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Three Sisters, thousands of adoring fans

LEURA, AUSTRALIA — An old friend made an appearance today: the sun. It peeked through the clouds and rain stayed away, so we could explore the Blue Mountains’ main attraction.  Continue reading “Three Sisters, thousands of adoring fans”

Day sail in a French town

AKAROA, NEW ZEALAND — We knew we wanted to do a day trip today, but didn’t know where to go. Continue reading “Day sail in a French town”

Hiking at the foot of Mount Cook

TWIZEL, NEW ZEALAND — The hiking gods must have read our post, because we had a perfect day at Aoraki, a.k.a. Mount Cook National Park. Continue reading “Hiking at the foot of Mount Cook”

Hiking in Frodo’s footsteps

TONGARIRO NATIONAL PARK, NEW ZEALAND — Today, we hiked the Tongariro Alpine Crossing in this national park, which stood in for Mordor in the “Lord of the Rings” movies. Continue reading “Hiking in Frodo’s footsteps”

Into the volcano — again

VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK, HAWAII — We got up before sunrise today and hiked a half-mile on a trail from the campground to the Jagger museum overlook. There were more steam vents visible than yesterday and the lava in the caldera emitted a lot of ash this morning, which turned orange with the rising sun. Continue reading “Into the volcano — again”

Leaving paradise

HO’OKENA BEACH, HAWAII —One last breakfast, one last swim and then it’s time to vacate our ocean paradise for a fiery national park. Continue reading “Leaving paradise”

From big city to beach camping

KONA, HAWAII — Turns out traffic in paradise can be hell. After a breakfast of  French toast made with Punalu’u sweet bread, caramelized apples and cinnamon gastrique, we stopped at Costco to pick up supplies.

Continue reading “From big city to beach camping”

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