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Old 05-26-2014, 09:57 PM   #1481
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Went to Louisiana for a 4 day get-away, it was a profitable trip. Won enough to get my driveway repaved, buy a TV, get the sprinkler fix, put some in savings, make a charitable donation and have money for my next trip. I won't need to touch my savings, yay!


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We are going to Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Phoenix, Tuscon, and Las Cruces in October....very excited as this is also a scouting trip to find our new home in the next 3 years
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Old 05-29-2014, 11:39 AM   #1483
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Went to Louisiana for a 4 day get-away, it was a profitable trip. Won enough to get my driveway repaved, buy a TV, get the sprinkler fix, put some in savings, make a charitable donation and have money for my next trip. I won't need to touch my savings, yay!


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Old 05-29-2014, 08:45 PM   #1484
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Will you please elaborate on your secret gambling tactics?
Pure luck! My "hobby" is part of my budget and funded after bills, savings etc. I took a big chance this time and played a slot that had multi-denominations, $5, $10, $25. I stuck with the $5 and occasionally went for the $10 and in error hit the $25 bet and won both times. I usually play penny machines so my money will last, as this is only entertainment for me. I don't expect to win. Luck, much appreciated luck. A turtle walked on the wet cement today, and the TV is in place.


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Old 05-30-2014, 06:46 AM   #1485
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We are going tomstay in Point Arena, CA in July. I would appreciate any suggestions anyone has about what to see, do, eat, etc.
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Heading back to West Vancouver today for some relief from the heat. Right now it is 86 and 85 on our patio at 7:30 before the sun rises.
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... A turtle walked on the wet cement today...
Has that turtle been turned into soup yet?
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Has that turtle been turned into soup yet?
LOL, no I had it relocated instead of repurposed. :-)
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We are taking an Alaskan cruise and Canadian Rockies rail tour in July. I'm so looking forward to this for many reasons. When I get back I will have less than 2 months to go until ER!
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DW wants to visit each of the states after she retires. I'm planning a circle Lake Michigan tour for starters, with most the time spent in Mackinac Island and Door County, Wi
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We are considering a trip to Machu Picchu and The Galapagos Islands in November. They are both bucket list items. Any comments?
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Machu picchu is great but I wouldn't do the hike on the inca trail if you are short of time or you are not in good shape and prepared for some fairly strenuous days.
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We are considering a trip to Machu Picchu and The Galapagos Islands in November. They are both bucket list items. Any comments?
I am seriously jealous of the Galapagos trip which is definitely a bucket item for me.

Machu Picchu frightens me since I have experience altitude sickness in the Colorado Rockies.

You did say: Any comments?

Seriously, one comment that I have heard repeatedly: Do not try to combine a Galapagos trip with anything else to save time / money.
  • You run the risk of being too tired to fully enjoy everything if you try and cram too much into a short time.
  • Traveling in Peru and Ecuador still seems to be more challenging than in Mexico.
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I am wishing you safe and enjoyable travels.
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We are considering a trip to Machu Picchu and The Galapagos Islands in November. They are both bucket list items. Any comments?
This is our next adventure travel plan, it has been said to do MP first, and than GI, most GI travel is on a ship/yacht and may be a little less strenuous. A friend just did it last month, since we hike at 8000 ft and live at 4500 ft, he felt like it would be no big deal for us.
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Thanks for the feedback. The MP portion involves taking the train from Cusco. But I am concerned about the altitude. I have a touch of COPD and I did get tried easily in Guanajuato (7000 feet). I do hike regularly for 5km and have climbed 320 meters on some of the walks. But those are all sea level. I know there are pills for altitude sickness. I did get altitude sickness in Big Sky and on a plane so I am not immune.
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We are considering a trip to Machu Picchu and The Galapagos Islands in November. They are both bucket list items. Any comments?
Both are amazing! November could be iffy (weather wise), but there are certainly less tourists. If you have trouble with altitudes than when you get off the plane in Cusco head directly to the Sacred Valley to overnight and hit Cusco on the way back, when you have had a chance to acclimatize.
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My wife and I did MP a couple years ago. A few days in Cusco, followed by a couple of nights at the Tambo Del Inca hotel in Urubamba. The Tambo was a major splurge, but man, it was transplendant AND it had it's own railway station for the trip to Aguas Calientes at the foot of MP. I too was concerned about the elevation, but with the help of coca tea I didn't find it bad at all. A top 5 trip for sure.
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It is the beginning of winter here in Lima and summer in the Andes. A few years ago we took the train to Huancayo and next month we are celebrating Independence day by going to the high jungle. We plan to visit with friends in Oxapampa (have a Dairy farm) and then head a few hours further into the jungle to see the Tyrolean community Prusia-Pozuzo. Several hours hike further in a friend who went back to Maryland has a Coffee plantation that he wants to unload cheap and I may buy it to produce Coffee for a joint I am thinking about opening in the States.
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No suggestions on Machu Picchu but it's on my bucket list too.

As for my big travel plans, we're heading out on a month-long 2300 mile road trip from Raleigh, NC to Canada and back.
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We just came back from Portland, Or and loved it.

Going to NYC next weekend again, then its Washington DC on the 4th of july, Dubai/India in August, san francisco in September, potentially vegas also in september, new orleans in october and then india again in november.

Most of these are weekend + 1 day trips except for the intl ones which are about a week each.
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