“The Grand Canyon of the North” (Akureyri and Northern Iceland – June 27, 2007 to June 29, 2007)

In one stretch of road at Mývatn, we heard things hitting the windshield as if there was a gravel rain or something. It turned out that we had driven through a cloud of midges!

“Into The West” (Snaefellsnes and the Westfjords, Iceland – June 23, 2007 to June 26, 2007)

The receptionist was named Claus and he was an interesting guy in that he was German and it seemed that he was in the middle of learning Icelandic. Claus sensed that I was also…

“Three Days at the Smoking Bay” (Reykjavik and the Golden Circle, Iceland – June 20, 2007 to June 22, 2007)

…we walked around the center of town aimlessly looking for places to eat for dinner. We had to look long and hard because we struggled with sticker shock as every place offering…

“Picking Waterfalls at the Finger Lakes” (Upstate New York – June 15, 2007 to June 18, 2007)

I felt strange carrying around a tripod and DSLR camera in hiking clothes in the urban jungle, but my mind left this awkwardness when we saw the impressive…

“Niagara Falls Every Which Way” (Niagara Falls – June 13, 2007 to June 14, 2007)

As the boat pulled away from the American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls, I suddenly felt something warm hit me in the face. It didn’t take long to figure out what had just happened…

“Go Waipi’o!” (Waipi’o Valley, Big Island – March 11, 2007)

The pounding waves to the left were always threatening to pluck me from the coastal rocks and out into sea. And at the same time, the rugged cliffs that produced these coastal rocks also…

“Madame Pele’s Afterglow” (Hawaii Volcanoes National Park – March 10, 2007)

So we were faced with the decision of whether to do the difficult trek right up to the lava flow or returning to the car wondering what if. It was now 5:30pm and the daylight was fading fast…

“Unfinished Business on O’ahu” (Honolulu and La’ie – March 7, 2007 to March 8, 2007)

The relentless climb up the trail seemed like it was never ending. I was starting to get worried that I might not find the waterfall as it had started to reach the two-hour point…

“A BLUE Hawaiian Helicopter Experience” (West Maui – February 25, 2007 to February 26, 2007)

Trying to kill time for the next flight I saw a picture book about the Big Island, which was the last major Hawaiian Island we had yet to visit. While I was busy flipping through the pages…

“Almost on the Wrong End of a Flash Flood” (Hana Highway – February 24, 2007)

This time however, the submerged rocks weren’t visible. I thought this was kind of strange and it immediately became apparent to me that the wide stream had risen…

“Raging Waters in East Maui” (Hana Highway – February 23, 2007)

Having been to the ‘Ohe’o Gulch (or the so-called Seven Sacred Pools) nearly four years ago, it was strange seeing the churning, brownish raging whitewater…

“Surprise Down the Pipeline” (Oahu, Hawaii – January 20, 2007 to January 22, 2007)

a black SUV passed by us as I was looking down to make sure no sand had gotten into the camera bag. Apparently Julie was paying attention because she immediately said, “Honey, that was Cameron Diaz!”

“A’ole La’au” (Molokai – January 19, 2007)

We returned to the car and headed back to the town of Kaunakakai. While we were there, we picked up some smoothies and pastries before filling up on…

“As Different As Night And Day” (Waimea, Kauai – December 27, 2006 to December 28, 2006)

I was already appreciating this pilot and the experience here was as different as night and day. This just reaffirmed my hunch that it’s the helicopter pilot that makes all the difference in the…

“A Nearly Black Christmas Day” (Na Pali Coast, Kauai – December 24, 2006 to December 25, 2006)

Heck, I was even desperate enough to drink from any stream I saw along the way – full of bacteria or not. Fortunately, there weren’t any flowing streams during this two mile stretch…

“A Risk Not Worth Taking” (Kauai – December 23, 2006)

Julie was already against the idea of doing this and the steepness of the gorge before us simply made it a rather unlikely proposition. She recalled…

“Strange Day in Kaua’I” (Kauai – December 22, 2006)

Julie got frustrated when all the lunch spots she wanted to try out were closed. And now the possibility of something bad happening in this rather unwelcome-feeling spot was palpable…

“The Home Stretch” (Western Tasmania, Australia – November 28, 2006 to November 30, 2006)

Upon closer inspection of the sign, someone marked “Mordor” next to Queenstown. This piqued our interest to see what exactly the perpetrating jokester was talking about…

“A Devil of a Time at Cradle Valley” (Cradle Mountain and Cradle Valley, TAS – November 26, 2006 to November 27, 2006)

I was anxious to see these endangered creatures as was Julie. Both of us knew they would look nothing like the WB’s whirling dervish Tasmanian Devil…

“Unforgettable Twilight Sight” (Northeast Tasmania, Australia – November 24, 2006 to November 25, 2006)

It beckoned us closer as if everyone was heading towards some spooky outdoor gathering. Of course we were curious to see what the source of the music was so we kept on walking further into the gorge..