Waipio Valley – Hawaii’s Valley of the Kings

Waipio Valley – Hawaii’s Valley of the Kings

I’ve come to the end of the road. Literally. Highway 240 dead-ends and the land falls away to the ocean almost 2,000 feet below. With its jungle-covered, emerald cliffs, dropping straight down to the Pacific, pretty much everything about the Hamakua Coast on the north shore of Hawaii’s Big Island is spectacular. But at a […]

Hawaii Inter-island Travel: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Hawaii Inter-island Travel: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Aloha! Welcome to Paradise! The Hawaiian archipelago is the most isolated in the world and contains over 100 islands.  Of course, not all of those are populated or accessible.  But the eight main islands each have their own “personality” and are all worthy of a visit. But how does Hawaii inter-island travel work? Sadly, the […]

Pittock Mansion – A Piece of Portland’s History

Pittock Mansion – A Piece of Portland’s History

I arrive at the side door of the Pittock Mansion, a historic French Chateau in Portland’s West Hills and knock on the door.  Even though this house-turned-museum is currently closed, I am allowed in, which makes me feel special.  Once in the door, I take in the grandeur of the surroundings, the gleaming white marble, the […]

Swiftwatch: Urban Birdwatching in Portland

Swiftwatch: Urban Birdwatching in Portland

It’s the kind of event that could make the average Portlander (if they weren’t flexible from all that yoga) dislocate a shoulder from patting themselves on the back for how cool their city is.  Even in my state of I-don’t-really-belong-in-my-home-town cynicism, I have to admit that this is pretty special.  An incredible natural display in […]