Hawai’i – Hilo, Volcano, and Kona

Last Hawaii vacation, we were lucky enough to be escorted around by my brother in-laws future in-laws. They owned a place in Volcano and showed us parts of Hilo and Kona. We opted for the nature/historic sites as it seems the Big Island has a ton of great outdoors and is home to the largest…

Oahu Sites and Landmarks 2014

 During our second visit to Oahu, we tried to do more “local” stuff and/or things that we didn’t get around to the first time. We spent some time hiking, eating at different (and some of the same) places, and overall just try to balance a relaxing vacation with exploration and new experiences. In short, we…

Half Moon Bay Hike

  During our time off at the end of the year, we decided to stay local and do a few hikes and exploration of cities near by. One day we decided to do an easy but scenic hike in Half Moon Bay. We started by parking at the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve to check out the…

Paradise Falls Hike

  While on a recent visit down to SoCal for our friend’s wedding, I was able to escape for a little bit and found a nice little hike in Thousand Oaks. It is part of the Wildwood Regional Park and yes, it did have water even with our drought. I’ll keep this post short since the…

Mount Tam & Muir Woods Hike

  Some of you may have seen Betty’s post on her Muir Woods Adventure, but I wanted to share my take on it and the photography challenge I took on. I set out with my Nikon D700 and 85mm f/1.8 to this hike to limit my zoom and focus on smaller details on the hike….