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54 Days at Sea — Exploring Ponta Delgada, Azores


Ponta Delgada, Azores

The passengers and crew of MS Prinsendam were five days away from our next port of, so Ursula and I were out taking advantage of our last walk on land until then.

Ponta Delgada, Azores

Fortunately, Ponta Delgada is a great walking city offering much to see and photograph. For instance, here’s a great street view:

Ponta Delgada, Azores

At one point we strolled along the shoreline:

Ponta Delgada, Azores

We also enjoyed the historic buildings and squares in the city center (baixa, or ‘lower town’):

Ponta Delgada, Azores

Now for some architectural shots:

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Ecuador — The Amazon River Basin and la Casa del Suizo


Rio Napo overlook at Casa del Suizo

Passing down into the Amazon Basin we left Highway 30 and headed north on Highway 45 (Troncal Amazónica—Amazon Trunk). Turning onto 436 just south of Tena we headed west along the Rio Napo until the road ran out. But our trip this day was not yet over. We still had a ways to go to our lodgings for the night. So, into the river boats we went for the final leg on this Amazon tributary.

Riding the Rio Napo to our lodgings

It took several boats to accommodate our group.

Rio Napo, a tributary to the Amazon

Our destination for the day was a marvelous resort built by a gentleman originally from Interlaken, Switzerland — Arnold “Beni” Ammeter. This is la Casa del Suizo Rainforest Eco-Lodge, where we lazed about in the pavilion while our rooms were assigned and our dinners readied.

Casa del Suizo pavilion and bar

La Casa del Suizo pavilion and bar

While my fellow travelers imbibed I decided to take a gander at the common areas of the resort, starting with the views perched above the Rio Napo.

Rio Napo overlook at Casa del Suizo

Here are the common areas of this luxurious resort:

La Casa del Suizo dining room

La Casa del Suizo pool palapas

The grounds to the lodgings are equally as picturesque and impressive.

La Casa del Suizo Rainforest Eco-Lodge

La Casa del Suizo Rainforest Eco-Lodge

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Breaking the 10,000 Barrier — 10,068 and counting


Just a tad under two years ago I posted my first YouTube video.  That would be my demonstration on spin-cocking a Rossi Ranch Hand and a full-size clone of the Winchester Model 1892, also made by Rossi and converted for me by the late Mike DiMuzio.  That video hasn’t exactly “gone viral”, but it hasn’t done badly, either.  Today it surpassed 10,000 views.  Here’s that video:

For information on the Rifleman’s Rifle and the television show that inspired this video, see:

And for a video on the history of spin-cocking in Hollywood, with scenes from the classic television series The Rifleman, see:

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