Who We Be
We traveled for four months in Southeast Asia. We spent one
month in
Cambodia, one month in Laos, and one month in
Vietnam, followed by a week in Bangkok and ten days in Japan.
Highlights included Angkor Wat in Cambodia, a zipline jungle
adventure in Laos, touring by motorcycle in Vietnam, and
walking through endless orange gates at a temple in Kyoto.

We drove down the entire length of the Baja Peninsula, Mexico
and got to pet gray whales, release baby sea turtles, swim with
whale sharks, and spot blue whales. We put a lot of miles on
our car with another trip to
Glacier National Park and Banff,
Alberta. Our big international trip was to
Brazil where we
explored the Amazon and Pantanal and went hang gliding in Rio.

A big year for travel. In Morocco we explored Marrakech and
Fez and rode camels in the Sahara. We hiked to the top of the
Rock of
Gibraltar. We visited some of the top cities in Spain.
The highlight of the year was hiking the
Camino de Santiago -- a
trek of some 500 miles through the French Pyrenees and Spain.
Afterwards we toured
Portugal and finished off with a whirlwind
spin through
Ireland plus a one-month stay in southern Ireland.

More explorations on the other side of the world. In Malaysia
we ascended the Petronis Towers and savored fusion food in
Penang. We fell in love with Gardens by the Bay in
Indonesia we toured Borobudur and Prambanan temples and
explored Bali for the first time. Nearly a month in
Thailand let us
revel in its stunning islands and visit Chiang Mai in the north.

In Guatemala we witnessed erupting Fuego Volcano, toured the
temples of Tikal, and celebrated Easter Week in Antigua. We
swam through ATM water cave in
Belize, snorkeled its barrier
reef, and flew over the Blue Hole. On a whirlwind two-week trip
Iceland we drove its famous Ring Road and visited two of its
premier hiking destinations: Thorsmork and Landmannalaugar.

Our one big trip abroad this year was Down Under to Australia.
We spent ten days in Sydney, ten days in Tasmania, ten days in
Brisbane and Lady Elliot Island on the Great Barrier Reef, ten
days in Melbourne and the Great Ocean Road, and seven days
in the Australian Outback in Alice Springs and Uluru.

We were fortunate to fit in one trip abroad to Colombia before
Covid hit. A definite highlight was Carnival in Barranquilla (2nd
biggest Carnival in the world after Rio). We also saw Bogota,
Medellin, Cartagena, colorful coffee country towns, Zipaquira
Salt Cathedral, and the tiny Caribbean island of Providencia.

What's next? Who knows! We still have the travel bug and
expect to continue seeing and doing for the next twenty years
and beyond. If you like, you can continue to follow our travels
on our Where We Be
Facebook page. Here's wishing you fun
travels and adventures in the years to come!
We Be Robert & Robin Charlton
We actually began traveling on short but exciting adventure
trips during our last year or two at work -- cruising the
Canal, hiking to Machu Picchu in Peru, going on safari in Kenya
Tanzania, taking a cruise down the Nile in Egypt, seeing the
highlights of
China, and visiting Italy and the Mediterranean.

In 2007, celebrating our newfound freedom, we went on a five-
month trip to
New Zealand and Fiji and pushed our personal
limits with adventures like skydiving, bungy jumping, hang
gliding, jet boating, and aerobatic flying. We swam with
dolphins and seals, snorkeled with sharks, romped with lion
cubs, rolled downhill in a Zorb, kayaked in Doubtful Sound, and
logged 300 miles on New Zealand trails, including such Great
Walks as the Milford, Kepler, Routeburn, and Abel Tasman.

In autumn 2007 we sold our Colorado home of 16 years, loaded
up our customized van, and hit the road. For the rest of 2007
and throughout 2008 we were "vagabonds by choice," making
what we affectionately call "
The Big Loop" through the USA.

We spent five months touring Argentina and Chile, beginning
with a two-week
South America cruise around Cape Horn.
Highlights included seeing Iguazu Falls, hiking Torres del Paine
and the Fitzroy Range in Patagonia, and sailing the Chilean
Fjords by freighter ship. Back in the U.S., we purchased a tiny
condo (380 sf!) in Boulder, CO, our base when not traveling.

We traveled for three months in Northern India and Nepal. In
India a Bengal tiger held our jeep at bay. We got  covered with
paint during Holi, rowed the Ganges at sunrise, and finally saw
the Taj Mahal with our own eyes. In Nepal we spent a month
hiking the Annapurna Circuit in the Himalayas, reaching  a top
elevation of 17,873 ft (5,416 m). We also weathered a Maoist
strike in Kathmandu and went flightseeing to Mount Everest.

We spent a month in Italy, cruised to Greece and Turkey, then
spent a month in
Switzerland. Undoubtedly our most expensive
trip ever: a 25th anniversary splurge! We saw Athens, Istanbul,
and Ephesus for the first time, toured Tuscany and Umbria for
two weeks, lived in Venice for a week, loved our room with a
view at Lake Como, saw the Matterhorn on a picture-perfect
day, and hiked the stunning Jungfrau region for two weeks.

This was our year for Ecuador and the Galapagos. We toured
the Galapagos by yacht then island-hopped on our own. On the
mainland we celebrated Easter in Cuenca, flew Superman-style
across a canyon in Baños, and went on an Amazon adventure
full of tarantulas and snakes. In October we went on a cruise to
Hawaii. A highlight was our doors-off helicopter tour of Kauai.

In Jordan we saw the cliff-carved buildings of Petra lit up by a
thousand candles, rode camels in the Wadi Rum desert, and
slept in a Bedouin tent. In
Israel we dipped our feet in the Sea
of Galilee, explored Jerusalem, and took mud baths before
floating in the Dead Sea. Our autumn road trip to
Maritime Provinces included Nova Scotia and PEI.
In December 2006, at the age of 43, we retired from our  jobs --
Robin as a registered nurse, Robert as a proposal manager at an
aerospace firm -- so we could travel the world and live life more
fully. We saved hard to make this happen (see
Early Retirement
for details) and have absolutely no regrets about doing so -- in
fact we consider it one of the best decisions of our lives.

We prefer to travel slowly and on foot, staying in a country for
weeks or months at a time, and that just isn't feasible with a full-
time job in the U.S. So we chose time over money, saving up
"just enough," and took off for parts unknown (to us, anyway).
Most of our trips involve hiking or trekking in some form or
other, and we usually choose natural scenery and small towns
over big cities.

We think of travel as a "lifetime project," one that will keep us
happily busy for the rest of our days. Just the mention of some
small detail from one of our past trips is enough to put a smile
on both our faces.

When we're not traveling, we like to hike the trails in our home
town of Boulder, Colorado or take long beach walks on whatever
beach we happen to plunk ourselves down on in the depths of
winter. Robin enjoys doing genealogy in her spare time, and
Robert likes to write and take photos (can you tell?). He has
published his first sci-fi novel, called
Takeover, and is still trying
to get his first crossword puzzle published in
The New York
. (Even after you retire it's good to have goals!)
This photo was taken shortly before we retired
early in 2006. No wonder we look so happy!
Travels in Brief