Huka Falls to the Aratiatia Rapids: the Power of Water!

Two very popular attractions in the Taupo area, Huka Falls and the Aratiatia Rapids, are both part of the longest river in New Zealand, the Waikato River. They are connected by the 7km Aratiatia Rapids Track. I found this description of the track to be very informative. That writer advises starting from the rapids end, which makes sense because … Continue reading Huka Falls to the Aratiatia Rapids: the Power of Water!

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