Santa Cruz and the botanical garden

There isn’t going to be much imagery of Santa Cruz despite me spending at least a week there. I am not sure how I don’t have a picture of the cathedral, nor a picture of the plaza de armas. I’ve searched… Perhaps it was the humidity and heat that had me lapsing on my photography. Still there are a few random shots that I collected while there. Most notably those of the botanical garden.     

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The Journey to Rurrenabaque

After my time in Amboro, it was time to continue the journey. I had gotten a feel for a more tropical environment and was interested in seeing more of it. A park called Madidi fit the bill. But first to get there. From Santa Cruz it is not the easiest journey. It would be an all night bus to Trinidad. Once in Trinidad, I was told that there would be no buses until the following day. I didn’t quite believe that so I continued to pester people and found one that would leave in the afternoon. Still, this was not exactly what I had hoped for so after eating some less than appetizing (a plate of shredded pig innards with yuca) I continued asking around. I was told that I could go to San Borja and then get transport to Rurrenabaque from there. I looked at my trusty maps app,…

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My Health Insurance Screw Up

So I thought I had things figured out beautifully when it came to my health insurance. I had purchased worldnomads travlers insurance which includes healthcare coverage provided you are 100 miles away from your primary residence. It is more of a catastrophic plan than a normal health care plan. It covers emergent events such as a broken leg, an appendix burst, etc. I ignorantly assumed this was sufficient coverage. While writing what I’ve learned about travelers insurance, I stopped and questioned this assumption. As you can tell from the foreshadowing words above, I have been in violation of the Affordable Care Act for 2014. Specifically the Minimum Essential Coverage provision. My travelers insurance plan did not meet the Minimum Essential Coverage standard. Great! What does that mean? It means I will have to pay a penalty for not having healthcare coverage during 2014. For 2014 that penalty is 1% of…

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Back Home

I am now back home and I am taking a pause from travel. A pause because I leave on 12/31/14 for Ushuaia, Argentina. The next leg of my trip will concentrate itself in South America and should last around 6 months. The plan is to work my way up the continent using Unesco World Heritage sites as a guiding mechanism. Obviously these sites are scattered throughout the continent but on my mental list is: Los Glaciares National Park, Cueva de las manos, Machu Picchu, Iguazu Falls, the Amazon Preserve, Salar de Uyuni, and the Galapagos. This by far is not a full list of things I want to see but I don’t think an exhaustive list would be any fun to read. I have spent my time running around seeing friends and family while back home. It has been one of the best things about being home. The second is…

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Day 143 – Olympic National Park Arrival

I woke up in a Walmart parking lot this morning eager to get to Olympic National Park. The weather was really bad today and I heard several weather advisories on the radio. I was pretty certain that meant that the ferry would not be running today. I was also unsure of its itinerary. I decided to loop back south east in the opposite direction back through Seattle to then begin to go north west. Once I got to Olympic National Park I realized I was too late to see a ranger regarding backcountry hiking so I drove around the park taking in the unique vegetation.   I waited until the sun set and found a pull off in the park to sleep. I was looking forward to a good nights sleep as yesterday my sleep quality was horrible and I was feeling a bit sick.

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