Sailor Babo and Modern Camping

Sailor Babo and his hiking companions awoke in the glorious Colorado sunshine outside of Pagosa Springs. They are on their way to hiking Wetterhorn, a 14er that BSG and Babo haven't summitted yet.

Maybe tomorrow we'll see what they did on the way to the next campsite. Because they certainly didn't send any other updates to AmyH while they are off on their guys trip. *grumble grumble worry worry*

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Sailor Babo heads out for hiking

Sailor Babo was getting a little stir crazy cooped up in the air conditioning and has decided to get out of the Phoenix heat.

BSG had an idea – he, Babo and a friend would go to Colorado and hike a 14er. That's a mountain higher than 14,000 feet.

Babo has tackled a few with BSG before, and AmyH tagged along with them for one a couple of years ago.

So he was excited to hit the road really early this morning.

"Let's get this party started!"

All that driving can be tiring and can work up a thirst. Good thing Ska Brewing World Headquarters in Durango was on the way and made for a convenient afternoon rest stop.

"Cheers, Mr. Ska Gnome!"

Sailor Babo will keep sending in photos of his trip to the top of a mountain.

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Sailor Babo goes to the grocery store!

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“Go on without me!”

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Sailor Babo, Brip and Moxy visit the Obliteration Room!

They saw the Yayoi Kusama Infinity Mirrors Exhibit at the Seattle Art Museum. Frustrated with the long wait for most of the rooms (which are limited to 20 to 30 seconds each), they lounged where there was no time limit.

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Sailor Babo, Brip, and Moxy visit Venice!

The last port of call on Sailor Babo 98109’s recent voyage was Venice. Babo, Brip, and Moxy are still daydreaming about the decaying beauty and maritime splendor of Venezia, La Serenissima, Queen of the Adriatic.

They travelled there from Milan via Trenitalia, then took a vaporetto (Venetian bus-boat) from the train station.

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We wonder what this magazine says…

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Hey, guys! It’s the lagoon!

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Buses in Venice are boats! This is my kinda town!

After checking in to the vacation rental, Brip and Moxy settled in for a nap, while Babo scouted out the neighborhood.

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Oh good! There are cookies half a block away! This is my kinda town!

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Sailor Babo acquires a gondolier’s hat and prevents sunburn!

The next day, they all rode the vaporetti…

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And marveled at the grandeur of San Marco…

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And toured La Fenice, the beautiful opera house of Venice…

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And sampled some Venetian cookies!

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That thing at Sailor Bobo’s feet is a baba rum!

On the last full day, Babo scored more cookies, had a fancy coffee at Caffe Florian, crossed the Grand Canal in a traghetto (the poor person’s gondola), and rode more vaporetti

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Meanwhile, Brip and Moxy went shopping …

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Soon it was time to say goodnight and goodbye for now.

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Sailor Babo takes a vaporetto ride at sunset

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Arrivederci, Venezia!

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Sailor Babo’s Playcation!

Sailor BabO Canada took a week off recently (we’re not sure “off” of what), and found some fun things to do in and around Toronto.

Guess where he went?

SB & Jays game

Is Babo is ready to play for the Blue Jays?

SB and Jays hat

Yes, he is–batter up!

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The next day he took a bus trip.

SB bus home

It took him to the theatre!

SB @ theatre

He missed out on his annual funnel cake on Toronto Island (the island is still closed due to flooding), but he found a stand-in scenic background and a big s’mores brownie that made him happy!

SB & s'mores brownie

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Sailor Babo, Brip, and Moxy visit Milano!

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Moxy is astounded by the size of the Duomo.

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Moxy scopes out the treats!

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Moxy, Brip, and Babo enjoy a birra on the terrazza, and wonder when if they will ever have Italian cookies…

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Babo climbs the Duomo…

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Babo makes it to the roof of the Duomo!

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Did someone say gelato?

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Si si, gelato!

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Babo finds a Babo-sized harpsichord!

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Babo remembers sailing…

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Brip visits La Scala!

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Brip can’t wait for the ballet to begin!

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Brip eats breakfast!

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Moxy, Brip, and Babo make it to the station in time for their next adventure!

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Sailor Babo, Brip, and Moxy visit Monet’s garden!

Having been so moved by Claude Monet’s giant water lily paintings at the Musée de l’Orangerie in Paris, Sailor Babo, Brip, and Moxy decided to run away to the country to see what inspired Monet. First they took the train to Vernon, where they caught the shuttle bus to Giverny.

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Waiting at the station for the shuttle

Across the road from Monet’s garden, Brip found something cute and furry!

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Brip spots some llama friends!

Once inside the garden, they made a beeline for the water lily pond.

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Regardez les nymphées!

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We recognize that willow tree from Monet’s paintings!

They walked across in Monet’s Japanese-style footbridge and enjoyed the view.

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Hey, we also recognize this footbridge from Monet’s paintings!

Then they strolled through the flower gardens.

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Sailor Babo stops to smell the roses

Soon it was time to go back to the bed and breakfast where they explored to the country decor of the peaceful room.

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Moxy checks out the old French parfum! Oo la la!

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Brip takes a bath!

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Can we light these candles?

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It’s a room with a view!

Soon it was time to get a good night’s sleep so they could wake up and head on to their next adventure.

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Au revoir, Vernon/Giverny! Next time, we will stay longer!

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Babo, Brip and Moxy depart!

All aboard!

Au revoir Paris! A bientot!

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Moxy et Brip sont arrive!

Phew! They made it!

But wait! Where is Babo?!?

Phew! They found each other!

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