Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

Brandon and Kathy


Waterfall in the Columbia River Gorge

Waterfall in the Columbia River Gorge

January - Machu Piccu (Brandon and Dava)

August - Oregon Coast

August - Columbia River Cruise

September - Galapagos Islands

September - Upper Amazon River Cruise

November - Thanksgiving in Colorado Springs

December - Disney World with Grandchildren

2016 - Machu Picchu, Oregon, Galapagos, Upper Amazon, Colorado, Disney World


Egrets at Dawn - Upper Amazon

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Here are our major trips in 2016:

  • January - Brandon in Peru
  • August - Oregon Coast
  • August - River Cruise on the Columbia River
  • September - Galapagos Islands
  • September - Upper Amazon
  • November - Colorado Springs for Thanksgiving
  • December - Disney World with Kathy's Grandchildren

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The first big trip of the year was Brandon's trip to Peru (Machu Picchu) with National Geographic.


The first day in Lima happened to be the first day of Carnival. After that we went to Cusco, down to the Sacred Valley, up to Machu Picchu, back to Cusco, back to Lima, and then home. Click here to see some of the pictures.

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The next trip was to Oregon in August. Kathy found a cottage for us on the coast just a few hundred feet from the beach in the town of Seaside.


Here are some pictures from that week. It was cool and misty on the coast. The weather was a respite from the heat in Austin.

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After a week on the coast in the cottage, we drove to Portland and boarded the "Queen of the West" river boat. We spent a week cruising the Columbia River.

Queen of the West

Here are some pictures from that week. It was not nearly as cool as it had been on the coast.

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In September 2016 we took two back to back trips with National Geographic. The first was to the Galapagos Islands on board the N. G. Endeavour.

National Geographic Endeavour

Here are some pictures of the animals that we saw in the Galapagos.

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The second National Geographic trip was to the upper Amazon on board the Delphin II.

Delphin II at Dusk

Click here to see pictures from that trip.

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In November we went to Colorado Springs for Thanksgiving. We visited with Charles and with Valerie's family. We hiked to some waterfalls and we visited the Air Force Academy Chapel.

Alex, Valerie, Chloe and Mike

Click here to see a few pictures from that trip.

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In December we went to Walt Disney World in Florida. We went to see Kathy's daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren. They were visiting the states from their home in Capetown, South Africa.

Cinderella's Castle with Walt and Mickey

Click here to see a few pictures from that trip.

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And while doing all of those things, we did projects around Austin. Kathy and I are involved in the Photography Interest Group in Newcomers. This year Kathy was in charge of getting people to plan the photo shoots each month. In October and November we volunteered at Riverbend Church helping with the "Angels Afoot" program to collect presents for underprivileged children. I worked on the database and Kathy processed gift requests and then checked in the gifts.


C. Brandon Jones
email: Brandon "at"
updated October 24, 2022