What are we doing to ourselves?

Can you spot the difference between these two eggs? The obvious answer is size, but why am I feeling compelled to highlight this detail? One egg, the smaller of the two, is organic. The larger egg is cage free. The size difference is likely the byproduct of poultry exposed to growth hormones. The point of…

Lost for words

Not long after I left behind a brilliant holiday in England, life started happening fast… It was a bit like running down the street while blind folded during an earthquake — though I  was grateful there were directions to move in even if I was about to hit something somewhat unforgiving at full speed. What…

#truthuncovered

Traveling truth: “You will never be completely at home again, because part of your heart always will be elsewhere. That is the price you pay for the richness of loving and knowing people in more than one place.” ― Miriam Adeney And I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Reflections from the road

Life on the road happens fast. One day you’re at McDonald’s happily hogging their free WiFi and chomping chicken nuggets …. And the next day you’re in the bush being terrorized by little blood-sucking fiends (bugs, mostly), wishing your mobile phone had just one more bar of signal to allow a connection to Facebook. While traveling,…

Mt. Cook and the Southern Alps

As I head to Mt. Cook, the weather turns overcast and rainy …. This gorgeous aquamarine lake with a faint rainbow (to the right) is the last thing we see before heading into the mist: I am disappointed about the gloomy weather as I am only staying in the mountains overnight before making my way to…

Mitre Peak: Cashews Don’t Do It Justice

The Deep South is much cooler than the rest of New Zealand, and I’ve started dreaming of the much warmer tropical climate of my intended working-holiday destination in Australia: Cairns. None-the-less, I embark on a boat cruise to explore Milford Sound and see Mitre Peak — set in glacial hanging valleys and reported by some…

Queenstown: A Majestic Blur

Queenstown is located on the shore of Lake Wakatipu and surrounded by the breathtaking Majestic Mountains; it is by far my favorite place in New Zealand! With Lake Wakatipu and the mountains at my fingertips, I had the opportunity to kayak, take a boat cruse, ride a gondola into the mountains, go parasailing and go…

Just Passing Through: Lake Wanaka

Lake Wanaka is nothing short of picturesque. With a surprisingly robust number of shops and restaurants, Wanaka is a great place to spend some time. Even when it snows, the area offers great fun in the mountains for those who enjoy winter sports. As amazing as this place is, I am pushing onward to Queenstown.

Quick Stop: The Blue Pools

Do not adjust your computer monitor, the water pictured is shown in true color! The Blue Pools are located along Haast Pass heading toward Lake Wanaka and Queenstown, and they are a brilliant sight! Now for a little science: If you’re wondering how the Blue Pools maintain their vibrant color, you can thank finely ground…

Franz Joseph: Don’t Forget About Fox!

Franz Joseph is a quaint little town — so small in fact that I was told I could drink myself under the table and try to get get lost on the walk home and fail at … well … failing. I didn’t feel the need to conduct such an experiment since it quickly became apparent that…

Quick Stop: Pancake Rocks

On the way down the West Coast, headed toward Franz Joseph from Abel Tasman National Park, I passed through Punakaiki and saw the famous pancake rocks. These curious limestone rock formations have been sculpted over time by the wind and sea. It has also been said that these formations are in danger of disappearing in…

Abel Tasman: Don’t Miss the FAT Tui

Abel Tasman National Park is a world heritage site and is definitely worth exploring for its golden beaches, granite sea cliffs, marine life and lush forest. I opted to hop in a kayak, since it’s one of the best ways to see and enjoy the park, and spent my day paddling around. While I was…