“It’s Aboht Time” (Canadian Rockies – September 15, 2010 to September 23, 2010)

This trip had last-minute written all over it. The air wasn’t booked until Sunday (3 days ago), some of the accommodations weren’t booked until yesterday, and the car hire…

“Slaying Demons” (Eastern Sierra, CA – August 19, 2010 to August 21, 2010)

The lady told him that it was 16 miles round trip, and that number alone made it seem like a day outing there was a bit ambitious, especially since we were at altitude…

“Against Instincts” (Forest Falls, CA – August 8, 2010)

Mom had already scrambled up the stream and around the corner. Julie had suggested that I follow her and either take photos of her or see what else it was…

“Heidiland” (Switzerland – June 7, 2010 to June 16, 2010)

…he then tried to explain to me that what I was seeing was how the Swiss Celebrate their soccer team beating the supposed #1 team in the world in Spain. He then said, “Don’t be scared…”

“Croatian Sensations” (Croatia – May 30, 2010 to June 7, 2010)

The parking enforcement guy was also a bit cheeky and didn’t feel like helping us in that regard either other than to write tickets. So we ended up just paying for an hour. And we’d have to come…

“Never Far From History” (Greece – May 19, 2010 to May 30, 2010)

..I was lugging all of our luggage, a lady dressed in street clothes got off her cell phone and asked me, “Where from?” “US,” said I. And at that moment, the lady got in front of me and said, “Stop!”

“More Adventure Than We Bargained For” (Hermit Falls – April 25, 2010)

There was no obvious path to make it back up the vertical walls I had descended. When the father of the family saw my difficulties, he came over and we…

“You Are Your Environment” (Point Reyes and Big Basin Redwoods, CA – April 8, 2010 to April 10, 2010)

As we parked the car and got out, we could tell right away that we were in the mountains for the air was frigidly cold and there was a breeze that…

“A Whatever Easter Weekend” (Tenaja Falls and Ortega Falls – April 3, 2010 to April 4, 2010)

As we parked the car and got out, we could tell right away that we were in the mountains for the air was frigidly cold and there was a breeze that…

“Exercise In Compromise” (San Antonio Falls and Fish Canyon Falls – March 27, 2010 to March 28, 2010)

We weren’t sure if there was a limit to the number of people on the trail at one time. So we asked one of the employees there if this was the case. He just told us that…

“March Gladness” (Big Sur, CA – March 18, 2010 to March 21, 2010)

As we got towards the middle of this stream crossing, there came a point where we had no choice but to wade through shin deep to knee-deep of water. Further progress meant…

“Selection Sunday” (Santa Monica Mountains, CA – March 14, 2010)

Having lost an hour of sleep thanks to Daylight Savings Time, Julie and I awoke at 8:30am, which was late for us considering we wanted to get some hiking done today…

“32 Miles From Santa Barbara” (Rose Valley Falls and Newton Canyon Falls – March 7, 2010)

Julie and I were itching to do a hike today, but yesterday’s rains had lasted all day long and was forecasted to continue into this morning. So given that, we had slept…

“Adventure Always Finds Us” (Millard Falls – February 28, 2010)

We didn’t expect to take more than an hour or so, and it was a total last-minute decision. But that was when some unexpected things happened, and well, it just seems that adventure…

“Return To The First” (Paradise Falls – February 21, 2010)

I didn’t remember the pool being this dirty the last time we were here, but apparently Julie noticed this too as she pulled a face and gave me that look that something really stunk…

“Holy Jim Massage” (Holy Jim Falls – February 14, 2010)

We had only gone roughly two miles along the rough road, but it seemed like we had gone further than that. Mom was sitting nervously in the back (I could tell by her silence) as her car was jostling.

“Opportunistic” (Sycamore Canyon Falls and La Jolla Canyon Falls – January 24, 2010)

Continuing along the familiar trail, we noted that the trail was much softer and muddier than last year. However, it was disconcerting not to see or hear any stream. So we asked…

“To Boldly Go Where Captain Cook Has Gone Before” (Cook Islands – January 11, 2010 to January 17, 2010)

As for the swarming gnats, these little buggers were even after my cocktail drink which was a yellowish reddish color, and I think one or two even managed to swim in my drink…

“Ch- Ch- Ch- Changes” (North Island, New Zealand – January 4, 2010 to January 10, 2010)

I guess our sentiment that this place was rather “Dead As” was challenged when we happened to witness some hideous shouting of two Maori gangs hurling insults and even bottles at each other…

“Whale Of A Way To Start The New Decade” (Northern South Island, New Zealand – December 30, 2009 to January 3, 2010)

…no one was exactly rushing to do it, so that prompted our MC to say, “I know it’s difficult to leave the dolphins and return to your seats, but one thing I do know is that all of you can hear me..”