The first star at Mauna Kea
Life in the Kīlauea Iki Crater
Flows to the ocean
Sunrise at the Steam Vents
Good Morning Mauna Loa
Pu'uhonua O Hōnaunau
A big island with a little bit of everything. We couldn't have predicted our most memorable moments, like meeting two friendly Hawaiian musicians or having a frog in the toilet of our outdoor bathroom.
A small window into Kalalau Valley
Hiking the Kalalau Trail
Nā Pali Coast
Hanalei Valley and its poi farms
Glimpse of Kohola
Adventure and relaxation bundled into one small pretty island.
First of many sunrises
Walking the Lanikai Pillboxes
Honolulu from Koko Crater
Byōdō-in Number 2
Malls of Waikiki
Our first taste of paradise, where the vacation days made us forget about work and the working days didn't feel like work.
The great pinecone drop to welcome 2020
Ending the year and starting a another in two outdoorsy communities.
The A-shaped Upper Antelope Canyon
A city with much beauty hidden from view until it's right in front of you.
Sunrise upon the buttes
Horses in front of Three Sisters
I'm pretty tired. Think I'll go home now.
Incredible scenery with a remarkable sunrise and sunset.
White House Ruin
Single digit weather and icy roads let us experience the park nearly alone, albeit often with frozen toes and fingers!
Petrified wood, looks like space rock.
Layers and wood of Blue Mesa
White blanketed most of the park and sky, but fortunately it was not enough to stop the colors of the park from showing.
Walking Hwaseong Fortress
Suwon from the high point
Perched on the walls watching sunset
A day in the walled city to walk off all the food consumed earlier so that room could be made for even more.
Dorasan Train Station, now unfortunately the northern most stop
The Joint Security Area
A peek into the scenery North Korea
An educational trip out to the Korean Demilitarized Zone where life is quite different.
Cheonggyecheon Stream early in the morning
Grand entrance of Gyeongbokgung Palace
Not so secret garden of Changgyeonggung Palace
Train tracks into Seoul Station
Bukchon Hanok Village
Up on Namsan Mountain
Hot and humid weather paired with spicy food and large crowds! Seoul was an expansive city with all sorts of unique sights to see.
Sukhbaatar Square, unexpectedly modern
Statue in Gandantegchinlen Monastery
Nights in Ulaanbaatar are apparently always festive
Recovering in a capital that felt almost foreign to the rest of the country.
A monk in the Erdene Zuu Monastery
Puppy guarding the temple, but mostly sleeping
Horseback in Khugnu Tarna
Above Erdene Khamba Monastery
Wrapping up our time in nomadic Mongolia in the boundless steppes by the ancient capital. Eight glorious days of no internet and no shower was therapeutic.
One of two rainbows
Sunrise at the Flaming Cliffs
River by the ruins of Ongi Monastery
We were well accustomed by this point to sleeping in gers, driving long distances on bumpy unpaved roads, and the heavy mutton diet. However, the dynamic landscapes continued to surprise us day after day.
At the opening of Yol Valley
Pikas, always with a mouthful of food
A curious camel
Soviet vans all built like tanks
Made our way into the Gobi Desert where the sunsets, sunrises, and most of all the stargazing were unrivaled to any seen before.
The gigantic Chinggis Khan Statue
Turtle Rock, soon to be climbed through a small crack
Telerj down from the Ariyapala Meditation Center
White Stupa is more than white
Sunrise among the camels
Goats guarding the outhouse
A wet and muddy start to the trip, but the sun came out when we needed it most. Got our first look at the steppes and deserts of this spacious country.
Diablo Lake on a blinding day
Took a sweet nap over the sounds of Thunder Creek
North Cascades Highway
Life is good when the your long drive just happens to pass through some impressive mountain ranges.
Huffing and puffing while Nordic skiing
Porcupine hiding in tree
First time fat biking and Nordic skiing in the same weekend, all under clear skies in fresh snow. Nightly hot tub sessions were an added bonus!
Trillium lake frozen all the way through
Bridge of the gods with winds raging like the gods
Winter wonderland at Multnomah Falls
Downtown with a solid backdrop
Good food and drink as always, followed by a nice loop around imposing Mount Hood.
