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rrraphy
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Retired Ap. Book Mod, Pres Golden Gate Stamp Club, Hi Tech Consultant
02 May 2018
04:45:23pm
I will be traveling out of the country until May 26.
I still have a few Approval Books listed. They will undoubtedly close in the next several weeks.
I will not post new books until June 2018.

Should you decide to buy a few (there are some more unusual items and collection areas listed), I will not be able to ship until the end of May.

rrr....
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rrraphy
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Retired Ap. Book Mod, Pres Golden Gate Stamp Club, Hi Tech Consultant
26 May 2018
01:41:09pm
re: May 2018 Travel Notice... I am back..with photos now!

I am back.
Anyone needing early invoicing please contact me. Otherwise, I will invoice per usual on June 1.
I will start adding Approval Books in June (mid June probably). If you have areas you are working on, let me know. My Approval New Book activation calendar is totally open as of now.
Rrr...

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Retired Ap. Book Mod, Pres Golden Gate Stamp Club, Hi Tech Consultant
31 May 2018
03:53:58pm
re: May 2018 Travel Notice... I am back..with photos now!

I was absent traveling through one of the most extreme area on earth. The ATACAMA desert of Argentina and Chile.
here are some photos for those who have expressed an interest.
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the intrepid travelers.

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the road climbing to 14,800ft. Base camp above 7,200ft

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Landscape showing a few oasis like areas

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Rock colors!

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More colors and a small tourist stopover

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High desert with Cardon cacti

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Dry salt lakes everywhere, some huge areas!

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100 ton antenna being moved to the ALMA site
Atacama Large Millimeter Array = ALMA
Stock photo. Access to the 15400 elevation site is restricted. We visited the operational base which is at 7800 ft. Techies..you would love it!

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the Chuquicamata open pit copper mine near Calama
1.2 km deep,
4km diameter closing in 2020

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350 Tons of low grade (1%) ore per truck
7 days 24 hours operation (one hour per trip RT)

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Tailings from the mine swallow the now ghost town of 25000 people.
Chuquicamata was evacuated in 2006 due to environmental issues.

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The night sky. Night temperature...freezing cold.

I think this gives you a general idea!
This is the driest highest desert area on earth! And yet it has been inhabited for the last 8000 years! I will spare you the archeological pictures!

rrr...





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31 May 2018
07:13:53pm

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re: May 2018 Travel Notice... I am back..with photos now!

Fantastic pictures. Thank you for sharing.

Liz

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Cactusjack
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31 May 2018
09:30:01pm
re: May 2018 Travel Notice... I am back..with photos now!

Nice and interesting pictures Ralph.

Jim

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PaulMitchell
31 May 2018
10:59:13pm
re: May 2018 Travel Notice... I am back..with photos now!

Great photos....thanks for sharing them.

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31 May 2018
11:18:05pm
re: May 2018 Travel Notice... I am back..with photos now!

Ralph -- Thanks very much for sharing those pictures! Amazing!

I'm struck by how much some of those shots resemble areas in the US Southwest, including the desert areas of Southern California, parts of Nevada, and particularly Utah (which seems like nature's geological laboratory!).

On the other hand, that night sky shot is incomparable!

Great shots!

-- Dave

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lemaven
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01 Jun 2018
08:59:14am
re: May 2018 Travel Notice... I am back..with photos now!

Hey gggrrr

Just breath-taking pictures. Might be the next trip my wife and I take.

Dave.

P.S. Looks like we both married way over our heads. My two girls look like their mom - not me - hope you got as lucky on the genetic transfer... Laughing

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jbaxter5256
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01 Jun 2018
09:45:45am
re: May 2018 Travel Notice... I am back..with photos now!

Incredible photos and landscapes. Thanks for sharing!

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ChrisW
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02 Jun 2018
07:20:22am
re: May 2018 Travel Notice... I am back..with photos now!

Wow, nice photos! Thanks for sharing!

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03 Jun 2018
06:50:58pm

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re: May 2018 Travel Notice... I am back..with photos now!

Supercalifradgelisticespialidotious!!!!!!

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