Nelson and Marlborough, South Island

After crossing Cook Strait, we picked up a rental car in Picton. We planned five nights to loop around through Nelson and Blenheim, and back to Picton before heading south to our housesit in Christchurch. From Picton, we drove to Nelson along the beautiful winding Queen Charlotte Drive. We stopped at a few viewpoints as... Continue Reading →

Dublin: Last words

Howth We took the DART (Dublin Area Rapid Transit) train from the Connoly Train Station to Howth, a small fishing village on a peninsula about 26 minutes east of central Dublin. A walk down the pier, just around the corner from the train station, had us drooling over all of the fresh fish and seafood... Continue Reading →

Scotland: Clyde Falls, New Lanark

On one of Coral's workdays, Aileen (see Scotland: Edinburgh), an avid rambler, offered to guide me on an adventurous walk. Her suggestion was a seven-mile route on the Clyde  River to see the Clyde Falls near New Lanark. About 45 minutes from where we are staying, the footpath meanders through a spectacular Scottish canyon cut in... Continue Reading →

Boquete: Pipeline Trail hike day

In my last hiking post I wrote about the Pipeline Trail and wanting to return with Coral. We rented a car and with our new-found friends and followed the excellent driving instructions posted on the Boquete Travel Guide to the beginning of the 5km (return) hike. Boquete Travel Guide pointed out several points of interest in the... Continue Reading →

Boquete: Hikes

River valley Our current home in Panama is at the base of Volcan Baru, an active stratovolcano and the tallest mountain in Panama (3,475m or 11,401 ft). Below us is a river canyon with steep rocky walls covered in dense vegetation. All through our Panama trip, I have been quite enchanted by the rich flora and... Continue Reading →

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