Sweeping views of houses and cacti
Post race hiking to stretch out the legs. The desert has its charm!
Bourbon Street tamed by the rain
We came for the food
Kayaking through the swamp
An animated city with a rich cuisine that always led to an indulgence of too much food too late into the night.
South Congress down to the capitol
Luminations at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Colorado River from the Austin Public Library
A far away city with a close feeling of home. It really is the California of Texas.
Fall colors all the way up
Texas from Guadalupe Peak
Made our way up to the so-called Top of Texas for some refreshing elevation.
Emerald Lake, one drop at a time
Bat flight amphitheater
A humongous cave with countless chambers and a fascinating backstory. Still, the highlight has to be witnessing a few hundred thousand bats streaming out of the cave. Unforgettable spectacle!
El Paso and Juárez shortly after sunset
Empty lot at park opening
San Andres Mountains hovering over
Solid barbecue in El Paso and some fun in the dunes that ended in a sledding contest.
Port of Newport, busy with fisherman in the early hours
Usual fog engulfing the Otter Crest Loop
One of many gray whales spotted at Depoe Bay
Mushrooms on Cascade Head Trail
Cannon Beach from Ecola State Park
Ending the trip with a sunset at Astoria
Took an easygoing trip up the northern half of the Oregon Coast. It came complete with whale watching, crabbing, breweries, a cheese factory, a shipwreck, and of course bits of fog and rain.
The handy "L"
Buckingham Fountain in Grant Park
Strolling the Chicago Riverwalk
Skyline and coastline from the Sears Tower
Caught Chicago in its summer mood, taking full advantage of the warmth with festival-filled parks and loaded beaches.
Key West sunset
The mighty Fort Jefferson
Moat protecting this middle of nowhere fort
Dry Tortugas, a long way from home
Headed as far south as we could go and then hopped on a boat to the lonely Dry Tortugas.
Stay safe little guy
Biking the Shark Valley loop of the Everglades
Just a couple of the hundred plus alligators we saw on this trail
Loop Road Scenic Drive
More alligators at Big Cypress National Preserve
Both parks definitely give you the sticky swampy Florida experience, but are so worth it with the endless wildlife that you can see up close.
Poking out at Convoy Point
Boca Chita Key
Fake lighthouse with a ridiculous backstory
A park that is 95% water cannot be seen without a boat ride to an island.
Wakodahatchee Wetlands rowdy with birds calling during nesting season
Space Shuttle Atlantis OV-104
Astronaut Joe Tanner explaining the important things
Took a tranquil drive up along the water with a few surprise stops. Finally fulfilled every kid's dream of seeing a spaceship and meeting an astronaut.
Miami Beach at peace while the Spring Breakers are still snoozing
Inside the lighthouse at Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park
A city with a continuous stretch of bright blue coast and hearty Cuban cuisine sprinkled all over.
Frigid, but sunny walk through Central Park
Times Square, is the sun out?
New York Public Library, a giant study hall with no books
Brooklyn Bridge with the famous skyline
High Line wind tunnel
First time in the city that really never sleeps with its limitless selection of late night eateries. Hit up many of the iconic stops all over town with the help of the expansive subway.
Snow up in the High Atlas Mountains
Driving over the Tizi N'Tichka mountain pass
Ksar Aït Ben Haddou
Sunset camel ride in the Sahara
Stargazing in the dunes
It was a long trip through the mountains and into the desert, but it was absolutely worth it. Stunning sights, frigid mornings, new friends, and food that will be missed.
Souks, where everyone will sell you anything and everything
Olives, best with khobz
A city with an labyrinth of an old medina. It was at times exhausting, but no doubt an astonishing experience.
The colossal Hassan II Mosque
Sunrise over the coastal city
Can't ask for a better start to the day
A hectic city with a marvelous mosque.
Windmills of Zaanse Schans
How windmills work?
Just a little ways from the city were some historic windmills mixed with small workshops and stores. Strong gusts shouldn't have been a surprise, but the arrival of snow certainly was!
Frigid nights in the canals
This busy city made for a lively stroll day and especially night. Check twice for bikes!
Walking up Drachenfels
BEWARE OF DRAGONS
Although the promised castle was nowhere to be seen due to the dense fog, the upside was a spooky desolate walk in the mountains.
