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Kremlin Museum in Moscow, Russia by Roger J. Wendell - 09-06-2011 РОССИЯ:
Москва и Камчатка
(RUSSIA: Moscow and Kamchatka)

 

 

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In August/September 2011 I had the distinct pleasure in joining Mike Miller's CMC group exploration of the "Land of Ice and Fire" in Russia's Kamchatka Peninsula. The adventure started at Denver's International Airport where we flew to New York JFK, Moscow's Sheremetyevo International Airport, and then the Yelizovo Airport in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Kamchatka Krai. This portion of the trip, alone, required about 20 hours of flying through 18 different time zones - half of which were just in Russia itself!

Once established in Kamchatka, we traveled to the parks and volcanoes over some of the planet's most difficult roads in a converted Soviet military truck that featured a small-block V-8 and some extremely low (and needed!) "granny" gears. Our explorations included hot springs, bubbling mud-pots, fumaroles, permanent snow fields, glaciers, crater rims and volcano summits. Accommodations included some very comfortable hotels, hostels, cottages, and extended tent camping.

Although over half our trip was spent in the wilderness and parks we were also fortunate to experience various culture presentations, museums, and local shopping throughout Petropavlovsk itself. And, of course, with a few days layover in Moscow, on our way home, we were able to take time to enjoy a lot of that city's historical offerings, parks, shops, and dining. I, myself, was completely enamored with Moscow's "Metro" (subway system) and made at least 15 trips as 28 Rubles each (less than one U.S. dollar).

Obviously traveling the length of Russia was a grand adventure. Nevertheless, I'd advise caution for anyone undertaking such travels as Russia, like a number of other countries around the world, is a corrupt, dishonest, and a politically dangerous place...

- Roger J. Wendell

 

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