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2008-03-03 17:11 - Making Bookings for the Trip of a Lifetime

We're about two months away from embarking on a two-month trip that will probably be the trip of our lives. It encompasses a round-the-world trip with most of the time spent in New South Wales and Queensland, Australia with the majority of the trip focusing on Zambia, Tanzania, Kenya, and Uganda. There is also a final leg to see the Pyramids in Egypt.

Originally, this trip was also supposed to involve Tugela Falls in South Africa and Maletsunyane Falls in Lesotho. Unfortunately, a severe drought and logistical issues forced us to remove those excursions from our intended itinerary.

The bookings are also late because there was recently an agreement signed between the warring tribes in Kenya, which gave us a little more confidence in finally moving forward with the booking over there.

None of the Australia bookings have been made yet. We figured we're quite familiar with Oz and we had to get the uncertainty of Africa out of the way first.

In any case, things have been awfully hectic at home these days trying to reconcile this big trip while trying to stay afloat in our professions.

Complex trip? You bet.

Cheap? No way!

Is it worth it? We hope so.

Sometimes, you have to go out of your comfort zone to truly be rewarded. For better or for worse, we're pressing forward...


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2008-03-07 10:20 - New World of Waterfalls Banner

After over a year (gee, has it been that long already?) of using a pretty standard (more like boring) banner, I finally had a little bit of time to change things up a little bit. The result is a newer, more dynamic banner that hopefully communicates better what we're all about - waterfalls!

Check it out and we'd like to hear what you think. [read more]

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2008-03-25 17:49 - Moloka'i Ranch Closes After Bitter Dispute

If you've been following the battle between the Moloka'i Community and Moloka'i Ranch over proposed luxury developments at La'au Point (as we have since visiting Moa'ula Falls in Halawa Valley), it's easy to see just how contentious this issue is.

In the latest turn of events in this bitter struggle, it appears that Moloka'i Ranch has waved the white flag. But in doing so, they've also closed the property resulting in job losses. This turn of events is bittersweet for opponents of La'au Point development because while Moloka'i can stay Moloka'i (both in terms of nature and lifestyle), the island's already high unemployment and slow economy looks to worsen as Moloka'i Ranch (the largest private employer and landowner on the island) had driven much of its commerce..

Honolulu Advertiser Article

Another Article since the closure announcement

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2008-03-29 14:04 - Earth Hour today at 8pm

In an effort to continue bringing awareness and urgency for action against global warming and climate change, the event known as Earth Hour will take place at 8pm local time on March 29. This means when the clock hits 8pm in your local area, turn off the lights for an hour.

This not only demonstrates how much carbon emissions are reduced when people band together and participate, but it also promotes energy conservation.

Are you going to do your part? [read more]

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2008-03-30 08:42 - Earth Music

From our trips to waterfalls, one thing we realized is how music and nature seem to go hand-and-hand. Often when a particular song comes up (either on the radio, i-Tunes, streaming audio, someone on TV, etc), I tend to get nostalgic and think of the time(s) we were abroad hearing that particular song.

Indeed, music can be a mnemonic device that brings back pleasant memories, and in our case, it brings back precious moments of our time in nature we cherish so dearly.

With the passing of Earth Hour yesterday and the upcoming Earth Day in April, I thought I might list some songs bringing awareness about the environment. It's interesting to note that some of these songs came out over twenty years ago!


  • What Are We Gonna Do? - Dramarama

  • Hljómalind - Sigur Rós

  • Channel Z - The B-52's

  • Juicy Jungle - The B-52's

  • For The Birds - The Juliana Hatfield Three

  • Belly - Feed The Tree

  • El Condor Pasa - Simon & Garfunkel

  • Dr. Octagon - Trees

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