the important bits are supposed to go. ― Nick Hornby

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Visual Soliloquy #1204 Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding…

Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding. –Albert Einstein

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Visual Soliloquy #1203 It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit…

It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit. –Harry S Truman

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Visual Solioquy #1203 People sacrifice the present for the future. But life is available only in the present. That is why we should walk in such a way that every step can bring us to the here and the now…

People sacrifice the present for the future. But life is available only in the present. That is why we should walk in such a way that every step can bring us to the here and the now. –Thich Nhat Hanh

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Visual Soliloquy #1202 We must be willing to let go of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us…

We must be willing to let go of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us. – Joseph Campbell

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Visual Soliloquy #1201 Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.

Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better. –Samuel Beckett

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Visual Soliloquy #1200 Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time…

Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time. –Thomas Edison

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Visual Soliloquy #1199 When you have confidence, you can have a lot of fun. And when you have fun, you can do amazing things…

When you have confidence, you can have a lot of fun. And when you have fun, you can do amazing things. –Joe Namath

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Visual Soliloquy #1198 Owls hoot in B flat, cuckoos in D, but the water ousel sings in the voice of the stream…

Owls hoot in B flat, cuckoos in D, but the water ousel sings in the voice of the stream. She builds her nest back of the waterfalls so the water is a lullaby to the little ones. Must be where … Continue reading

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Visual Soliloquy #1197 The forest makes your heart gentle.You become one with it… No place for greed or anger there…

The forest makes your heart gentle. You become one with it…No place for greed or anger there. –Pha Pachak

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