Callaghan Lake to Cirque Lake

Ringed by steep cliffs around the circular Cirque Lake, it seemed like we were looking into the heart of an ancient volcanic crater. It wouldn’t be surprising since across the valley in the distance was the iconic Black Tusk mountain … Continue reading

Gulf Islands Cycling – Galiano Island

Though campground after campground appeared fully reserved on a sunny July weekend, I remembered that cyclists don’t follow the conventional rules. One amazing thing I learned on our PanAmerican cycle is a “can do” attitude where camping can be found, … Continue reading

Joffre Lakes

The hike up Joffre Lakes is actually fairly short in distance. It’s only about 4km each way and a 400 elevation climb. However, I found myself stopping every little while for the stunning scenery. Combined with a trip to Nairn … Continue reading

Riding the Currents: A 7 day liveaboard in Komodo National Park

What is so special about diving in Komodo National Park? We were on the plane flying from Bali to Flores Island, where we would depart from the grungy port town of Labuan Bajo into the magical Komodo archipelago dotted with … Continue reading

Diving in Komodo National Park – Video

The video opens with a sunrise in Komodo National Park and then it shows the boat we called home for 7 wonderful days, the Mikumba Ratu Laut as we are heading to a dive site in a dingy. You can … Continue reading

Diving the USAT Liberty Shipwreck

The beach in Tulamben on the northwest coast of Bali is nothing to write home about. It is a jumble of small to medium sized round black stones that roll in all the wrong ways for easy walking. In the … Continue reading

Maggie versus the Monkeys in the Sacred Monkey Forest in Ubud

Our first stop on 3 week trip to Bali and beyond was Ubud, the cultural beating heartland of Bali with serene water temples, gorgeous landscapes, amazing food and mischievous monkeys. The morning after we arrived in Bali in the middle … Continue reading

Day 5 – Stare into the abyss and hammerheads stare back

Part 5 of Liveaboard Series –  – Aug 15, 2016 – Daedelus Ok well maybe calling it the abyss is a bit of a stretch but today included the deepest dive I have ever done and it didn’t even reach bottom. … Continue reading

Day 3 – In Special Company

Part 3 of Liveaboard Series – Aug 13, 2016 – Big Brother Island “Sharks!” one of my fellow divers comes into the dining salon excitedly, “If you want to see sharks, there are some swimming around the bow of the … Continue reading