Why Belize Makes for an Exhilarating Travel Experience

Pier in Belize

{This article on Belize was written for Albom Adventures by Sam of Soar Legs.} Belize is a tiny country on the eastern coast of Central America and is sandwiched between Mexico and Guatemala. It has the Caribbean Sea to the east and a dense Central American jungle to the west. This small yet eclectic nation […]

Oregon Coast – A Photo Tour of Nature at its Best

Spouting Horn at Cook's Chasm in Cape Perpetua along the Oregon coast in the USA

Far away, yet right at home. It was an odd deja vu feeling as we drove down the spectacular Oregon coast. Nature’s best included cliff tops, blow holes, sea lions, and miles of wild beach. After 13 years living in New Zealand and traveling the world, I rarely feel completely at home, yet I did […]

Multnomah Falls: Another Reason to Fall in Love with Oregon

Multnomah Falls and Benson Foot bridge in Oregon

One look at Multnomah Falls and I knew why people fall in love with Oregon. It’s a short 30 mile drive east of Portland with easy parking and a short walk to this natural masterpiece on the Oregon side of the Columbia River. An Interesting Story from Wikipedia: On Labor Day in September 1995, a 400-ton boulder, loosened by erosion, fell […]

Tekapo: A Stunning South Island Lake – #AtoZ Postcards of NZ

Beautiful azure lake Tekapo on the South Island of New Zealand

T is for Tekapo . . .  or turquoise waters. Practical Information:  Lake Tekapo is one of three lakes in the Mackenzie basin on the South Island. It’s about halfway between the Christchurch and Queenstown Airports, making it an ideal stop to break up the six hour drive, or a destination on its own. Water from the lake is […]

Catlins Rainforest – New Zealand’s Often Missed South Coast

Purakaunui Falls in the Catlins Rainforest, South Island, New Zealand

It’s been eight years since we drove through the Catlins rainforest along the southern coast of New Zealand’s South Island. We have done a lot of traveling since then, yet the Catlins is still one of my favorite spots. Looking at the old photos, two things occur to me, first our girls have grown up […]

Cape Byron Headland Reserve, NSW, Australia

Cape Byron Headland Reserve, Byron Bay, Australia

We hiked in the Cape Byron Headland Reserve about five years ago, just before I began blogging. Today I am consolidating my photos onto one back-up disk (to keep off-site) and I came across this beautiful spot that I had nearly forgotten about in New South Wales, Australia. In 2010 we spent 6 weeks in […]

Photo: Cliffs at the Golden Hour in Okoromai Bay, Auckland

Golden hour on Okoromai Bay, Shakespear Park, Auckland New Zealand

Golden hour* on a cloudy night, the last bit of sunlight sneaking through and lighting up the cliff:   *Just before sunset the colors get softer and redder. Photographers call this the golden hour. To improve your golden hour photography check out these 5 Tips for Golden Hour Photography from the Digital Photography School. Last […]

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 […]

Weekend Travel Inspiration: Backroads

WTI Wanaka Backroads

Driving along the backroads of Wanaka on New Zealand’s South Island I stopped to capture the perfect moment. Later, looking at the photo it reminded me of a quote from Chinese author Ma Jian, “Everything I was I carry with me, everything I will be lies waiting on the road ahead.” ~ Ma Jian Whether […]

Kahikatea Swamp Forest Walk Along Ship Creek in New Zealand

Ship Creek swamp forest near Haast in New Zealand

The west coast of the South Island of New Zealand is nothing short of spectacular. Around every turn there seems to be a rare and hidden treasure. Along Ship Creek we found the ancient Kahikatea Swamp Forest.  It is considered to be New Zealand’s best example of a swamp forest.  I thinks it’s beautiful, even […]

Azure Waters and Swing Bridge at Hokitika Gorge, New Zealand

Hokitika Gorge in New Zealand

Hokitika Gorge, on the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand is one of those magical places I will remember forever.  Just in case, I took some photos: We didn’t go farther as around the next bend we noticed a ceremony releasing ashes into the water.  I can see why someone would want […]

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 […]

I Drank from the Fountain of Youth ~ #AtoZ AmaZing Photos

fountain of youth

The fountain of youth – myth or reality? According to folklore and our extremely youthful looking Norwegian guide, Tvindefossen Falls is it. Located somewhere between Flaam and Voss in Norway, we stopped, climbed and drank, using our hands to cup the water. Did it work? Maybe yes, maybe it’s just silly, but either way, it […]

