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Birds (and more) from a brief trip to the Dominican Republic

In early June I flew to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, for a friend’s wedding at a resort on the coast north of the city. Naturally, despite the limited time there and the schedule for the wedding, I made some time for some bird photography, with little regard for the amount of photography equipment I had to haul along with me.

At the resort there was a small eco-park, which was well populated by native, wild birds. These birds being accustomed to human presence, getting these photos was not especially challenging, but it was certainly fun!

Click on the photos if you want to view them in fullscreen (and use the arrow keys to move through them).

Antillean mangos were around if you paid attention, but there weren’t all that many flowering plants around, so I only saw a few:

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Screwed by a scummy charter company – Seascape Charters aka Go Baja Charters

As much fun as we had during the sailing trip in La Paz last January, there’s unfortunately been a dark cloud hanging over it. I really don’t like writing about negative stuff like this, but I’d prefer that others know what they are getting into before they charter with Seascape.

One of the things I like to do for charter companies after a charter is to send them a list of issues I’d noticed on the boat. It’s a courtesy, and the two other companies I’ve chartered with (Voyage in the BVIs and Ship Harbor Yachts in Anacortes, WA) have been quite pleased with getting this. As SHY said to me, they don’t spend as much time on the boats as folks who are chartering them for a week do, so they really appreciate being told.

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Video

Video: Sea of Cortez sailing trip

Here it is, finally!  This past weekend I took the time to sit down, figure out Adobe Premiere, and compile the video footage I took during my sailing trip in January into a video. This also marks the first upload to my new Wing on Wing YouTube channel. All of this was filmed on a GoPro Hero 4 Silver that I bought before the trip.

I learned quite a bit while making this, both about video editing and about how I can take better (and more usable) footage in the future. Thoughts and observations below the fold.

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Sailing the Sea of Cortez, January 9th-12th

Back in November, Davina (one of my closest friends) told me she had a companion fare on Alaska Airlines that she needed to use before it expired. “We should go to the tropics somewhere!” Between looking at airline prices and considering our activity options, one thing turned into another and within a few days we were inviting friends along and talking to charter companies about our bareboat options.

After a few false starts and some last-minute “oh crap, we can’t actually go on this” cancellations, we firmed up our crew list (me, Davina, Emily, Ben, Diana, and Shawna) and found a boat at the right price: s/v SeaScape, a 41′ Morgan “Out Island” ketch from SeaScape charters. It was an older boat, mid-70s (1976 I think), but the price was right and the charter company was happy to help us with transportation to and from the airport. Within a few more days we’d all purchased our tickets to San Jose del Cabo and arranged our ride from the SJD airport up to La Paz, a beautiful coastal city where the sailboat resided in one of La Paz’ marinas.

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