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Jun 26, 2011 - Volcano Reunion

Kamchatka is about the world's most beautiful place as far as I'm concerned, but you can almost never see it because the weather is so crap. On my previous trip in 2004, we spent days waiting for the skies to clear so we could heliski down a volcano. We bided our time in hot springs, cat-skiing in thick fog, and - most popular - bowling. If we did get up in the birds, it was only to ski down low foothills laden with thigh-busting spring slush - Siberian cement. Then one day toward the end of the trip, the skies cleared, the wind died, and...

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Aug 26, 2008 - Russia onto Japan

Monday 25/8/08 5.00am arrived in Petropavlovsk, mist/fog 10 degrees, sunshine expected later in the day and temp getting up to 15o. The Harbour looks spectacular- surrounded by 26 volcanoes, the highest ones have snow on them. The Kamchatka Peninsular has over 162 volcanoes - many still active. We go ashore by tender today our ship is too big to dock. The Russian Customs have been on board since 5.00am and processing our passports once we get our passports we can go ashore. Brian cashed $60US dollars and got back 1200 Rubles. 10.30 Still...

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Aug 22, 2008 - Russia

Tuesday 19-20th August At Sea - since not being able to call in and visit Kodiak due to bad weather (please note Petra put in 70 knots winds, in fact it should have read 70 miles- 35 knot winds) we have had flat seas and the trip has been wonderful as we cross the Bering Sea and make our way to Petropavlovsk (Russia) We have seen pods of whales, in one day we counted about 14 whales slapping the water with their tales, the whales do this to stun the fish and then they casually swim around and pick up the fish while dozen of sea birds sit on...

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Jul 16, 2005 - 100% Kamchatka Man

TALBACHEK VOLCANO MOUSTACHE TICKER... is back from the penalty box!!!... in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatski, consecutive drivers of vans, buses and cars yield 10 of 50 moustached men (20%)... guides used offer 1 of 2 (50%)... on a drunken cruise with Russian pharmacists, 2 of 7 (both balding...hmm...; 28.5%) go 'stache; at the Esso regional museum, photos of Eveni locals put the 'oh you!' in moustache with 13 of 50 (26%)... Olegs rack up another... this time 'bitter Oleg'... on drunken cruise the jovial head boat crew guy turned sour, pouting on a...

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Jul 12, 2005 - Dear Ronnie James Dio Fan Club

PETROPAVLOVSK IRRITATED LP HIGH-UP'S NOTE: The secret message from Blog 11 previously featured a mistake. Please discount it. (See Blog 1 if you have no idea what's meant by this.) Moustache ticker gets two more days of suspension. Active again on July 14... Stayed with a local family near the Volcano Institue in Petropavlovsk, the volcano-lined hub of Kamchatka peninsula where Ronnie James Dio (www.ronniejamesdio.com) begins his 'Evening with Dio' tour in early September -- as previously mentioned. The son of the family, Misha, shrugged...

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Jul 4, 2005 - 'You will go on drunken cruise'

PLACE: PETROPAVLOSK-KAMCHATSKY MOUSTACHE TICKER... On probation for one week. See last post... Tatianas snag another one, but Olegs climb a digit too; met-Tats on the trip tally 6, met-Olegs 3... A one-time Sakhalin resident from Bombay emailed to say 'should've gone with Sashas... Sashas would've cleaned up...' Showing up in Kamchatka -- Russia's up-northeast peninsula dangling 'mini Alaska' packed with bears and volcanoes -- without a group tour can be tricky -- tricky getting out of the airport without scrutiny, tricky finding a...

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