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Cruising the Whitsundays

I’m a very visual person. Even photo-obsessed. Let’s just say I eat images for breakfast. This means if I see a photo, video, or even read a book about a place, I tend to file it away in my head for future trip planning. Frequently I end up visiting places that once inspired me by [...]

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Fire and Ice on Franz Josef Glacier

I have no shame in admitting I’m an opportunist. When I see the possibility or chance of doing something epic, something awesome, something once-in-a-lifetime-that-might-not-be-there-if-you-wait, I take it. Well, better put I grab onto that chance with both hands and never let go, Jack Dawson-style. Life is short, take chances. But I digress. Now if there [...]

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Queensland in Color

Fresh off the boat from 3 weeks over in Queensland, Australia, and my mind is still reeling. Where to begin? From the soft hustle and bustle of Brisbane and the Gold Coast to the heady silence of the Daintree Rainforest, from neverending sprawl of the Great Barrier Reef to the sheer remoteness of Cooktown in [...]

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The Legend of Milford Sound

The Māori name for Milford Sound is Piopiotahi, meaning one single piopio, which unfortunately is now an extinct bird in New Zealand. That happened a lot here. Many of New Zealand’s great birds went extinct after humans discovered the islands and introduced predators, ruining everything. But back to the story. There once was a great Polynesian [...]

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