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

Ushuaia, Argentina

When my plane from El Calafate touched down in Ushuaia I was once again farther south than I’d ever been.  Ushuaia, on the shore of the Beagle Channel in Tierra del Fuego, calls… Continue reading

El Chalten, Argentina

El Chalten is a tiny town.  You can walk from one end to the other in 15 minutes.  And yet – thanks to its location at the base of an incredibly scenic mountain… Continue reading

El Calafate, Argentina

El Calafate’s big draw is the nearby Perito Moreno glacier, a massive wall of ice that – unlike many other glaciers – seems to be holding steady, neither advancing nor receding.  From the… Continue reading

Torres del Paine, Chile, Part 2

The worst part about sleeping in dorm rooms?  All the snoring.  In a six-person dorm you’re almost guaranteed to have at least two heavy snorers.  And I didn’t pack ear plugs.  By the… Continue reading

Torres del Paine, Chile, Part 1

It’s kind of fun to have no idea where I’m going next. With almost two months before the next sure thing on my calendar (a visit to Denver in December), I had plenty… Continue reading