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Sunrise:  Lago de Atitlan, Guatemala

IN CELEBRATION OF PLANET EARTH

TODAY IS EARTH DAY!   For 43 years on April 22, more than one billion people take part in Earth Day. Across the globe, individuals, communities, organizations, and governments acknowledge the amazing planet we call home and take action to protect it.     As an informed global traveler, I am acutely aware of the […]

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DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND RAILWAY STATION

A Photo Essay While staying in Dunedin with the Cooke family, we went to a weekend farmers’ market outside the Dunedin Railway Station.  In between selecting the best squashes and parsnips to take home, I had a chance to admire this exceptional building.  Vowing to return, I made good a couple weeks later while passing […]

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WHAT? A CALIFORNIA REDWOOD FOREST IN NEW ZEALAND?

I have been a docent in Big Basin Redwood State Park, California’s oldest, for 10 years.  When I am not traveling, I lead monthly interpretive hikes in the majestic redwoods.  As part of my training and study, I learned that of the three species of redwood that have survived since the Jurassic Period (65,000,000 years […]

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Huka Falls Jet Boat Ride

I did a Jet Boat ride on the Rogue River in Oregon a couple years back with a good friend. It was wet, wild and lots of fun.  So when the opportunity arose yesterday to do another one, I jumped at the chance. A little research revealed that the Jet Boat was invented in New […]

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The Best Day Hike in New Zealand

I confess, I am at least a month behind in posting my myriad adventures in the beautiful land of all things Kiwi.  The twofold reasons are 1) I have been busy traveling and doing wild stuff and 2) sporadic connectivity. I will continue to have many stories to tell for some time.  However, three days ago I […]

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DOUBTFUL SOUND, DAYS 2.5 to 3

Dateline:  Deep Cove When I was hanging out in Te Anau before and right after my Milford Sound trip, I met John, a very friendly and helpful bartender at the Fiordland Theater.  While drinking local craft beer and using their rather fast wifi, we talked a lot about Doubtful Sound. He had told me about Deep Cove […]

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DOUBTFUL SOUND, DAY 2

Day Two on the Navigator I awake early and peek out the port hole by my bunk.  By dawns light I see we have anchored in a beautiful sheltered cove overnight. My three bunk mates are still asleep.  I slip out grab a hot shower, my camera and some coffee and am first out on […]

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DOUBTFUL SOUND

Doubtful Sound, Fiordland   Doubtful Sound is remote and deep in the heart of Fiordland, a national park and World Heritage Site that encompasses over three million acres.  It is difficult to get there which is why it receives a small amount of visitors compared to the very popular Milford Sound further north.  The sound, […]

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