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    Day 1

    Trafalgar Tours - Day 01 - October 03, 2008 - Friday – Denver Flight to Munich, Germany

    As our flight from Denver International Airport (DIA) was not scheduled to leave until 2:05 PM we had a nice and leisurely morning. We did our regular Friday chores, had some coffee, read...

    Day 2

    Trafalgar Tours - Day 02 - October 04, 2008 - Saturday – Munich, Germany to Helsinki, Finland

    The clouds were thick over Germany as the red sun came up to welcome us to Northern Europe. We landed in Munich at 7:30 AM after a few hours of sleep and then...

    Day 3

    Trafalgar Tours - Day 03 - October 05, 2008 - Sunday - St. Petersburg, Russia

    Even though we were very tired, sleep did not come easily. We woke up about 3:30 am and I organized some lose ends while Gennie worked on her UOP classes and checked on her student...

    Day 4

    Trafalgar Tours - Day 04 - October 06, 2008 - Monday - St. Petersburg, Russia

    Another brisk day in St. Petersburg! It was chilly during the night, but we still had the window open to take advantage of the fresh sea air.

    We did not have to get up until...

    Day 5

    Trafalgar Tours - Day 05 - October 07, 2008 - Tuesday - St. Petersburg, Russia

    After a good night’s sleep, we were ready to greet another day in St. Petersburg. We had our breakfast and then met the group at 8:00 in the bus parking area. The hotel was...

    Day 6

    Trafalgar Tours - Day 06 - October 08, 2008 - Wednesday - Novgorod, Russia

    With a little luck and my internal Garcia clock, I woke up at 6:30 and discovered that our alarm had not gone off and we did not receive a wake up call! We hustled to...

    Day 7

    Trafalgar Tours - Day 07 - October 09, 2008 - Thursday – Novgorod, Tver, Moscow, Russia

    Our one night in Novgorod was very comfortable. We had an early morning with our wake-up call at 6:15 and then breakfast. We took a few minutes to check the mail as they...

    Day 8

    Trafalgar Tours - Day 08 - October 10, 2008 - Friday - Moscow, Russia

    We woke up at 6:30 and after our showers we took a few photos of the bright red sunrise over Moscow. We caught up on the mail and had a nice buffet breakfast on the...

    Day 9

    Trafalgar Tours - Day 09 - October 11, 2008 - Saturday - Moscow, Russia

    After our late evening at the circus we were happy to be able to sleep in this morning. At 9:30 we met out group, Vera, and Sergei to go on an optional tour. It was...

    Day 10

    Trafalgar Tours - Day 10 - October 12, 2008 - Sunday - Moscow – Smolensk – Minsk, Belarus

    Today was a travel day. We woke up early at 6:00 and were out to the bus at 8:00. The porters did not come after our luggage this morning so we...

    Day 11

    Trafalgar Tours - Day 11 - October 13, 2008 - Monday - Osm'any - Vilnius, Lithuania

    Xavier wanted to get an early start going though the border today so our alarm went off at 6:00. It was cool but dry as we left Minsk, the temperature was 54 degrees...

    Day 12

    Trafalgar Tours - Day 12 - October 14, 2008 - Tuesday - Siauliai-Riga, Latvia

    The morning was foggy but Xavier said it was a promise of a beautiful day. The temperature was 51 degrees and the humidity was at 89%.

    We greeted Marja as she met us on the bus...

    Day 13

    Trafalgar Tours - Day 13 - October 15, 2008 - Wednesday - Riga, Latvia

    We stayed in Riga for two nights so our morning was more leisurely because we did not have to have bags out early! We woke up at 7:00, had our showers, and then a great...

    Day 14

    Trafalgar Tours - Day 14 - October 16, 2008 - Thursday - Parnu-Tallinn, Estonia

    Once again we have a travel day. We woke up at 6:15 and finished packing up the bags to be put outside the door at 7:00.

    It was raining this morning and 53 degrees with...

    Day 15

    Trafalgar Tours - Day 15 - October 17, 2008 - Friday - Helsinki, Finland

    Our last day in the Baltic States was gray but not raining. The temperature was 51 degrees and the humidity was 84%. The morning was free so we slept in until 7:30 and then had...

    Day 16

    Day 16 - October 18, 2008 - Saturday – Flight to Frankfurt, Germany then to Denver, Colorado - Home

    Our long day began early, very early, when our alarm clock went off at 4:30. The hotel provided us with a light breakfast before our departure.

    There were six of...

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Day 2: Goat Cave Karst Nature Preserve


The Preserve was set aside to buffer some of the ecologically sensitive karsts in the area from encroaching neighborhoods. Karsts are caves that feed directly into the Edwards Aquifer below ground.

Because the three caves can be dangerous to hikers and nonprofessional spelunkers, they are...

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