Monthly Archives: December 2014

Things to do from Huacachina Oasis, population 400

Huacachina at sunset.

Huacachina at sunset.

Huacachina is one of the most awesome travel-bases in the world.

From this postcard perfect Oasis (literally) you are 10 feet from a cozy bar/restaurant/hotel in all directions and for a few dollars someone will take you into the dunes via buggy for a dizzying ride through mile high sand dunes. At the apex, the driver–with an odd confidence in the rider’s ability to perilously surf down a 5,000 foot dune, drops you off, gives you a board, and drives away leaving little choice other than to recklessly adventure downward. ($16)

For almost nothing the locals will provide transport to the Ica area wineries (yes, in a desert), and a hidden community of self-professed witches and shamans. ($6)

Peruvian wine tends to be very sweet. If you are not into wine you might enjoy the Pisco which every winery also boasts. Its the local firewater.

Peruvian wine tends to be very sweet. If you are not into wine you might enjoy the Pisco which every winery also boasts. Its the local firewater.

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Land of witches, goblins, and mescaline.

Land of witches, goblins, and mescaline.

For $8 a van will take you on an imminently scenic three hour ride to a harbor (in the village of Pisco) where a speed boat will jettison you passed dolphins and surfacing Killer Whales to the Ballesta Islands (the poor man’s Galapagos). There you can confront a blue-footed booby, a hundred thousand squawking sea lions, and a pungent odor that even a mortician will notice.

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Thousands and thousands of seals and sea lions.

Thousands and thousands of seals and sea lions.

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For $100, you can be taken to a nearby airport (well, perhaps four hours away, actually, and “strip” might be a better word for “port”) and experience a 45 minute flight over the ancient Nazca lines.

Not the Nazca Lines, but another ancient creation viewed on the way to the islands.

Not the Nazca Lines, but another ancient creation viewed on the way to the islands.

Any of Huacachina’s dozen eating establishments offers amazing and cheap food. The most expensive hyper-exotic cocktail in any bar is about $2 or $3.

Pork straight from the spit. ($2)

Pork straight from the spit. ($2)

Steak in a cream sauce, rice, and huge potato fries. ($3)

Steak in a cream sauce, rice, and huge potato fries. ($3)

20,000 lbs of chicken. ($3)

20,000 lbs of chicken. ($3)

$1 -- 2 for 1

$1 — 2 for 1

It is awesome. You should go now. I’ll drive.

If you must wait, go in mid-March during the Ica Wine Festival. With huge complementary tasting tents it’s like a county fair–except instead of horses, they exhibit pumas and condors.

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At the time of this writing there was only one ATM in Huacachina and it is broken. Get money from the one at the bus station in Ica, and take the $2 taxi ride 4 miles to Huacachina,

Mark Bogen is an excellent choice for Broward County District 2 Commissioner–Election Today (Yes, on a Thursday)

Primary Night with Charlie Crist and Annette Taddeo, Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six

Primary Night with Charlie Crist and Annette Taddeo, Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six

Dear voters of Broward County Commission District 2:

I know it’s a Thursday, but you have an election today for County Commissioner!

I encourage you to vote for Mark Bogen.

Mark is a well known condo/elder law attorney and he has represented the residents of Wynmoor and about half of century village for more than a decade. They absolutely love him. And because he didn’t think it right to ask older folks on fixed incomes for contributions, he spent an enormous amount of his own money in his effort to fulfill a lifelong dream of helping his neighbors and community in the capacity of an elected official.

He’s one of those rare good guys who enters public service without any motive other than thinking it would be neat to serve. He compliments this with a depth of experience and expertise that no other candidate in the race can offer.

Finally, one of my closest friends, Matthew Isbell, is the campaign’s field director, which might make me a bit biased, but there are numerous objective indicators of Mark’s excellence.

Because this is a December election being held on a Thursday, voter turnout will be virtually non-existent, (under 5,000 votes) so your vote really, really, really matters in this one.

You can learn more about Mark here.

To find out if you live in Broward County Commission District 2, look here.

To find your voting precinct, visit here.

To find out why in the hell there is an election scheduled between Thanksgiving and Christmas on a Thursday, visit here.

Thank you!