Display of Aachener Printens
Aachen's Christmas Market
Spent most of the day relaxing at a divine thermal spa. An all time high was reached in the sauna room when a staff member came in unannounced and pulled out fresh baked cookies from what looked to be an ordinary heater.
Inside Cologne Cathedral
Along The Rhine
Christmas market with a towering cathedral backdrop
Ice skating at Old Town Christmas market
Christmas market at the Market of Angels
The dreary mood from perpetual rain and gray skies were promptly forgotten upon entering a German Christmas market. All kinds of comfort foods could be found in the numerous stalls and breweries.
Church of San Giorgio Maggiore
The infamous gondolas of Venice
The Grand Canal from Rialto Bridge
The pedestrian city provided plenty of path to wander day and night.
Dawn at the sands of Monterosso
Arriving at Vernazza
School of fish in the clear blue waters
Corniglia sits a little higher than the rest
Sunset at Riomaggiore
Manarola lit up at night
The night sky stood clear in Cinque Terre
These five tranquil towns made it easy to hop around with its connected hiking trails and train tracks.
Ruins of Pompeii with Mount Vesuvius sitting eerily behind it
Margherita pizza from Antica Pizzeria da Michele
I had learned the story of Pompeii in school, but it was different to see it up close and even go up the volcano that caused it all. Somehow, the highlight of the day was still pizza from its birthplace!
An unexpected visit from Pope Francis
Looking down on St. Peter's Basilica from its dome
St. Peter's Square busy as always
Forum of Caesar
Crowds could be found in every direction, but all for good reason.
Affordable charcuterie like this one provided countless on the go snacking and lunches
Rock formations of Montserrat
At the top of Sant Jeroni
Sunset shining through the Sagrada Familia
This lively city was filled with many foods to try. Took a little escape to the nearby mountains for a hike.
Beaches of Málaga
Lively night at the beachfront
The mellow coastal city was perfect for catching our breath.
Silent morning at Generalife
Hills of Albayzín
Meticulous architecture of the Nasrid Palaces
Sunset landing on Alhambra
The flashy Basilica of San Juan de Dios
Sacromonte Caves Museum
Alhambra was certainly something else, but getting to call Albayzín home for a few days was unbeatable.
Courtyard of the Maidens
Dome of the Hall of Ambassadors
Plaza de España
Christopher Columbus' tomb
Seville Cathedral from its Giralda bell tower
This big city had several enormous sights to take in. A tasty home cooked meal at the hostel kept us moving.
The Mezquita empty during mass
Red and white arches of the mosque
Puente Nuevo from the El Tajo gorge
Outskirts of town
Two short stops that left quite the impression. Wandered through the Jewish Quarters of Córdoba and the pueblos blancos of Old Ronda.
Inside of Almudena Cathedral
Nights end much later in the Malasana neighborhood
Quiet sunrise at the Temple of Debod
March for peace during times of tension between Catalonia and the rest of Spain
The nation's capital offered much history and bustling squares.
Fireworks over Coors Field
Spotted Independence Day fireworks all around town and got to try some Rocky Mountain "oysters".
Changing of seasons in front of Long's Peak
Never Summer mountain range from along the Continental Divide
The Loch Lake
Looking back on the Old Fall River Road
Estes Park, base of the Rockies and home for a few days
Saint Malo's Chapel on the Rock with Mount Meeker in the background
The air was thin, but the surroundings from above were magnificent and the alpine lakes were gorgeous. It is a park full of wildlife. Marmots emerging from their burrows, elk endlessly chewing away at the meadows, and even two bighorn sheep dashing down the mountain.
Family of cacti
No shortage of cactus here and no limit in their sizes either! Too hot for humans and even the adorable javelinas.
Sunset right by downtown at Papago Park
Looking down from Piestewa Peak
Beat the heat with daily swims in a fantastic pool. Unfortunately, it was not quite toasty enough to fry an egg outside.
Jacques Cartier Bridge glowing at night
Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal
Fortifications of Québec
Plains of Abraham
The French cities provided the best bites of the trip and remnants of some older times.
