Voyage South Africa—Port Elizabeth to Plettenberg Bay

We were already getting on another airplane after just two days in Jo’Burg. The next few days would be spent driving the Garden Route along South Africa’s southern coast. This part of the trip was added late in the game after I unearthed a mountain of information about the beautiful the coastline along the route. … Continue reading Voyage South Africa—Port Elizabeth to Plettenberg Bay

Southwest Summer Road Trip—Farmington to Santa Fe

We got into Farmington, NM just before the skies opened and unleashed a furry of rain. Scrambling towards the quiet downtown area, we got lost in plates full of steak and potatoes and glasses brimming with beer from 3 River Brewery. The brewery also owns a pizzeria, restaurant, distillery, and lounge on the same block. … Continue reading Southwest Summer Road Trip—Farmington to Santa Fe

Southwest Summer Road Trip—Monument Valley

The drive from Page, AZ to Farmington, NM was quintessential Southwest. The roads were long and sweeping. It was easy and comfortable to pull to the side of the road whenever you needed a breath or a picture. Instead of feeling like a slave to your car, there is a sense of control over the … Continue reading Southwest Summer Road Trip—Monument Valley

Southwest Summer Road Trip—Lower Antelope Canyon

We awoke to another light-flooded morning sky in the little town of Kanab. Our drive for the day was fairly short—just 1.5 hours to Page, AZ to hike through Lower Antelope Canyon. Before leaving town, we stopped at Kanab Creek Bakery (a “can’t miss” according to my mother who was there last year) for some … Continue reading Southwest Summer Road Trip—Lower Antelope Canyon

Southwest Summer Road Trip—Small Town Fireworks in Utah

Ahhhhhh…back on the road. It’s just like coming home. This trip was somewhat of an afterthought once we had secured dates for our bigger excursions in the spring and fall. I wasn’t sure I could go a year before coming back to the Southwest. July is far from an “ideal” time to visit Arizona, Utah, … Continue reading Southwest Summer Road Trip—Small Town Fireworks in Utah

Roaming Southwest—Taos High Road & Santa Fe Sky

It was nice to wake up in a real hotel room and not one that was one gust of wind from extinction. The air outside was brisk but it was also bright and inviting. I inhaled a full plate of hotel breakfast buffet food and several cups of coffee to prep for the day. Buzzing … Continue reading Roaming Southwest—Taos High Road & Santa Fe Sky

Roaming Southwest—Turquoise Trail to Santa Fe

Amidst howling wind and the intermittent shutoff of our motel’s ancient heater, I managed to get a bit of sleep. I moved the winter coat pressed against the motel door to block the draft and it was caked in fresh snow. So basically, it snowed inside our room. My heart ached for the check-out counter. … Continue reading Roaming Southwest—Turquoise Trail to Santa Fe

Roaming Southwest – Two Guns Ghost Town & Roadside Meteors

Rain drizzled onto our SUV as we drove towards the Airport Mesa Vortex, hoping to feel “energized”. The sky was ready to unleash onto our backs as we climbed to the top, less than 5 minutes from the parking lot. The walk was brief and ended on a small plateau surrounded by views. A vortex … Continue reading Roaming Southwest – Two Guns Ghost Town & Roadside Meteors

Roaming Southwest – Arizona Ghosts and Vortexes

I craved that bit of land full of desert plains, dusty roads, and mountain views. Despite my endless love of the Southwest, I don’t make it out there very often. My mom and brother set off for a month to tackle the region, a trend that has become more common each year. The need to … Continue reading Roaming Southwest – Arizona Ghosts and Vortexes

Traveling New Zealand: Quake City

The next day we made the journey from north to south—a 40 minute plane ride separated us from the southern island. Wellington’s airport was so small that security didn’t open until an hour before our flight took off. I made the mistake of waiting to get breakfast until we arrived, but after losing a battle … Continue reading Traveling New Zealand: Quake City