Feb. 14 – Pleneau Island & Petermann Island

2014 can’t be any better, can it?

I recently got a promo e-mail  from one of my favorite bloggers, Michael Hyatt, about his new online course called “5 Days to Your Best Year Ever.” It looks great, but to be honest, when I read that title, my first response was not possible. It is very hard for me to imagine a year better than 2013 was for me; at least not for things I can control. If 2014 is even 80% as awesome as 2013, I will be terribly content. My wife’s gift to me – my trip to Antarctica was a huge part of my amazing year.

Over the next few days, I hope to post the last of my collection and talk about the end of my trip. In my last post I talked about the Lemaire Channel. I have to admit my memory is getting a little sketchy regarding the precise chronology of the trip (I was too gobsmacked and distracted to even write decent notes) but some memories that stuck with me include:

  • My first sighting of “Killer Whales” in the wild. It is rather ironic that I have lived  on the west coast of Canada for over 30 years now and have even paid to go whale watching, yet I had never seen an Orca in the wild

5 Things You Should Know About Visiting Cuba

CubaMay 14th is our 30th anniversary and I wanted to do something special for Sandra. So, little did she know, when I prepared the budget and talked to the bank about my Antarctica trip, I made sure that there was enough money included in the cash flow for a special gift for her.  Lord knows, she sacrificed a lot for my special year!

Cuba would not have been my first choice for a Spring Break vacation: no surfing; sketchy political implications of spending our tourist dollars. However, to say that Sandra loves 50’s American cars is an understatement. When we talked “places I want to see,” Cuba was always at the top of her bucket list. Old cars are part of the culture on this island nation like nowhere else in the world. The facts that the island is home to: