Crunch Time

Less than a week before departure! I’m in Breckenridge, Colorado, hiking and climbing every day, and adjusting pretty well to the altitude. Yesterday we made it to the summit of Quandary Peak, one of Colorado’s famed “14ers”,  and it’s an amazing experience to have a 360-degree panoramic view from 14,265 feet (see above). Back to Florida on the 13th for a couple of days to put the finishing touches on packing, get one more Hep B shot and handle a few last-minute issues, and then I leave the morning of the 16th for Atlanta, Amsterdam and Kilimanjaro.

The current itinerary:

June 17 – July 2                          Kilimanjaro and Serengeti
July 2 – 20                                   South Africa
July 21 – Aug. 25                         Volunteering in Bagamoyo, Tanzania
Aug. 26 – 28                                Normandy, Omaha Beach, etc.
Aug. 28 – Sept. 1                         Drive to Salzburg
Sept. 1 – Dec. 28                        Salzburg (European home base)
Sept. 20 – 27                               Florence
Oct. 13 – 18                                Rome
Nov. 1 – 13                                  River Cruise: Prague to Budapest
Dec. 29 – Jan. 4                          Istanbul
Jan. 4 – 26                                   India
Jan. 27 – Feb. 7                          Volunteering in Nepal
Feb. 8 – 15                                 Trek in Nepal
Feb. 16 – March 15                    Volunteering in Bangkok
March 16 – 30                            Cambodia  & Vietnam
April 1 – May 31                         TBD
June 1                                          Home!

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13 thoughts on “Crunch Time

  1. Have fun and be safe. I am jealous and would love to be on the road with you.

  2. wklovell

    I’ll expect substantial entries and some great pictures. Enjoy.

  3. jaxrachel

    Wow!! what a great itinerary! I can’t wait to hear about your adventures.

  4. Rock on Ruffin! Looking forward to seeing the world through your eyes….

  5. it was great to see you today! i wish you the very best on your incredible journey!
    i truly look forward to hearing all about it! enjoy, pam ervanian

  6. Best of Luck on your Journey!!!

  7. Have a great time Ruffin. I do plan to get extremism and partisan politics over and done with while you’re gone, and maybe even greed on Wall St., but the others may have to await your return. I’ll be looking at a lot of maps to follow you exactly. Godspeed. Jack

  8. Ruffin you lucky *#@+*#! I guessing this is going to be fun. Maybe Gale and I can join you somewhere along the road. Gale says hi!


  9. Ruffin-Have a wonderful trip and keep us posted with lots of pictures!!! Enjoy the trip of a lifetime!!!! Safe travels!!!!

  10. Have fun and be careful. The Young family will miss you.

  11. Have a fantastic time. If you need someone to defend you in a seedy bar somewhere in the world don’t hesitate to call. Hoping to join you somewhere along the way…keep in touch.

  12. all is good see you in a week Find your way home.

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