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Open AI – DallE 2 Demo
Hiking Volcán Barú
Distance: 18.6 Miles / 29.23 Kilometers
Elevation Change: 5,639.764 Feet / 1,719 Meters
Punta Banco Baby Turtle Release 2021
Punta Banco is a village in Costa Rica where most people in the town are part of a turtle conservation project.
The turtles lay eggs on the beach and the eggs are subject to poaching and natural disaster. The conservation project takes the eggs off the beach and keeps them in a nursery. Once the eggs hatch, they put the baby turtles in buckets and return them to the ocean.
I like to take the new surf friends I meet down to Punta Banco so they can be a part of releasing the baby turtles to the ocean.
This morning we released 81 baby turtles into the Pacific Ocean. Here’s a clip:
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Guiengola, Oaxaca, Mexico – Exploring an Abandoned Archaeological Site
Guiengola is an archeological site a half hour north of Salina Cruz in the state of Oaxaca, Mexico. This is an adventure I randomly found while looking at maps on the internet. I don’t know anyone who has done this hike in the past and I couldn’t find any information about it outside the map on Google.
This was my favorite hike that I’ve done in Mexico. I especially like this hike because it’s abandoned. Mont Alban is an archaeological site like this. It’s very interesting, but very well known. At Mont Alban you will have many people selling you things and there are crowd controls which constrict your experience. This hike is not like that. It’s an abandoned archeological site. We didn’t see a single person while on the hike.
If you like that sort of thing and you’re in Oaxaca, you might want to give this adventure a try.
How to Hike to Guiengola
In order to get to the trailhead, we rented a car and drove down a moderately long dirt road. The car we rented was At the time of writing this, the internet maps did not show the actual last section of the road to get there.
You want to drive up that road until you get to the end. The end looks like this:
Above you can see the parking lot in the center and the trail head is on the far right.
- Hike distance = 3 miles
- Elevation gain = 700ft
- Difficulty is easy
It’s a good idea to go in the evening because this area of Mexico is especially hot. I sweated on this hike like a waterfall.
Thoughts on Exploring Guiengola
These archaeological sites are so old that no one really knows when they were built. It’s unlikely that there are people who could explain just exactly what these structures are for or what the people who lived in them actually did.
As I walk around this area, my appreciation for the shortness of human life is enhanced. Many of the structures could have once had large palapas or interesting wood work adorning the structures… but we don’t know. Everything turns to dust and in 2000 years. If you want to build something that will last a few thousand years, your best bet is to build a wall out of rocks.
Walking Around The City of Oaxaca
The Misleading C
In the USA, the water controls for showers and sinks often have C and H on them.
C = Cold
H = Hot
In Mexico, the water controls for showers and sinks often have C and F on them.
C = Caliente
F = Frio
Caliente means hot. Frio means cold.
The C is opposite.
The Big Cycle of the United States and the Dollar, Part 2 by Ray Dalio Read by Ian Robinson
This is part two (part one here) where I read an article by one of my favorite thinkers on global economics, Ray Dalio.
In this podcast, I simply read the second part of his meditations on the future of the US dollar and if the US can reverse what looks like it’s impending doom as an economic superpower.
Find Ray Dalio’s orignal post on Linkedin.
The Big Cycle of the United States and the Dollar, Part 1 by Ray Dalio Read by Ian Robinson
One of my favorite thinkers on global economics is Ray Dalio.
In this podcast, I simply read the first part of his meditations on the future of the US dollar.
Find Ray Dalio’s orignal post on Linkedin.
Driving to Sa Pa, Vietnam
In Vietnam, the excavators are everywhere. When people are demanding checks from the government for staying home in other countries, the people of Vietnam are earning a living off the land. They use the roads to dry goods and they seem to live off the things they create. This country has a brilliant future. It’s beautiful.
V stands with the steel steed.
This water fall was far away. It’s near one of the many dams on the way up the valley to Sa Pa.
Somewhere in the hills of Sa Pa.