The Feeding of Lizard Island Guests

At Lizard Island, in the Great Barrier Reef of Australia, the coral, fish, clams, and turtles all find a way of feeding themselves. Guests count on Lizard Island’s world-class chef, Mark Jenson, to feed us (all food and many wines are included in the daily rate). We were not disappointed. While menus changed on a [Read more …]

Lizard Island Australia

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Our day snorkeling trip to the outer part of the Great Barrier Reef from Port Douglas was great, but we came to the area primarily to revisit one of the most memorial places and magical places we have ever visited: Lizard Island.To get there, we had to take a small plane from Cairns. Flying to [Read more …]

A Return to Monhegan Island, Maine

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It has been at least 30 years since our first and most recent voyage to this artist and nature island in Maine. Monhegan Island, which attracts many artists over the summer, currently has 19 studios (only a few open on the day we visited) and is laced with hiking trails that climb most of the [Read more …]

Up (and Down) the Downeast Coast to Camden, Maine

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After deciding to pass on the tempting exhibition at the Portland Museum of Art, it was time to leave Portland Maine. We followed the route we had taken many times before when we lived in Boston. And, since things change slowly on the Maine coast, we did most of the same things we have done [Read more …]

Peggy’s Cove Nova Scotia and Its Lighthouse

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The drive from Louisbourg to Nova Scotia’s southern shore is no easy proposition. Although the scenic town of Peggy’s Cove (just south of Halifax) isn’t that far from Louisbourg as the crow flies, navigating it by car requires a very long (500 kilometer, 5 hour) drive. The only way to get from one town to [Read more …]

The Towns of Cape Breton Island

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The focus of our Cape Bretton trip was the Cabot Trail, the National Park and its trails. Towns, however, do make convenient evening and restaurant stops and sometimes have other attractions that can’t be found in nature. We stopped at three of the island’s primary towns. Cheticamp Cheticamp, a town at the Western entry to [Read more …]

The Natural Splendor of Cape Bretton Island

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As mentioned in our previous post, Cape Breton is the island at the northern tip of Nova Scotia. The island, and especially the portion of the Cabot Trail that encircles the highlands near the northern tip of the island (primarily the section of the trail that is in Cape Breton National Park) was our primary [Read more …]

Experiencing Bay of Fundy Tides

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The northwestern edge of Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley, along the Mina Basin, has a unique feature that makes it a particularly interesting destination–the largest tidal variations in the world. Although these variations differ depending on the alignment of the sun and the moon, they average 12 meters and can exceed 16 meters (over 50 feet) [Read more …]

Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley and the Mina's Basin

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Our next stop in Nova Scotia was the Annapolis Valley, a 150 km-long valley that runs along the Mina’s Basin, an estuary that is separated from the body of the Bay of Fundy by the mountainous Cape Blomidon. The region is notable for a number of reasons, including; It’s geology and microclimate, which makes it [Read more …]

Mendocino Area Parks and Walks

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On our way to the annual Humboldt County Kinetic Sculpture Championships (see subsequent posts) we made a brief two-day detour through the Anderson Valley to Mendocino. While Anderson Valley Winery stops and Mendocino restaurants are discussed in our previous post, this post focuses on the walks we took trough the village and especially, in three [Read more …]