Livingstone, Zambia and Chobe National Park, Botswana

When I planned my Africa trip I left the middle part blank.  I knew I’d need a change of pace after the highly-scheduled overland tour from Cape Town to Victoria Falls, but I… Continue reading

From Ghanzi, Botswana to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

On our first night after crossing into Botswana we stayed at a campsite where a group of San bushmen performed a traditional dance around a fire.  I did my best to not dwell… Continue reading

From Namib-Naukluft National Park to Windhoek, Namibia

After Sossusvlei our group continued on to a relatively remote campsite just inside the eastern edge of Namib-Naukluft National Park.  Once we had our tents set up a local bushman guide took us… Continue reading

From Cape Town, South Africa to Sossusvlei, Namibia

I can’t say I enjoyed the 34 hours and three flights it took me to get from San Francisco to Cape Town, but a few inspiring moments eclipsed the standard indignities and discomforts… Continue reading

The Palouse, Washington

Imagine sand dunes rolling to the horizon in all directions.  Now replace the sand with meticulously cultivated farmland – gentle slopes of green, yellow, and brown – and you’re close to picturing the… Continue reading

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