New Zealand | Wanaka

Lake Wanaka.Wanaka wasn’t meant to be a destination in and of itself — merely a waypoint en route to the next place on our itinerary, Glenorchy, which we visited on our 2015 trip and ended up being our favorite freedom camping spot. But once we got to Wanaka and realized how beautiful it is and how muchContinue reading “New Zealand | Wanaka”

Jordan | Petra

After hiking and spending the night in Wadi Rum, we drove about an hour and a half to Petra, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. A lot of people (our tour guide included) had told us that Wadi Rum is the true hidden gem of Jordan’s tourism sites. Petra gets all the attention, but Wadi RumContinue reading “Jordan | Petra”

Home Leave | Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge

Our third and final “hike” in Virginia Beach was during a visit to the Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge. I use the word “hike” loosely since it was more like walking on a series of short boardwalk trails, followed by a longer walk on a gravel road.

Home Leave | First Landing State Park

Inspired by our hike and excellent wildlife sightings at the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, my sister, Kail and I embarked on our second of three hikes during our stay in Virginia Beach — this time to First Landing State Park. While this more urban park doesn’t have quite as large a variety ofContinue reading “Home Leave | First Landing State Park”

Home Leave | Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge

Kail and I spent part of home leave visiting my sister in Virginia Beach, where, previously unbeknownst to us, there are several hiking trails at state parks and national wildlife refuges within an hour’s drive or so. We went on a couple hikes during our one-week stay, the first of which was at the Great Dismal Swamp NationalContinue reading “Home Leave | Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge”

New Zealand | Te Anau

After repairing our weather-related not-quite malfunction after freedom camping in Glenorchy, we set off toward Milford Sound, one of the must-see destinations in New Zealand. Unfortunately, nature had other plans in store for us.We stopped to get gas in Te Anau, the last town before the main highway to Milford Sound, and learned that the highway was going to beContinue reading “New Zealand | Te Anau”