The Garden Route was Brimming with Wildflowers, South Africa

The Garden Route was Brimming with Wildflowers, South Africa
fynbos along the garden route, south africa

Our drive from Port Elizabeth to Mossel Bay in South Africa followed the Garden Route.  Bob and I were looking forward to seeing that region because the landscape is painted in a wide range of wildflowers. Read more

The Shipwreck of the S.S. Ethie on the West Coast of Newfoundland

The Shipwreck of the S.S. Ethie on the West Coast of Newfoundland

the wreck of the s.s. ethie, martin's point, newfoundland, canada

Having completed our tour of Western Brook Pond and with part of the afternoon still available for exploration, Bob and I decided to stop at the site of the 1919 shipwreck, the S.S. Ethie, on the west coast of Newfoundland. Read more

Our Visit to The Ancient Hill of Tara in Ireland

Our Visit to The Ancient Hill of Tara in Ireland

the hill of tara, county meath, ireland

After finishing our picnic lunch at Newgrange, there was time to make one last stop in County Meath to round out our 2-week stay in Ireland.  Near Skryne, the ancient ceremonial and burial site called The Hill of Tara was worthy of exploration. Read more

A Great Way to Start the Day at Oribi Gorge, South Africa

A Great Way to Start the Day at Oribi Gorge, South Africa

farm fields, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

After leaving Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park, Bob and I found that the rural landscape quickly reverted to hillsides covered in a patchwork of cultivated fields.  On the outskirts of larger urban centres, small buildings clustered together in kraals were still common. Read more

Western Brook Pond, a Landlocked Fjord in Newfoundland

Western Brook Pond, a Landlocked Fjord in Newfoundland

western brook pond, gros morne national park, newfoundland, canada

Gros Morne National Park in Newfoundland, Canada, is well known for its fjords.  Western Brook Pond is one such fjord that was carved by glaciers and is now shouldered by forests and cliffs.  Because it is landlocked, the long, narrow body of water is referred to as a pond or fjord lake. Read more

Hiking the Valley of 1000 Devils Route, Grasslands National Park East Block

Hiking the Valley of 1000 Devils Route, Grasslands National Park East Block

badlands, grasslands national park east block, saskatchewan

After our flight from Toronto to Regina, Bob and I drove directly to Grasslands National Park near the southern border of Saskatchewan.  We were determined to complete a hike in the East Block of this Park and opted to do the Valley of 1000 Devils Route before traveling further west to Val Marie on the edge of the Park’s West Block. Read more

The Astounding Beauty of Glenariff Forest Park in Northern Ireland

The Astounding Beauty of Glenariff Forest Park in Northern Ireland

causeway coastal route, county antrim, northern ireland

As Bob and I made our way towards Glenariff Forest Park in Northern Ireland, the previous day’s damp weather persisted with dark clouds shrouding the rugged cliffs along the Causeway Coastal Route.  We were off to see Glenariff, the Queen of the Glens. Read more

Driving the Ring of Kerry in Ireland

Driving the Ring of Kerry in Ireland

killarney lakes, killarney national park, ireland

When Bob and I set off from Killarney to drive the famed Ring of Kerry route, technically, we had already seen a section of it the previous afternoon when we arrived there in Killarney National Park.  Thankfully, glorious sunshine had provided us with spectacular views of the Killarney Lakes. Read more

Our cold, wet hike to Fox Glacier in New Zealand

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

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