Milford Track: The Finest Walk in the World

Milford Track: The Finest Walk in the World

Is Milford Track  really the finest walk in the world? You’ll have to judge that for yourself. But it is one New Zealand’s Great Walks (a designation given by the New Zealand Department of Conversation for comfortable, multi-day, walking trails). And if New Zealand says it’s a Great Walk, it’s probably a great walk. Every […]

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 […]

Another Chick on the Wall –  Hiking the Great Wall from Jinshanling to Simatái

Another Chick on the Wall – Hiking the Great Wall from Jinshanling to Simatái

The thing about the Great Wall is, it’s great.  There are a lot of different places to see it.  I wanted to do more than see it.  I wanted to experience it.  But how do you experience a wall? Hoping for something a little more authentic than clinging to a handrail and trying to dodge […]

Las Pozas: Surreal Oasis in the Mexican Jungle

Las Pozas: Surreal Oasis in the Mexican Jungle

What would happen if the offspring of MC Escher bred with the offspring of Salvador Dali and their child grew up to study art, architecture and landscape design before taking lots of drugs and heading off into the Mexican jungle? Well, I don’t really know what would happen.  But it would probably be a lot […]

The Ants Go Marching…and Cutting, and Farming

The Ants Go Marching…and Cutting, and Farming

Meandering along the trail in the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary & Jaguar Preserve in Belize, I found myself wishing I had an extra pair of eyeballs – one set to watch where I’m going (I’m a terrible klutz), and another pair to take in the scenery. The dense, broadleaf forest offered a feast for the […]

In the Presence of Her Majesty, Mother Nature, Atop the Banaue Rice Terraces

In the Presence of Her Majesty, Mother Nature, Atop the Banaue Rice Terraces

I didn’t want to make the trip, almost succeeded in avoiding it, which I would have regretted! There were a lot of challenges coordinating the trip and I was milking all the reasons not to go. I mean who looks forward to business trips where you go to interesting places, don’t get to do anything […]