Views from the Top of the Seattle Space Needle: A City Icon

View of Mount Rainier from the top of the Seattle Space Needle

It’s certainly not the tallest tower in the world, yet the Seattle Space Needle is the number one tourist attraction in the Northwest United States attracting over one-million visitors annually. Built for the 1962 World’s Fair, it was considered a space age wonder. It takes only 41 seconds from the ground to the observation deck located […]

Glacier – #AtoZ Postcards of New Zealand

Walking on Fox Glacier on the South Island of New Zealand

G is for glacier . . .  or glacial ice. Practical Information:  A glacier is a river of ice that is slowly moving downhill. Fox and Franz Josef are the two best known glaciers in New Zealand, and are often considered to be the most accessible glaciers in the world. They each travel through subtropical rainforest, […]

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, […]

Photos of Lake Tekapo: Is This New Zealand Most Beautiful Spot?

Views Lake Tekapo New Zealand

Lake Tekapo caught me by surprise, and without being too cliche, it took my breathe away. The first time I saw it we were tired. We were in a hurry, making the 24 hour drive from Auckland to Wanaka without plans for sightseeing.  We were way too focused on our destination, and suddenly hungry. Lake […]

Photos of Mount Cook – Flying Over New Zealand’s Tallest Mountain

Mount Cook - New Zealand's Tallest Mountain

Flying over Mount Cook, New Zealand’s tallest mountain, was an unexpected bonus on an already spectacular helicopter flight.  While driving up the rugged west coast of New Zealand’s South Island we stopped in the Fox Valley. Many years earlier, when the girls were really young, we had visited and after leaving made a decision that […]

Skiing on an Active Volcano in New Zealand – We Found a Snow Zombie!

skiing on an active volcano

Would you go skiing on an active volcano? My family does, along with thousands of others who enjoy skiing at Mt. Ruapehu, in the center of New Zealand’s North Island. It last erupted September 25, 2007. For some reason this doesn’t seem to worry skiers or snowboarders. This past season we were overseas enjoying northern […]