Flash thunderstorms left some eerie clouds over Byward Market
Ottawa and Gatineau
Library of Parliament
The capital city was a pleasant surprise! Weather was wacky, but the skies cleared enough to spare a bike ride to Gatineau.
A busy morning at St. Lawrence Market
The iconic CN Tower from Parliament Square Park
Storm brewing over Niagara Falls
The Scarborough Bluffs along Lake Ontario
The sprawling metropolis offered several urban parks, hot dog stands on every corner, and a quick train ride to Niagara.
Beaches of La Union
Hike to Tangandan Falls
From the top of Taal Volcano
Amazing hospitality with food and more food around Manila. Took two short trips in opposite directions: a quaint beach town and the world's smallest active volcano.
Zhinan Temple on a rainy day
Taroko Gorge from the cliffs on the Zhuilu Old Trail
Daylily flower on Liushidanshan
Rice paddies in the Chishang Township
Visited the usual spots and a few new places around Taipei. Finished with a trip down the quieter eastern side of the island.
Stinky tofu. Heaven
Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall
Sunshine Bridge at night
New Years fireworks at Taipei 101 from the Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall
Celebrated New Years with relatives. Nice relaxing way to end the trip.
Wat Arun from across the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok
Sunset at Ao Nang
Ate everything in Bangkok until I scored food poisoning, then recovered on the beach over Christmas.
Shwedagon Pagoda of Yangon
Yangon train station
Ancient pagodas of Bagan at sunrise
Mount Popa Monastery from Mount Popa volcano
Trek from Kalaw to Inle Lake
Home for a night
Trek from Kalaw to Inle Lake
Trek from Kalaw to Inle Lake
Trek from Kalaw to Inle Lake
Fishermen in Inle Lake
Cooking with Bamboo Delight Cooking School in Nyaung Shwe
Sunset at U Bein Bridge in Mandalay
Amazing country, people, landscapes, and food. Easily the highlight of my trip.
Lor Mee from Old Airport Hawker Center
Gardens by the Bay
Man praying inside the Masjid Sultan on Arab Street
Sim Lim Square electronic goods
Miles and miles of walking paired with plates and plates of food.
Bun mountain on display at the Hong Kong Museum of History
Xiao Long Bao at Crystal Jade
Victoria Harbor at night
Much to eat and see. Stays lively through the night.
Fort Worth Botanic Garden
Texas State Fair in Dallas
Texas State Fair...deep fried everything! Also fantastic BBQ and big houses.
Attended a lovely wedding and saw bits of downtown St. Louis. First time seeing the Mississippi River.
Mount Fuji seen from the Shinkansen
Snow fall at the Nagoya train station
Sunny day at the Kyoto train station
Welcoming tanuki in Uji
Delicious gyoza in Fukuoka
Explored Japan from Tokyo to Kagoshima all thanks to the marvelous bullet train. Met up with old friends and coincidentally even the parents for some memorable moments. Unforgettable trip! Mouth still waters thinking about the kurobuta katsu, motsunabe, and sukiyaki.
Walking through the forest at Alishan National Park
"Sea of Clouds" in Yushan National Park
A year of steps
Looking down on Sun Moon Lake from Wenwu Temple
Journeyed out to the high mountains of the island for some fresh, but cold air.
Releasing a sky lantern in Pingxi
Squeaky clean Taipei Metro train
A winter visit to Taiwan translates to sightseeing around Taipei with stops at all the hot springs.
Eternal Spring Shrine
Train bento museum!
Water buffalo seen while biking around Guanshan
Luye Gaotai. Unfortunately, weather prevented the hot air balloons from going up
Train tracks along the eastern coast
Finally a chance to explore more of Taiwan. Adventure packed days as we took our time traveling down the country.
Shilin night market. Filled with food, people, and more food
Kenting, the southern tip of Taiwan
My two second homes on opposite sides of the island with entirely opposite environments.
Daibutsu of Kōtoku-in
On our way to Enoshima
Empty waterpark from our barren hotel in Oiso
A welcome retreat out of the big city to explore a bit of the coast.
One Piece revealed in the Tokyo Skytree
Super Potato, a retro video game store in Akihabara
Gundam protecting Daiba
Amazing seafood at a local spot
Got a perfect introduction to this massive city that somehow remains orderly and sparkling clean.