Travelogues

Spain | BC | Australia | Peru | China-Vietnam | Argentina | BC-Yukon | Thailand-Malaysia-Singapore | Central America | Himalayas | Patagonia
Here are my favorite trips. Each contains a travelogue with post, photos and galleries.

Frontera white hill townsSPAIN
Visited Madrid. Visited Andalusia including Seville, Frontera, Granada and Cordoba. Visited Catalonia including Barcelona and Costa Brava. Traveled through Aragon and Navarre. Visited the Basque Country. Visited Burgos, Salamanca and Segovia. Returned to Madrid and home.


BC_Road_TripBC Road Trip
Two month road trip through British Columbia including Vancouver Island, the Skeena and Nass River Valleys and Haida Gwaii. Fishing, camping, sightseeing and visiting aboriginal people.


australiaAustralia –Five week trip throughout Queensland, Australia. Visited the Great Barrier Reef from multiple locations. Flew to Sydney and then north to Cairns. Worked our way south, driving over 1,000 miles, stopping along the way to take boats to the outer reef and visiting different islands. Stops included Port Douglas, Magnetic Island, Heron Island, Noosa and Sydney.


PeruPeru –Eight week trip throughout Peru. Flew to Lima and then traveled throughout the Sacred Valley including Machu Picchu, Ollantaytambo, Urubamba and Cusco. Visited Puno and Aeriquipa. Flew north to Trujillo for ancient civilizations in Chiclayo, Cajamarca, Leyemabamba, and Chachapoyas. Went to Moyobamba, Yurimaguas and Iquitos. Stayed nine days in the Amazonian jungle.


Black Dragon PoolChina-Vietnam –Ten week trip to southwest China and Vietnam. Flew to Hong Kong and traveled west to Guangzhou, Lijiang, ShangriLa and Dali in Yunnan Province. Then south to Jinghong in the Xishuangbanna Region. Also, Kunming, Guilin, and Yangshuo. Traveled to Hanoi and Cat Bas Island in northern Vietnam and then south to Nha Thrang, Ninh Chu and Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon).


Argentina — I visited Buenos Aires and northern Patagonia for two months. I studied Spanish and visited tourist attractions for a month. Enjoyed New Year’s and the start of the Dakar Rally at the Obelisk. Then I traveled to the Patagonian Andes to fish for trout in the Rio Chimehuin and Rio Aluminé. I stayed in Junin de los Andes and Aluminé. I went to Lago Huechulafquen, and visited a Maupuche village high in the Andes.


BC-Yukon — I visited northern B.C. and the Yukon Territory for two months. I drove my 4Runner for 6,500 miles following the Alaskan Highway, the Dempster and returning on the Cassiar. I enjoyed lots of camping and fishing. I saw lakes, rivers, valleys, mountains, and glaciers. I spotted lots of wildlife: grizzly and black bear, moose, deer, lynx, red fox, arctic fox, bison, Stone sheep, mountain goat, bald eagle, golden eagle, least squirrel, arctic chipmunk, American beaver, mountain beaver, coyote, least weasel and Arctic hare. I caught Arctic grayling, lake trout, rainbow, bull trout, pink salmon and sockeye salmon.


southeastAsia — I visited ThailandMalaysia and Singapore in southeast Asia during January and February 2009. I spent a week in Singapore, four weeks in Thailand and three weeks in Malaysia. I alternated between touring cities and visiting island beaches. Singapore has good food and good museums. I toured Bangkok and western Thailand near Burma. In the south, I visited several islands (Ko Samui and Ko Taratao), crossed into Malaysia by sea, traveled by speed boat to Ko Lipe and Pulau Langkawi. I then visited Penang, Kuala Lampur, Pangkor, Melaka and Tioman. I returned to Singapore and from there flew home completing two months travel.


CentralAmerica–In early 2008, I traveled for ten weeks in Central America and visited: PanamaCosta RicaNicaraguaHonduras, and Guatemala. I flew to Panama City and worked my way north ultimately flying home from Guatemala City. I used “chicken” buses for transportation. And yes, there are chickens on the buses; but then basically everything is on the bus. I studied Spanish in Panama. Mayan ruins, indigenous villages, colonial cities, volcanoes, rain forests, beaches and tropical birds were the highlights. And my Spanish got better.


Himalayas–My Himalayan Adventure contains a two-month travelogue through China, Tibet, Nepal and India. This road journal contains postings and photos uploaded in the field during my trip to Asia during April to June 2007. Join me from Beijing to Delhi, Xi’an, the Tibetan grasslands, Lhasa, Mt. Everest Base Camp, Khatmandu and the Ganges. Posts include travel tips and descriptions of people, monasteries and mountains. My photo collections include the Great Wall, Terracota Warriors, Lhasa, Buddhist monasteries, Rishikesh, and Haridwar.


PatagoniaHere are the posts by country: Argentina and Chile. These contain fly fishing reports from the major rivers in Patagonia including Rio Chimehuin, Rio Rivadavia and Rio Gallegos. Posts include descriptions of flies, tackle, river conditions, insects, fishing tips and trout species. Fishing destinations include Bariloche, Junin de los Andes, Parque Los Alerces and Tierra del Fuego. My photo collections include Volcan Lanin, Torres del Paine, Perito Moreno, Ushuaia, and the Canal Beagle.


4 Responses to Travelogues

  1. Larry says:

    Another stunning travelogue (Australia). I really enjoyed the panaromic shots. Do you have a special camera/lens or do you use software to “glue” the shots together?

  2. Patrick says:

    Thanks, Larry. I use several techniques for panoramas. First, the one you taught me: take average exposure, put camera in manual mode. Then, I use Photoshop Merge to Panorama. I also have a wide angle lens and crop to panorama. I also use iPhone panorama and have fun with an app named PhotoSynth that stitches 360 on the fly.

  3. Judy Kappeler says:

    So glad to have found your website. I took some cookies up to your place last Christmas and was sad to learn that my wonderful neighbors had moved. It looks like you are on another of your exciting trips. I’d love to visit you and Dawn up river when you return, or in Eugene next time you visit. Other than this blog, I have no contact info for you. Best regards, Judy

  4. Patrick says:

    Thanks, Judy. Look forward to seeing you.

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