Flight booked Sydney, AU to Christchurch, NZ

Apr 11, 2012 Comments Off by
Today after much debating, I finally decided on the date I would fly from Sydney to New Zealand. In the end I decided to spend more time in New Zealand than in Australia. There were a number of flight choices that were quite attractive. The two that intrigued me the most were flying Emirates A380 […]

2012 Flight Purchased: to Sydney, AU via Auckland, NZ

Mar 09, 2012 Comments Off by
Last Friday I had received approval for my vacation time off for the month of September. With this last step in place it was time to take the next step; purchase the airline tickets. I researched my options well enough. It seemed clear that the best deal was going to be a non-American carrier (ie: […]

Destination 2012: Australia

Feb 01, 2012 Comments Off by
So a couple of years ago I had a great response to a survey I sent out asking where people thought I should go next. At the time, Turkey had won the vote.... and Turkey is where I traveled to. Then I asked for the next one, and Chile rocked the vote; though, I did […]

Majestic Iguazu Falls

Jan 14, 2012 Comments Off
After leaving the cool, windy Patagonian steppe it was off to the heat of northeastern Argentina - Iguazu. Straddling the border between Argentina & Brazil lies the world wonder, Iguazu Falls. The falls, stretching an area of approximately 2 km in length, are often considered one of the most awe inspiring sights on the entire […]
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Argentine Patagonia

Jan 06, 2012 Comments Off
After hiking Torres del Paine it was time to head on into Argentina. I had spent one more day in Puerto Natales recuperating from the hike and had some laundry done. As I was boarding the bus to Argentina I was talking to the bus driver and he was telling me about a fire in […]
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Trekking the W+ in Torres del Paine (Days 4 & 5)

Dec 28, 2011 2 Comments
This part is still being written, so hold onto your hats while it's completed. Day 4 26-December-2011 Distance: 20,5 km (12,7 miles) Time: 7-hours Route: Campamento Italiano to Refugio Chileno Today was my hardest day. I was up really early, had a quick breakfast, packed up my tent and was on the trail by 6:00. […]
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Trekking the W+ in Torres del Paine (Days 1-3)

Dec 28, 2011 Comments Off
Located at the far reaches of the earth lies Patagonia. An intense, windswept region teeming with gorgeously dramatic mountains, enormous glaciers, vibrant lakes, glacial rivers and of course, strong Patagonian winds. Patagonian winds that are so strong that often leave living fauna bent into submission. The region of Patagonia, shared by both Chile & Argentina, […]
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Mana move the Moai

Dec 21, 2011 Comments Off
The last few days on Rapa Nui were spent trying to discover the answers to my questions: 1.) why were the moai created and 2) how were they transported across the island. The first part of the question was easily answered, in that, they were ceremonial locations for the dead kings. Once the king/chief passed […]
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‘Iorana Rapa Nui

Dec 15, 2011 2 Comments
Many greetings from Easter Island. Located at just over 2,500 miles from the continent of South America, Easter Island is like nowhere else on earth. It is historically intriguing, culturally compelling and scenically magical, this tiny little island looks like it's fallen off another planet. often considered one of the remotest inhabited islands in the […]
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Photo Essay: The Hermitage

Oct 29, 2011 Comments Off
Located in Saint Petersburg, Russia, the State Hermitage is a museum with a vast collection of art and culture. It is one of the largest and oldest museums in the world, being founded in 1764 by Catherine the Great, and has been open to the public since 1852. Parts of the museum are housed in […]
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Fall is in the Air

Oct 15, 2011 3 Comments
Fall is my favorite time of the year. The crisp, cool air and the beautiful, vibrant colors of the leaves on the trees. The following are a few photos taken at the Minnehaha Falls area along the Mississippi River in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota.
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