Capilano Suspension Bridge Challenges my Fear of Heights

The Capilano Suspension Bridge in Vancouver Canada

Spanning 140 metres (450 feet), the Capilano Suspension Bridge sways 70 metres (230 feet) above the Capilano river canyon, daring us to walk across. The other side pleads with tree top adventures, a nature walk, and just the thrill of having crossed a bridge that has existed in some from since 1889. It wasn’t all that long […]

Zipline – #AtoZ Postcards of New Zealand

A zipline over the forest canopy on Waiheke Island

Z is for zipline . . .  or zoom. Practical Information:  Waiheke Island is a short ferry ride from Auckland. Eco Zip has side by side ziplines that take you over vineyards, then over the forest canopy. Personally, I am a chicken, and prefer to spend my afternoons on Waiheke at either the beach or one of the many wineries. […]

Yachting on America’s Cup Boats – #AtoZ Postcards of New Zealand

Yachting in New Zealand - Princess Kate racing against Prince William race against each other on former America's Cup boats.

Y is for yachting on America’s Cup Boats  . . .  or yacht racing. Practical Information:  This is the real thing, yachting at its most exciting. It’s an opportunity to crew on a former Team New Zealand America’s Cup yacht.  Most of the time they take out only one of the two boats, but during summer on […]

Sandboarding on the Giant Te Paki Sand Dunes, New Zealand

Sandboarding on the Giant Te Paki Sand Dunes, Northland, New Zealand

What can I say about sandboarding? I would have said I am too old, but then I learned about the 89 year old who gave it a try (and loved it). It’s an adrenaline junky activity at the top of the North Island of New Zealand. My girls and their friend had a blast riding down. Hubby […]

Dining or Adventure: 5 Ways Up the Auckland Sky Tower

Leaping off the Sky Tower in Auckland New Zealand

Whether an adventure seeker, diner, photographer, tourist or Aucklander, the impressive views from the top of the Auckland Sky Tower are a must see in New Zealand’s largest city. Standing proud at 328 meters, it’s the tallest man made structure in the southern hemisphere. The 360 degree awe-inspiring views from any of the upper levels […]

Sarah’s Exciting News: Argentina and Sarah Albom Photography

Sarah's exciting news and launch of Sarah Albom Photography

I have some exciting news to share this week – I have been accepted into the AFS student exchange program! I will be going to Argentina for the 2016 year (I won’t know exactly where until I am picked by a host family). I’m very excited, but it still doesn’t feel real yet. Nervousness will come […]

Theme Park Excitement: Enjoying Rainbow’s End

Stratosphere at Rainbow's End Theme park in Auckland New Zealand

Fear grips me and hangs on as I hold my breath, waiting to discover if the Stratosfear pendulum will go spinning back to earth, or if this is the moment it goes over the top. The newest ride at Rainbow’s End Theme Park hangs in limbo for just a moment before reversing direction one final […]

Jumping off, Jumping on or Jumping In: Auckland #AtoZ

Step 2 Back flip off the pier

“New Zealand” conjures up lots of images, mostly of clean, green living, but often of adventure and fun. Today is about jumping, starting with these local boys as they flip off the dock in Killarney Park:   When my niece visited she loved jumping too, but the photos are all outside Auckland. First she jumped […]

Dolphins and Whales Are Abundant in Auckland

Leaping dolpins in the Hauraki Gulf, just outside Auckland New Zealand

Every day I look out over the Hauraki Gulf from my home at the end of the peninsula they call Whangaparaoa, meaning “bay of whales.” Yet, until a few days ago when I went out on the Auckland Whale and Dolphin Safari boat (AWADS), I had no idea of the abundance of marine mammals living […]

Sarah’s Saturday Snapshots #20 – More Mahurangi West

Crab along the Cudlip coast at Mahurangi West

Today I’m sharing the second part of my adventure for my Bronze level Duke of Edinburgh Hillary Award hike, which was at Mahurangi West regional park in Auckland. If you haven’t seen the first part yet, you can read it at Sarah’s Saturday Snapshots #19 – Mahurangi West Tramp. We returned to our base camp after the Mita Loop […]

Sarah’s Saturday Snapshots #19 – Mahurangi West Tramp

Mita Bay Loop Track at Mahurangi West in New Zealand

Last weekend, as a follow-up to the Tawharanui park tramp I did a few weeks ago, I had my qualifying Duke of Edinburgh Hillary Award tramp. This one was at Mahurangi West regional park, and though it rained for a bit, we had an excellent time and I seriously enjoyed myself. Among other things, we need to write […]

Sarah’s Saturday Snapshots #17 – Tawharanui Tramp

Standing at the edge on our Duke of Ed tramp

Last week for my Duke of Edinburgh Bronze practice ‘adventurous journey‘, I went with a group of seven other teens on a Tawharanui tramp. Tawharanui Regional Park is a peninsula on the east side of New Zealand’s North Island, North of central Auckland. It is one of my favourite parks, and is an awesome place for […]

Sarah’s Saturday Snapshots #14 – Waitakeres Tramp

Gorse flowers on Waitakeres tramp

Last week I went on a Girl Guide camp to Manukau for my Duke of Edinburgh Hillary Award training, and while there we went to Karekare beach in the Waitakeres for a tramp with our packs. It rained a bit and was quite muddy, but it was really fun and I enjoyed the hike. I took a few […]

Samoa Highlights: Top 10 Things to Do (And Driving Tips)

Samoa Highlights

Adventure is around every corner on beautiful Upolu, the main island of Samoa. While we came for a break, we found our selves stopping to swim into a cave, jump into a trench, feeding turtles and visit an author’s home.  Upolu is the main island of Samoa and home to it’s capital city Apia.  Despite our […]

Jumping Into Vivid Turquoise Waters at To Sua Ocean Trench, Samoa

To Sua Ocean Trench, Samoa

Waterfalls and cliffs seem to taunt my girls, calling their name and daring them to jump off into the waters below.  It doesn’t seem to matter whether the waters are swirling at the base of a waterfall, crystal clear, or vivid turquoise – my girls like to jump. Hubby and I opted to stay back […]

Jumping off the Sky Tower and a View of Auckland from the Top

Auckland Sky Tower

We visited the Sky Tower over the weekend as it’s a fun place to get a view of Auckland (New Zealand). Sometimes it’s fun to be a tourist in my own town. (We live just outside Auckland). The Sky Tower is the tallest free standing structure in the Southern Hemisphere, yet it is just a few meters […]

Follow Your Dreams and Find Your Own Style of Fun (AtoZ Travel Tips)

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Follow Your Dreams and Find Your Own Style of Fun when you travel.  Choose the opportunities that interest you, not what’s popular. We spent nearly a week in Paris, and skipped the Louvre, Musée d’Orsay, Notre Dame Cathedral, and the Pompidou. We were too busy having fun our own way; well, maybe Paris is a bad example. […]

Wellington’s Taranaki Wharf Jump Platform – Will You Leap?

jumping in to the Taranaki Wharf

This week I took a two day express holiday to Wellington with my niece.  Aside from traditional sights, she also took a leap from the Taranaki Wharf Jump Platform. She is far braver (and much younger) than I am. Although she will tell you that the Mountain Dew Guy made her do it! The platform […]

Marching in the Moscow May Day Parade

Moscow May Day parade

This was no ordinary Moscow May Day Parade, and how we ended up marching in it is a bit surreal. May Day, or Labour day in Russia is on May 1. It’s a day of celebration for workers and unions. The annual May Day Parade marches from around the corner of our hotel to Red Square. […]