Orakei Korako, an Amazing Geothermal Experience

I have visited some incredible geothermal hotspots in my time, including the original Geysir in Iceland (where the English word “geyser” came from) and the many wonders of Yellowstone National Park. I would rank Orakei Korako, a half hour drive north of Lake Taupo, in the top tier of geothermal experiences and well worth the NZ$39 … Continue reading Orakei Korako, an Amazing Geothermal Experience

Trout Creek: Fine Campground, Hiking Opportunities Limited

Searching for campgrounds within a few hours drive of my house, I came across one that  appeared promising; Trout Creek Campground in the PG&E Eel River Area near Lake Pillsbury. Some of the sites are reservable and some are first come/first served. We decided to give it a try even though I could not find any hiking trails … Continue reading Trout Creek: Fine Campground, Hiking Opportunities Limited

Serendipity Squared: Tomales Point in Bloom

Serendipity: “the faculty or phenomenon of finding valuable or agreeable things not sought for” according to Websters, which in our case meant deciding to hike the Tomales Point Trail and being unexpectedly overwhelmed with wildflowers! The trail is located in Point Reyes National Seashore.  That national park is a treasure, filled with remarkable animals like a subspecies … Continue reading Serendipity Squared: Tomales Point in Bloom