Author Archives: Mike


When last we left you (well over two months ago), we had just finished basking on the beaches of Ecuador and were preparing for the 30 hour trip back to Lima.  I’d love to tell you that we had a … Continue reading

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BBQ Party/Welcome Back: Fri., Aug. 17 @7:00

Hi All, As you probably know, Sarah and I are back in Portland.  The readjusment hasn’t really begun yet because we have spent the last month visiting friends and family and are now working our rearends off to get moved … Continue reading

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Haurez, Peru: Getting High the Raff Way in the Andes–June 16-21

After Machu Picchu, we spent an extra day in Cuzco sort of fiddling around, enjoying the variety of good restaurants available there, and getting ready to move on again.  It was a little bittersweet because Machu Picchu was the final … Continue reading

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Salkantay Trek: The (Incan) Road to Machu Picchu–June 8-11, 2012

With less than a month remaining in our “many moons,” the Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu was really our final big event before flying home to rejoin the daily grind of reality. Machu Picchu is one of those places that … Continue reading

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Colca Canyon: Cold Hot Springs, Warm Beds, and Mike Fights a Crazy Lady!–June 2-5

Having enjoyed Puno much more than we had expected, we said goodbye to Lake Titicaca on Saturday morning and began the long journey to the tiny village of Cabanaconde, at the head of Peru’s large Colca Canyon. We were hoping … Continue reading

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Getting High in the Andes (The Raff Way): Climbing Huyana Potosi–May 25-27

 While in Chalalan, we’d decided to attempt to climb 6,088 m Huyana Potosi; neither of us was in any kind of climbing shape, but the mountain charmed us when we flew by its upper portions last week, and so we … Continue reading

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La Paz: the World’s Highest Capital and the World’s Most Dangerous Road–M

When Sarah last left you, we had just finished our tour of the Uyuni Salar, one of our favorite experiences in South America.  Before moving on to La Paz, we decided to take a rest in Uyuni for a day, … Continue reading

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When Bolivia Is On Strike, It´s Good to Find Some Hippies–May 8-9

After our frustrating attempt to get a Bolivian visa in Salta last week, gaining entrance at the border proved to be much easier than we had expected, but we were not to know at the time that the border was … Continue reading

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Tilcara and the Painted Hills–May 5-7

By the time that we left Cafayete, we had been in South America for 40 days and had a really nice taste of Argentina and Patagonian Chile, but both Sarah and I agreed that it was time to make our … Continue reading

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Mendoza and Uspallata: Wine Country and the Andes–April 20-25

First, I apologize for such a generic title; I have  experienced a bit of writer’s block the past few days, so creativity is a little low here.  The days we spent in this area, on the other hand, were anything … Continue reading

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