If you find yourself in Wellington and are looking for a fun half day adventure then Somes Island is the perfect destination! Somes Island, also known as Matiu, sits in the middle of Wellington’s harbor and is a reserve to native plant and bird life. Humans no longer live on the island (though you can camp there) and it’s run by the Department of Conservation to ensure the preservation of the wildlife and plantlife.
I had a Saturday off work and the weather was a beautiful clear and sunny day so my flatmates and I hopped on The Dominion Post ferry at Queen’s Wharf in town and about 20 minutes later we found ourselves on an island in the middle of Wellington harbor. We chose to sit on the top deck of the ferry and had wonderful views of the island and the city.
Categories: New Zealand, Wellington
Tags: harbor, harbour, island, lighthouse, Matiu, Matiu/Somes Island, Somes, Somes Island, Wellington, Wellington Harbour, WWII
For my birthday weekend I needed to stay within a day’s trip of Wellington but I wanted to go somewhere epic! I mean a birthday only comes once a year and how many birthdays will I have in a foreign country?? Probably not many and this is my first! A friend told my flatmates and I about Putangirua Pinnacles, just a couple hours drive from Wellington along the eastern coast. The Pinnacles are also near the striking red striped Cape Palliser lighthouse so seeing some rocks and a lighthouse sounded like a great enough birthday adventure for me!
If you google (that is an official dictionary word now, sorry Yahoo and Bing) “best road trips”, you will be hard pressed to find a list that does not include the California Coast. The Pacific Coast Highway (aka Highway 1, aka the PCH) is a must for everyone’s bucket list and a once-in-a-lifetime trip! Literally it is probably a once-in-a-lifetime trip because the scenery might be some of the most breathtaking and gorgeous landscapes I will ever see, but the winding PCH is a slow, car-sick inducing, sometimes scary drive. But let’s not focus on the ONE negative here otherwise I would be doing a crappy job of convincing you all to take this amazing road trip. I mean you can’t get to the incredible Machu Picchu without traveling on rough roads or hiking strenuous trails to reach that far off the beaten path site!
I have actually driven the PCH twice in my life now, so it’s been more than once-in-a-lifetime for me! [I’m an over-achiever like that.] The first time was on my drive to San Francisco in 2011. The California Coast is truly an exhilarating drive that offers constant breathtaking views. Make sure your camera has lots of memory space for all the gorgeous vistas! My friend Hillary (and co-host of my other travel blog) and I wanted to explore central coastal California, specifically Big Sur, and we set out for a four day adventure we titled our “Classic California Road Trip”!
California’s Highway 1
Tags: 17 Mile Drive, 17-Mile, beach, Big Sur, Bixby, Bixby Bridge, Carmel, coast, Disney, Disneyland, Highway 1, hike, keyhole, light station, lighthouse, Monterey, ocean, Pacific, Pacific Coast Highway, paddle boarding, paddleboarding, parasailing, Partington Cove, PCH, Pfeiffer, Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, Pfeiffer Falls, Pfeiffer State Beach, Pismo, Pismo Beach, Point Sur, redwoods, road trip, Route 1, stand up paddleboarding, stand-up, waterfall
I embarked on a “Griswold family vacation” this summer with my parents and brother across the beautiful states of Kentucky, West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina. Lots and lots of hours in the car, plus several fun stops and views of beautiful countryside, made for a successful road trip. It’s been a long while since my family has spent this much time together, and perhaps it helps that my brother and I have moved past the arguing, bickering and fighting stages of our sibling relationship, but we all got along pretty swell! My Family = 1 / Disastrous Road Trip = 0. Winning!
Categories: Kentucky, North Carolina, Virginia
Tags: antique, BBQ, boat, boating, Bodie, Bodie Lighthouse, Body Lighthouse, Carter Caves, Carter Caves State Park, cave, cavern, Charlottesville, Cheerwine, Cheerwine float, chicken, colonial, Colonial Williamsburg, cow, Croatoan, farm, ferry, hike, James River, Jamestown, Jones Creek, Kentucky, lighthouse, lost colony, Louisville, Manteo, Merchant Square, Michie Tavern, Midland Trail, natural bridge, Newport News, North Carolina, Old Central City, Pagan River, Pop's Southern Style BBQ, road trip, Roanoke, Roanoke Island, Roanoke Sound, scenic byway, Smithfield, sunset, Virginia, Williamsburg
This month my mom and I took our new annual trip to Cannon Beach, Oregon and we ventured to some new places this year! One of them ended up being a failure, but hey “life is a journey, not a destination” right?? You have to make the most of what you have, and live in the moment. I had a wonderful vacation and am excited to share my adventures with you; expect beaches, lighthouses, snow and even a shipwreck!
We started off our trip on Friday by driving to Crater Lake from Portland. It’s about a 5 hour drive and we were all geared up and ready for it. Since we weren’t sure of the road conditions through the northern route (because we knew there was still snow at Crater Lake), we decided to go south all the way to Medford, OR and enter Crater Lake from that direction since we knew for sure that was an open route. By the way, at Medford we were probably about 30 minutes from the California border! That’s how far we drove! Practically the entire length of Oregon haha. Anyways, at Medford we finally saw signs for Crater Lake and began the 76 mile trek through Rogue River National Forest to Crater Lake National Park.
Beautiful drive through Oregon on our way to Crater Lake
Tags: Astoria, beach, Cannon Beach, Cape Disappointment, Crater Lake, Fort Stevens State Park, Haystack Rock, lighthouse, North Head, Oregon, Peter Iredale, Rogue River National Forest, Seaview, shipwreck, Washington