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About abitravel

I'm a lucky person since I've combined my two major passions, conservation and travel, into a profession of sorts. When I'm not organizing or leading an ecotour to Latin America or beyond, I engage in freelance writing and enjoy outdoor activities with my wife. That's the nutshell version!

Pipe Dreams of Daddy


I can still smell it now – that pungent, sweet odor of tobacco emanating from its pouch. It overpowered other aromas also his: oil paints, old leather rucksacks, and film developer. In my mind’s eye is a row of brown … Continue reading

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Car Free or Carbon Free: A Day to Choose


Originally posted at http://rachelsnetwork.org/carfree/ under the title                     “Going the Extra Mile on Car Free Day with Abigail Rome” I’ve just signed the pledge to leave my car in the driveway on September … Continue reading

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Tears in my Garden


The summer brings change, so unlike my usual travelogues, here’s a poem I just wrote.  Feel free to comment with your reactions and realizations.   Tears in my Garden I water the plants in my yard on a perfect-weather morning … Continue reading

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Death Valley: Where Unencumbered Geology and Yogis Are One


Death Valley – the hottest place on earth.  Where temperatures have reached 134°F and where one summer it didn’t get below 100° for 154 days.  It sounds ominous, doesn’t it?   You expect to see vast stretches of white sand; crusty old … Continue reading

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Rosh Hashanah: A New Year to Pedal My Thoughts and Wishes


As many of us are about to ring in a new year, I wanted to reach out. First, I want to wish you a Shana Tovah (a Happy New Year) – a year of health, fruitfulness and affection. And second, … Continue reading

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In Memory: A Friend and Neighbor Too Full of Life to Ever Die


CocoRay:  my neighbor, my friend, a bright star in my life here on Ray Drive.   Her name wasn’t really CocoRay,  It was Kim.  But Kim is such a quiet, calm name – a demure name, and she was anything but … Continue reading

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The Dilemma of Authenticity in Tourism Destinations: Colombia, as a Case in Point


If you read my previous blog post (about Jardin, Colombia) and you know what I do, you may be thinking that I’m being hypocritical.  I’ll explain.  You may remember that I started my article by saying that what I loved … Continue reading

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