Te Ananui Cave: A Glowworm Cave Tour in New Zealand

After leaving Nelson, I headed over to New Zealand’s West Coast. I was tired of cities and towns and people and seeing the same things everywhere I went. After spending a day in Abel Tasman National Park, I just wanted to continue my time outdoors. I wanted to see more of the landscapes I had… Continue reading Te Ananui Cave: A Glowworm Cave Tour in New Zealand

Art Deco City: Exploring Napier’s Architecture

Napier is a city of just over 60,000 people in Hawke’s Bay, on the East Coast of New Zealand’s North Island. Being a coastal town, Napier has all of the tourist draws you would expect: beautiful weather, beach access, scenic views, charming cafes, and that overall relaxed vibe. But what Napier is really known for… Continue reading Art Deco City: Exploring Napier’s Architecture

Wai-O-Tapu: New Zealand’s Geothermal Wonderland

If you go to New Zealand for any length of time, you will at some point hear about its position as one of the major geothermal areas in the world. In Rotorua, you will hear about it (and see it) everywhere you go. You will also smell it. A visit to a museum or geothermal… Continue reading Wai-O-Tapu: New Zealand’s Geothermal Wonderland

Visiting New Zealand’s Cathedral Cove

Cathedral Cove is the most popular attraction in Hahei, and one of the most popular places on the Coromandel Peninsula. Tourists flock here by foot, kayak, tour boat, or water taxi to see the stunning scenery and rock formations. During high tide, water infiltrates the “Cathedral”, but during low tide you can walk through to… Continue reading Visiting New Zealand’s Cathedral Cove

Take a Ride on the Bridger Gondola in Teton Village

I lived across the street from Teton Village this past summer while working in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, but it took me over a month to make my way over there. I will be writing more about Teton Village later, but this post is about the Bridger Gondola. It’s one of the many popular attractions in… Continue reading Take a Ride on the Bridger Gondola in Teton Village

Searching for Orcas in the San Juan Islands, Washington

(Originally posted in August 2014) I wanted to be a marine biologist when I was in elementary school. I don’t know what it was about marine mammals that seemed so interesting to me, but I wanted to know more about them. My “dream career” path changed within a few years, and I definitely did not… Continue reading Searching for Orcas in the San Juan Islands, Washington