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Places I'd like to go and places I'd like to return to, all great getaways.
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Tecpán Guatemala, Guatemala
Near the town of Tecpán in the western highlands of Guatemala are the ruins of Iximché. Perched on a hill some 7000 feet above sea level, this was the cool capital of the Kaqchikel Maya in the 15th and 16th centuries, at the time of the Spanish...
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Kula, HI 96790, USA
My mom promised me when I finished college that we'd take a trip to Hawaii where she claimed was the most amazing sunrises. I never finished, dropping out after 3 yrs. Besides being a bit disappointed, Hawaii on the back burner, time went on....
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Pipiwai Trail, Hawaii 96713, USA
This was part of the Pipiwai Trail on the eastern side of Maui. It was right at the end of the Hana Highway. From the highway, it was about a 2 mile hike up into the bamboo forest to reach Waimoku Falls, an enormous waterfall. The bamboo portion...
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3700 Wailea Alanui Dr, Wailea, HI 96753, USA
Now this is truly a place you never want to leave. The infinity edge pool at the Marriott in Wailea, Maui. The pool reached right out to the Pacific Ocean, and you almost felt as if you were in the ocean itself. Grab an umbrella drink, swim over...
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Alotau, Papua New Guinea
There is always something special about diving in PNG. The lack of crowds and abundant marine life. Here we were diving Fan Gardens of Alotoa. Just after this shot a hammerhead cruised past in the distance. Truly awesome!
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Gizo, Solomon Islands

There are 700 islands in the Solomons. After the tsunami of 2007 we helped a local family rebuild a cottage on their island that they had been renting out to the odd tourist that discovers this beautiful part of the world. It was their livelihood...

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Gizo, Solomon Islands
The Solomon Islands are pleasantly void of mass tourism. For those that make it here no doubt wonder why. Even better is discovering Oravae Cottage a tiny island with a quaint cottage and "penthouse" double bedroom annex. You're fed by the local...
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Melanesia
I hesitated before booking a resort in Fiji rather than running off to somewhere "local" to absorb the cultural part of Fiji, but I was happy to find that even my resort drew in bits of culture like this fern tree carved statue. These faces of...