Trips » Photos of Wright Trips Around the World

Our grand adventure for 2014 started out simple enough, let’s go see Machu Picchu and photograph it for our monument collection. But then as trips in the Wright household usually go it didn’t end up that simple……

Red & Brad at Machu PicchuYou see I didn’t want to go see it the same way everyone else does. It just wouldn’t be us. So we found Mountain Lodges of Peru and their horseback riding option. While a beautiful adventure it was anything but simple or easy. Read Red’s blog for the scoop.

Of course that wasn’t the end of it. Since we were spending that much to get there we needed to see more. So as usual we contacted my good friend Jim Harlan owner of Uncommon Adventures. Jim suggested and put together an awesome itinerary that would take us from ocean, to desert, to jungle, to cities & ruins in the mountains. Three and a half weeks of constant adventure. Travel with us with these images and videos.

Nazca Desert

We started in the Nazca desert along the coast south of Lima. Trying local foods such as cuy and lechon al cilindro. In the desert are the famous Nazca lines. We took a brief overflight to see them. This involves hours of waiting for the weather to clear or not clear. We got lucky and at the last moment the sky cleared and we were off. See our desert and ocean photos here.

Guinea pig - very tasty!

Guinea pig – very tasty!

Red and Tapir

Red and Tapir

 

 

 

Next up was the jungle. I had no idea what to expect and oh man were we in for an adventure. It took two days from Cusco just to get to the lodge deep in the amazon. No power, some warm water and Red ended up with cockroaches in her hair waking her up. They call it eco-tourism I call it eco-terrorism. While we got to  see some cool things, such as the tapir and the macaws you see below, I’m not sure I would repeat. Read more about it and see the pictures on this page.

DSC_9787After the long journey back from the jungle to Cusco we got to explore and enjoy this beautiful city and the surrounding countryside and Inca ruins which are everywhere. We visited Ollantaytambo an Inca vestige that was a military, religious and agricultural center. Next stop was the agricultural terraces at Moray, built by the Incas in natural sinkholes on a limestone plateau overlooking the Urubamba valley. We also got to meet some wonderful people. Some from far away and some like this adorable little girl and her puppies right at their homes – see the video below. And then there were the turkeys. 🙂

See more of Cusco, the surrounding area and our adventures here.

 

DSC_9830The last segment of our trip was the one that started the planning – a week on horseback over the Andes and to Machu Picchu. A difficult trek it was peaking out at over 4600m in altitude over 5 days of riding and a full day of hiking. We had the most gorgeous weather and amazing, beautiful scenery!

Seeing Machu Picchu, at first from 4 km away from another mountain top and then from inside at dawn was an impressive experience. It truly is an amazing place!  We had the opportunity to stay at the Belmond Sanctuary Hotel right at the ruins. This is a seriously impressive hotel with access unlike any other. It’s not cheap but it’s worth it and the customer service is stellar.

See a selection of our images from this last section of the trip here.

Overall an amazing trip, a fascinating country, great people, good food and fantastic scenery! Well worth the visit!

 

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Many people no longer remember the events of 1946 in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, at Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands. At the time it was big news, so big in fact that a fashion designer who created a new bathing suit for women named that new creation the bikini because the name was in the news so much.

What was going on was Operation Crossroads – the United States was going to show off it’s nuclear power to the world. In this beautiful paradise they removed an entire people from their home, stripped the island and all the coral in the lagoon and brought in 97 ships. Then with press and dignitaries from around the world on observation ships outside the lagoon they dropped the Able bomb on the lagoon.  A 21 kiloton nuclear weapon. Almost a month later they set off Baker another 21 kiloton nuke underwater.bikiniOver time 28 nuclear tests were done at Bikini. The island remains uninhabitable with it’s people scattered to other atolls. However the radiation levels drop to a point where we could go to the island and dive the wrecks of Operation Crossroads but still can’t eat anything that grows there. If you want to learn more I’d suggest starting here and reading “For the Good of Mankind” and “The Bomb”.

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Those ships make Bikini Atoll one of the most amazing wreck diving locations in the world! Two battleships including the HIJMS Nagato (flagship of the Japanese fleet that attacked Pearl Harbor Dec 7th, 1941), the USS Saratoga aircraft carrier, subs, destroyers and more are easily accessible with gin clear visibility, no current and 86 F water. I’ve done this trip twice, once in 2005 when there was an operation on the island and now in 2014 with Pete Mesley and his Lust4Rust operation on a liveaboard dive boat. Checkout the images from this trip!!

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Living in the Pacific Northwest has it’s advantages. One of those is when it’s a beautiful day it’s really spectacular!  We got just such a day for the Joint Base Lewis McChord airshow in 2012.

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We got to see some amazing air craft and spend the day in the sunlight.  This also allowed us to test our new cameras I purchased for our Africa trip.  Red was testing her new Nikon D3200 with Tamron 18-270mm zoon. I was breaking in my  amazing Nikon D800.  See the rest of the images here.

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Also referred to as Socorro this small collection of islands 200 miles south of Cabo, Mexico is a diving paradise for big fish action.  Coming up from 11,000′ to the surface in the open ocean it forms an oasis for the big life to come to.  Sharks, whale sharks, dolphins, whales and especially manta rays frequent these islands.

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Reachable only by live aboard dive boats I choose the Nautilus Explorer for this trip.  An excellent operation with one of the very best crews I’ve ever come across, they provided a great experience and some wonderful diving.  They also supported my Titan CCR (rebreather) very well, and better than most.

BWW_6454The manta action at Socorro is non-stop with some special sites such as The Boiler being the best of all.  Mantas are in the shark family but are some of the youngest members.  We now believe them to be warm blooded and have very large brains.  I do have to say that in interacting with them they exhibit a large amount of intelligence and curiosity.

 

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A lot of other life also calls these islands home and can be seen in abundance.  It’s well worth the trip!

 

 

Please take the journey with me and enjoy some of the photos from my recent trip!  SEE MORE HERE

Remember that you can now order custom sized printed images, framed too if you’d like, all signed by the artist.  Learn more here.

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This past year I ventured into a new chapter of diving – closed circuit rebreather (CCR) diving. This sort of equipment allows me to be completely silent and bubbleless while diving allowing for amazing interactions with the fish life as well as allowing for deeper and longer dives.   Once I entered this community new opportunities opened up for me and one of them was joining an entire boat of CCR divers to go to the Galapagos Islands.

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 These are magical places!  The density and variety of the fish life is astounding.  And the density of the sharks is unique!  Come share this amazing underwater world with me here!  With the rebreather the interactions are close and impressive!

BWW_5969We also got the chance to visit some of the unique land animals as well.  Check it out.

 

 

 

 

 

 

On my way I also made a stop at Quito Ecuador and spent a day experiencing the old town of this city.  Definitely a neat place that deserves more time in the future.  A day worth of images here.

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