Travel Bloggers Explore Utah: Home to Five USA National Parks

Bryce Canyon in Utah, USA. Photo by Kevin Wagar

Utah is a photographer’s paradise located in the western United States. It is home to five US National Parks nicknamed the Mighty 5. They are Zion, Bryce Canyon, Arches, Canyonlands, and Capitol Reef. Utah’s winters boast the “Greatest Snow on Earth.” The more we learn about Utah, the more we want to visit. It’s an ideal destination for nature enthusiasts, […]

Kauri Trees: New Zealand’s Oldest and Largest Natives

Kauri trees along the path in Parry Kauri Park, Warkworth, New Zealand

The 800 year-old McKinney Kauri greeted us as we walked towards the boardwalk of Parry Kauri Park in Warkworth, New Zealand. On the day we visited, a group of students were at the base of the tree listening to their guide talk about the largest native tree species in New Zealand, growing only in the […]

Views from Mount Iron Summit, Wanaka New Zealand

View of the Southern Alps from the top of Mount Iron in Wanaka New Zealand

Several years ago we hiked to the top of Mount Iron. It only took about an hour, and the views from this glacier-carved rocky knoll are rather impressive. The 4.5 km loop track climbs 250m to reach the Mount Iron summit, and is labeled as an easy walking track. From my memory parts were steep, […]

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 […]

Juneau and Other Alaska Highlights ~ #AtoZ AmaZing Photos

Hiking Savage River Trail in Denali National Park, Alaska, USA

Two weeks is not enough time to spend in Alaska in the summer time, but that was all we had.  We traveled by train, car and boat. Juneau is the capital city of Alaska, and accessible from the air or sea. Here are some of my favorite shots from one of the most beautiful areas […]

A Sunken Ship in Okoromai Bay, New Zealand

sunken ship

As the tide goes out, this sunken ship becomes visible at the opening of Okoromai Bay into the Hauraki Gulf. Most days I can only see a small fraction of the bow and the boiler, both covered by mussels and other sea life that have made this sunken ship their home. Twice each year, at […]