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KRIS AND TOM’S STORY

After a 30-year career in publishing, Tom Bartel and Kristin Henning shed their last publication, their house, and most of their possessions. In 2010, they gave their dog to their daughter and set out on a journey to see the world. Kris and Tom combine a love of culture with a love for the outdoors. Their travels vary between long stays in such cultural cities as London, Barcelona, Rome, and Beijing, detours to UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and spurts of hiking or biking in Europe, Australia, Asia, or through the National Parks of the United States.

Travel Past 50 reflects Kris and Tom’s appreciation of international cultures and active soft adventure. They’ve hiked in Spain, biked in Brittany, trekked through the Guatemalan jungle, and crawled over the glaciers of Patagonia. They’ve also spent months in London going to the theater, a summer in Rome studying Latin, three months in Florence studying art history, and have visited nearly every major museum and church in Europe. It’s a diverse curriculum, and one we hope you’ll like.

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Temple of the Masks, Lamanai, Belize

A few of the temples at Lamanai sported large masks on their facades, the first time we've seen this on Mayan ruins. Here, the mask had been walled over by subsequent generations of Mayans, and archeologists discovered this, and another [...]

By | May 15, 2013|Belize, North America, Photo of the Day|3 Comments

The ATM Cave in Belize is Older Than I Am

Our Irish spelunking companion, Oonagh O'Farrell, and Kris after the cave dive and march out of the jungle. You'll notice the painted faces. Our guide insisted we paint ourselves with the iron oxide rocks in the cave to show [...]

By | May 14, 2013|Belize, North America, Our Travel Life|13 Comments

Temple of the Wind, Tulúm, Yucatán, Mexico

Tulúm, the Mayan ruins by the sea, guarded the approach to the major Mayan city of Cobá, 50 kilometers inland. The Temple of the Wind, it seemed to me, also doubled as a lookout point. We were glad, as we [...]

Mayan Ruins, Tulúm, Yucatán, Mexico

One of the best things about the ruins at Tulúm was their compactness. They're only spread over a few acres and the site can be easily seen in a little over an hour. Also, their location next to a beautiful [...]

Crocodile, New River, Belize

We took a 25 mile motor boat trip up the New River in Belize two days ago to get to the semi-remote Mayan ruins site at Lamanai. As we motored, sometimes fast and sometimes slow, past the various wildlife, we [...]

Temple Carvings, Kabáh, Yucatán, Mexico

One of the recurring motifs at many Mayan sites is the curved nose of the rain god, Chaak. The curve, in the sense that it both descends and ascends, represents the rain falling from above and the collection on the [...]

Ready for Restoration, Kabáh, Yucatán, Mexico

Archeologists have lined up and numbered stones in preparation for the restoration of another Mayan temple in Kabáh, Yucatán, Mexico. They use computer models to determine the order of reconstruction of the blocks that have been strewn over the site [...]