Camino de Santiago from Sarria to Santiago – All the maps in one place!

In total, I walked about 119.91 km in my journey from Sarria to Santiago de Compostela (not including any walking once I get to a location). Here are all of the maps including elevation profiles in one convenient location. Many … Continue reading

The final push to Santiago de Compostela: Day 6 on the Camino

Day 6 – O Pedrouzo to Santiago de Compostela – 20.1km I woke up and got on the road shortly after 5:30am. With sunrise around 9am, over half of my walk today was in the darkness or the soft predawn … Continue reading

Old bridges and new friends: Day 4 on the Camino de Santiago

Day 4 – Ponte Campaña to Boente – 17.7 km The collective 12 of us in the 18-bed hostel decided to sleep in until almost 8am this morning. We were in the quiet backwater of Ponte Campana where an epic … Continue reading

A walk through history: Day 3 on the Camino de Santiago

Day 3 – Gonzar to Ponte Campaña – 21.7km The next morning, I woke up again to the bustling muted activity in the dorm of people trying to be quiet as they packed up but finding it rather impossible to … Continue reading

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