Our hike up to the Gros Morne Summit in Newfoundland



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Our hike up to the Gros Morne Summit in Newfoundland

a view of jean and gros morne mountain, newfoundland, canada

Gros Morne Mountain is the second highest mountain on the island of Newfoundland, Canada.  Its French name means “big dreary” or “great sombre” mountain perhaps because it is often cloaked in fog, wrapped in snow or capped with clouds. Read more

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Our cold, wet hike to Fox Glacier in New Zealand



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Our cold, wet hike to Fox Glacier in New Zealand

jean at fox glacier, south island, new zealand

When Bob and I stayed in the community of Fox Glacier on New Zealand’s South Island, it made perfect sense to hike into the actual glacier for a look.  On the appointed day, a slight break in the rain encouraged us to set off, but we ended up hiking in cold, wet weather for a view of the ancient blue ice. Read more

A New Zealand Bellbird Enjoys the Nectar on a Rainy Day



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a new zealand bellbird, lake matheson, south island, new zealand

It was a rainy afternoon when Bob and I finally made it to Lake Matheson to explore the walking tracks there.  The famous reflection of Mount Cook and Mount Tasman did not materialize on the lake’s surface, but we sure had dandy views of a New Zealand Bellbird alongside the trail. Read more

Our hike to Baker’s Brook Falls in Newfoundland



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Our hike to Baker’s Brook Falls in Newfoundland

Baker's Brook Falls in Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.

Baker’s Brook Falls is situated in Gros Morne National Park in the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador.  It is actually a series of three waterfalls that tumble over three successive limestone ridges underlying Baker’s Brook.  The middle set of cascades, seen here, are the most impressive. Read more

Hiking amid the Plantations near La Bajada, Mexico



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Hiking amid the Plantations near La Bajada, Mexico

Image of La Bajada, Mexico.

Having left Cerro de San Juan Ecological Reserve behind us in Tepic, Bob determined that there were still sufficient daylight hours to make a stop and go hiking near La Bajada.  The coffee and banana plantations in that area promised good birding habitat, and it wouldn’t be too far off our route back to San Blas. Read more

A hike in the Amazon Rainforest at Sandoval Lake

A hike in the Amazon Rainforest at Sandoval Lake

Main building at Sandoval Lake Lodge, Lake Sandoval, Amazon Basin, Peru

While staying at Sandoval Lake Lodge, it was customary to be wakened before dawn for an excursion around the lake at daybreak.  After completing our early morning circuit of the lake, Bob and I returned to the lodge for a much needed breakfast that once again featured local fruits. Read more

Visiting The Cliffs of Moher In Ireland



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Visiting The Cliffs of Moher In Ireland

Cliffs of Moher in County Clare, Ireland

A short distance from Ennistymon brought us to the famed Cliffs of Moher, in County Clare, one of the most dramatic stretches of Ireland’s west coast.  When first we arrived, a light drizzle dampened our clothing, and a brisk wind swept in off the ocean lending a distinct chill to the air.  With our rain ponchos in place, we were ready for anything. Read more

Hiking Bright Angel Trail to Plateau Point at the Grand Canyon



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Hiking Bright Angel Trail to Plateau Point at the Grand Canyon

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When Bob and I decided to hike Bright Angel Trail, we knew it would be a demanding challenge, and one that would take many hours.  From the South Rim, Plateau Point was a speck at the edge of the Tonto Platform; from midway down the fault line, the narrow meandering trail that leads from Indian Garden to Plateau Point was more discernible but no less intimidating. Read more

Hiking Bright Angel Trail To Indian Garden at the Grand Canyon

Hiking Bright Angel Trail To Indian Garden at the Grand Canyon

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The day preceding our hike on the Bright Angel Trail at Grand Canyon National Park,  saw Bob and me taking it easy and making the necessary preparations for our lengthy endeavour.  We purchased lots of salty snacks, lunch supplies, energy bars and fruit, knowing full well that the demands on our bodies would probably be the most extreme we had ever experienced.  With our alarm set for 4 a.m., and plans to hit the trail by 5 a.m., Bob and I intended to retire early, but in the end, we hit the hay about the same time as usual…10:30 p.m.  We were full of anticipation and trepidation.  Were we really up to the task? Read more

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