Machu Picchu Monday

It’s a cold Monday in Northwest Arizona today. There was snow on the ground this morning, and there are still patches of snow around the ranch. (See pics below the fold.)

So naturally, we’re dreaming of the tropics and Machu Picchu. Here’s a bird not the least intimidated by the tourists. As one drives through the Sacred Valley there are many waterfalls, and much wildlife especially birds. I’m not sure what this is…

Click to see the winter mountain pics…

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Christmas 2016 – Tarapoto, Peru (Plus – Snow in Arizona)

After a year of intense traveling related to our coffee business, we headed south as the cold winds of December began to blow in Northwest Arizona. Just today I saw on my Facebook page that the Hualapai mountains are covered with snow & Kingman, AZ awoke to a beautiful Colorado Rocky like display.

Meanwhile, it’s tropical hot and humid here in the cloud forest of the Andes & the beautiful City of the Palms, Tarapoto. As any self respecting city, Tarapoto has a pretty nice Plaza de Armas (town square) where every year is a Christmas display.

This year was no exception, but we were surprised at the amount of lights. The municipality did a great job this year. We’ll try and add some more pics in the next few days, but for now here’s a handful to give you a taste.

We hope that everyone has had an outstanding Christmas and that all are enjoying the holidays. For me, it’s a nice time to pull back on the throttle, and reflect on the year behind. May we all share in abundance in the New Year 2017.

First, let’s start with some snow…

Snow in the Mountains – Arizona

Snow in the Hualapai Mountains near Yucca, Az

Snow in the Hualapai Mountains near Yucca, Az (Photo: Jim Federico

Snow in the Hualapai Mountains above Kingman, Az (Photo: Kristi Rose Turman)


Now for a more tropical Christmas…


Nativity Scene, Plaza de Armas Tarapoto, Peru

Lighted Christmas Tree, Plaza de Armas Tarapoto, Peru

Tarapoto Christmas Lights 2016

Nativity Scene, Tarapoto, Peru 2016