The Great Outdoors in Portland, Oregon

For our two year anniversary, which is conveniently around the same time as a 3-day weekend (Memorial Day), we went to Portland, Oregon. I haven’t been there since I was a kid and have no recollection of it, but after watching Portlandia and sometimes acting out the episode about Colin the chicken in our San …

New Zealand Honeymoon

I miss New Zealand and I’m kind of sad that this is my last post about the stunningly lush small country that is halfway around the world. It is such a photogenic country that I would love to visit again, perhaps in the spring next time when the wildflowers are in bloom. Traveling at the …

Fox Glacier Heli-hiking

As we were planning our New Zealand trip, I was particularly excited about the possibility of hiking a glacier. We have all kinds of hikes in the Bay Area, but glacier hiking is definitely not one of them. After much research, we decided to do the guided heli-hiking option on Fox Josef, while staying in …

Hollyford Track: Day 3

On the third and final day of this beautiful hike, we got a taste of the harsh realities that the original settlers of the area must have faced, from the fickle Fiordland weather to its numerous sandflies. In the morning, we took the jetboat out to Martin’s Bay. The weather started out quite nice, a …

Hollyford Track: Day 2

Day 2 on the Hollyford Track started out bright and early. Well, actually, it was very early and not at all bright. We ate a quick hot breakfast around 7 am (there was also an earlier cold breakfast served around 6:30) then headed out for a short hike to a nearby lake. As the fog …

Hollyford Track: Day 1

I chose New Zealand for our honeymoon because of its natural beauty and photogenic landscapes. It’s not hard to take a good picture in such a stunning country and I wanted to take a lot of photos on our honeymoon. Unfortunately, New Zealand also happens to be the adventure capital of the world and this …

Fluffy Puppies Adore the Snow

The Fluffy Puppies, Bianca & Sorcha, love winter in Tahoe, particularly because they adore the snow. Even in their senior citizen years, they act like puppies as soon as their paws touch the white powder, playing and roughhousing, barking and digging. And although it’s a treat for them to jump around our balcony, they have …