The Sea Lions of Los Islotes

Sea lions are one of my favourite subjects to photograph. They have adorable faces and genuinely seem to like interacting with humans. La Paz, in the Sea of Cortez, is known for its colony of 200 California sea lions and is an easy side trip from the United States. Getting There We flew from Sydney […]

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Swimming with Sharks in the Bahamas

Every few years, a rare condition occurs in Australia where the Easter holidays and Anzac Day line up. This means that you can take 10 days of leave (vacation) and get a whopping 19 day holiday. The last time this happened was 2014, when we visited New Zealand (though we were amateurs back then and thought […]

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Bareboating (and lobster-eating) in the Grenadines

(Location: St Vincent & the Grenadines, Caribbean) We’d heard the Grenadines was “like the BVI was 20 years ago.” The BVI had become pretty developed, so were intrigued. We’d also heard that “the BVI is where you go if you want to drive your boat from bar to bar, the Grenadines is where you go […]

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Getting our Cameras Dusty in Antelope Canyon

We’d visited Antelope Canyon a few years back, and decided that a return visit was in order with our newer cameras. If you’ve never heard of Antelope Canyon, you’ve likely seen photos of it. We stayed at the Best Western, which isn’t the cheapest option but it is as good as it gets in Page. […]

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Mittens and Fry Bread

After being foiled by forest fires in Bryce Canyon, we decided to end our stay early and head over to Monument Valley. The drive took a little under five hours, and passed quickly. Monument Valley is the quintessential image of “the west” – flat plains punctuated by towering buttes (nicknamed “mittens”). We stayed at Gouldings, […]

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Smoked Out in Bryce Canyon

After hiking in Zion, we drove an hour and a half northeast to Bryce Canyon. We’d visited Bryce a few years back, and had fond memories of amazing landscapes and great hiking. We stayed at the Lodge at Bryce Canyon, which is the only accommodation inside the park. We were steps from the Rim Trail, […]

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Hiking Zion National Park

We’d been to Zion before, but it was more of a drive-through so we decided to return for a proper visit. We stayed at the Zion Lodge, which is the only option for accommodations inside the park. In peak season, this is the best approach to avoid having to park at the entrance and take […]

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Wine Tasting in Sonoma

For Memorial Day in 2012, we headed to wine country in California. We’d visited the year before, but it quickly became one of our favourite destinations so we ignored our “don’t go places more than once” rule. We flew into San Francisco and then headed North (making a brief stop at Muir Woods). We stayed […]

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The Quest for the Quetzal

(Location: San Gerado del Doto, Costa Rica) We’re not birders. Well, I’m definitely not a birder. Andy says he’s not a birder. In any event, we found ourselves driving halfway up the Pan American highway in search of the Resplendent Quetzal. Neither of us are feeling that great at this point in the trip. Let’s […]

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Birds, birds, birds

(Location: San Vito, Costa Rica) From Pavones, we drove (well, were driven) two hours back to Golfito, and then another very hilly, windy hour to Las Cruces Biological Station. There is one reason to go here: birds. We were only here for one night, and had the whole place to ourselves. We did a two […]

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