Olympic National Park and the Columbia River Gorge, Washington and Oregon

The timing of my trips to the Pacific Northwest has always been off.  The Palouse area of eastern Washington and the waterfalls of the Columbia River Gorge are incredibly photogenic in late spring,… Continue reading

Colorado, New Mexico, and California

In late April I flew to Denver for a father-son road trip.  My dad suggested New Mexico as our destination, so we drove to Taos for a night and then dropped down to… Continue reading

Nicaragua

I had at least three conversations that went like this… “Where are you going next?” someone would ask. “Nicaragua.” A thoughtful pause.  “Why Nicaragua?” In the US, where our primary association with Nicaragua… Continue reading

South Island, New Zealand, Part 2

As a big fan of Jokulsarlon – an incredible glacier-filled lagoon in Iceland – I had high hopes for Tasman Lake in Mount Cook National Park.  The Tasman Glacier calves directly into the… Continue reading

South Island, New Zealand, Part 1

New Zealand is full of quirks and idiosyncrasies we hadn’t expected.  Many of the bathroom sinks are comically tiny.  At restaurants you always go up to the counter to pay instead of settling your… Continue reading

North Island, New Zealand

Marie and I took a first look at the Toyota minivan that would serve as our transportation and sometimes-home for two weeks in New Zealand.  We hadn’t expected it to be quite so… Continue reading

Yasawa Islands, Fiji

My goals in Fiji were modest and my plan was simple.  I’d stay in a hotel near the Nadi airport on my first and last nights, and in between I’d spend three days… Continue reading

Upolu, Samoa

Rain fell almost constantly during my stay in Samoa, everything from mild sprinkles to ominous storms blowing angry sheets of horizontal water.  The weather made it difficult to warm up to Samoa, no pun… Continue reading

Ofu, American Samoa

Ofu Beach is the closest I’ll ever get to tropical paradise. An endless stretch of soft, white sand.  Palm trees waving gently in the ocean breeze.  Jungle-covered mountains shaped like shark’s teeth rising… Continue reading

Pago Pago, American Samoa

So far the most challenging part of my traveling-instead-of-working life has been avoiding excessive laziness between trips.  For most of January I puttered around Marie’s place in Mountain View and over-consumed media.  Marie… Continue reading