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^^^ Your son does fantastic work.  Much envy here for your trip to Africa.

 

Thank you Warren. Yes my son started to get very serious about photography about 2-3 years ago. A gallery owner met my son at his printer and was so impressed by the quality of his work that he immediately offered him a large space in his gallery http://www.aliyaharts.com/artist/huot-patrick/ . He's a real photographer and like Laurin always says "You have to be ready to do the work" and he is unlike me who is a picture taking tourist.

 

I'm sure we will have a great trip in Africa and I wish you a similar trip in the near future.

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Your wife has great taste. I drove across Newfoundland last year. I didn't go to Fogo Island but I went to Twillingate just to the west. The scenery is amazing and if you go in June or July you will see a lot of icebergs. The people are very friendly (remember 9/11 when all the planes stopped in Newfoundland).

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Machu Picchu. My sister and cousin have wanted to do the Inca trail for a few years now. Not sure it will happen that way as we all are starting to get the aches and pains age brings on.

 

I went to Machu Picchu a few years ago but I went the easy way by train. One think to remember is that you start from Cusco at 11,200 feet in altitude and you even go up to 13,796 feet on the trail and many people will experience some degree of acute mountain sickness (AMS). It doesn't affect everybody but it can affect even the fittest person.

 

I usually walk quite fast but when we landed in Cusco, I took around 20 steps before feeling the shortness of breath. Hope you can make it, it's an amazing site.

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Thank you Warren. Yes my son started to get very serious about photography about 2-3 years ago. A gallery owner met my son at his printer and was so impressed by the quality of his work that he immediately offered him a large space in his gallery http://www.aliyaharts.com/artist/huot-patrick/ . He's a real photographer and like Laurin always says "You have to be ready to do the work" and he is unlike me who is a picture taking tourist.

 

I'm sure we will have a great trip in Africa and I wish you a similar trip in the near future.

Just returned from a nice trip in your "neck of the woods."  We spent two weeks touring Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.

Africa is off the table.  Illness has restricted us to "drive by" vacations.   :(

We did see parts of Northern Africa ... back in the day.

enjoy

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For me, African safari, cruising the Galapagos Islands and trekking to Everest. Have been very lucky to have done all 3, plus loads more besides. Took a camera for all, but would get better pictures now!

Been very lucky to see some amazing sights, many times without a camera, but can still remember them vividly. Like standing outside on a very cold afternoon, in the pitch black, huskies all around us, watching the northern lights over Lapland. Or climbing to the roof of a restaurant in the middle of nowhere up a mountain in Nepal, just to see the sunrise. Or seeing the Taj Mahal. Or visiting the Killing Fields of Cambodia. I have been very lucky to travel lots.

 

Oh and my last remaining dream vacation? A trip to space.

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Well I got back last thursday morning from a 2.5 weeks long vacation in Las Vegas soooo been there, done that. May not go back for at least a couple of years.

 

I really want to go to Universal Studios, Florida, so I can get into the Harry Potter world. I know, stereotypical American vacation but I want to go at least once. =)

Really......Vegas.?

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Wow - a dream vacation.......what a fun thing to plan!

 

If budget and time were unlimited...........

 

My "best vacation ever" would be an 8 month trip to the arctic.  

 

The primary goal would be to photograph as much as the arctic wildlife as possible. 

 

I would need to be as mobile as possible, and the 6-8 months would be spent traversing the arctic from one end to the other.  Travel would need to be via helicopter, kayak, and possibly snow coaches and motorboats.  

 

Many fuel drops would have to be made in advance so that chopper fuel and boat fuel would be available all through the arctic.  Food and equipment drops would also have to be made in advance.

 

Many guides and outfitters would need to be employed, so that there would always be enough manpower to manage and fly the aircraft, set up camps in advance of my coming, scout for wildlife in advance of my coming, operate the kayaks and any other modes of transportation, etc, etc, etc.  

 

Also, I think a specialist would be necessary to work with the Canadian government to handle all of the legal necessities as far as getting special permits to travel and shoot in areas that are closed to public entry.  I may need a specialist to obtain an affiliation/liasion with NG or some other entity that would be able to gain special use permits that might be impossible for an individual to obtain on his/her own.

 

I would also like to do some underwater photography of the wildlife, so I would need a scuba diving instructor to be on hand, so that he/she could teach me to dive and get me tested and certified on location.  The underwater work would also require rental of camera housings, underwater strobes, and at least two assistants to manage the strobes down there while I manage the camera.

 

 

What would be the best thing you could bring back from that Dream Vacation?

 

The photos, of course!  My goal would be to bring back a massive collection of first-rate still images of arctic wildlife in a variety of seasons, habitats, and conditions.

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