Hubbard Glacier and Floating Icebergs in Alaska

hubbard glacier

It was truly amazing to get this close to Hubbard Glacier whilst on a cruise ship!  We were on the NCL Sun (Norwegian Cruise Lines).  The glacier itself was incredible. The blue color was so easy to see, much more so than the glaciers we have seen in either Norway or New Zealand. To be […]

Anchorage to Whittier – A Photo Journey (To The Cruise Ship)

Brown bear in Alaska

We like to make every journey an adventure, so when we discovered that the cruise ship leaves out of Whittier, a few hours from Anchorage, we hired a guide to get us from Anchorage to Whittier.  And not just any guide.  We hired Steve from Greatland Adventures who picked us up at 9am and dropped […]

Hiking Savage River Trail in Denali National Park, Alaska

Savage River IMG_4384

As we sat excitedly on the bus approaching Savage River Trail, we expected to find a wildly cascading, rapidly running savage river. Instead we found a gently flowing stream, named after Tom Savage, in the foreground of some of the oldest rock formations on the North American continent, estimated to be 600 million to a […]

The Meeting of the Seas: Cape Reinga, the Top of the North Island

the meeting of the seas

At Cape Reinga, the top of  New Zealand’s North Island is the meeting of the seas.  The Pacific flows down from the northeast, while the Tasman sea flows in from the northwest.  It’s very close to New Zealand’s most northern point and a stunning place to stand. Cape Reinga is considered to be the most […]

Stunning Russell New Zealand, Once the Hell Hole of the Pacific

Hell Hole of the pacific

We opted to take a passenger ferry from Paihia to Russell New Zealand as a day trip while we traveled around the top of the Island. It’s quick, comfortable, and I love being out on the water. On our last visit we opted for the car ferry, however it’s a small town that can easily be walked, […]

Another Moroccan Waterfall Discovered As We Hike in the North

Moroccan Waterfall

A 40 minute detour on our way back to Fes took us to the trail head for another Moroccan waterfall, this one in Akchour. We gave our driver a bit extra to take us there. Actually, it wasn’t that simple. As we drove towards the parking area we were stopped by someone who wanted to […]

Barbary Macaque at Cascade D’Ouzoud: A Moroccan Waterfall

Morocco waterfall

Just three hours north of Marrakesh is a spectacular waterfall – Cascade D’Ouzoud.  The hills surrounding it are loaded with greedy little barbary macaque.  They are old world monkeys, a species of macaque found outside of Asia with a vestigial tail. Once we spotted one, we saw them everywhere. They are quite adorable, but wild so we kept […]

A Stunning Drive Through the Todra and Dades Gorge, Morocco

todra and dades gorge

Morocco is just so filled with beauty.  Around every corner there is paradise, and our drive through both Todra and Dades Gorge was no exception. Actually, this was two days of travel. Two days to complete what could have been a one hour drive had we not stopped, often. We were in awe of this: […]

Photos of Essaouira Sunset, Our Favorite Morocco Beach Town

Essaouira Morocco

We are in the beautiful seaside town of Essaouira, Morocco in North Africa.  It may be 31 of October, but there is definitely NO  Halloween here, just a beautiful Essaouira Sunset every night, perfect for Wordless Wednesday.  It’s a travel photographer’s dream to have such stunning scenery every night. Essaouira Sunset Did you enjoy these Essaouira […]

Stavanger Norway Huge Fjords and Home to the Nobel Peace Prize

Stavanger Norway1

I am loving looking at Norway! (Although, I am still struggling with supporting an economy that serves whale). We are now in the port of Stavanger Norway, and it has finally allowed darkness overnight. (When we were further north, even though the sun set for a few hours, darkness never came.) Today we took a […]

Bergen Norway Offering View from Above and an Historical Village

Bergen Norway

Bergen is stunning, a magical town that caught me by surprise. Not always good surprise, but it kept me on my toes. Bergen is the second largest city in Norway. Arriving via MSC cruise ship, we opted not to do an official excursion from the ship, but rather to do things on our own. Visually, we were in […]

Flam, Norway: Waterfalls and the Fountain of Youth

Flam Norway

As we continued to cruise north along the Norwegian coast towards Flåm the days got longer, until it was never dark outside. The sun did dip just below the horizon for a few hours in the middle of the night, but it remained dusk. For a moment I wished that we had an interior cabin […]