Celestial Bridge

It rains a lot in Zhangjiajie National Park, therefore, it has many bridges as a part of the beautiful, well maintained hiking trails. This is Celestial Bridge, found on one of the Northeastern most trails in the park. This path doesn’t reveal the rock formations that the park is famous for, but I found that it was one of the…

World’s Deadliest Hike

Go ahead and type “world’s deadliest hike” into a Google search. You will get HuaShan (Mountain Hua). This is an image of the famous cliffside plank walk on the South Peak. The plank walk itself isn’t very long, but it is a 2,000 foot drop if you slip. Harnesses are mandatory and can be rented onsite. The…

Trees of Red

This eerie looking path full of trees covered in red ribbons is actually a forest full of hopes and dreams. This path is a part of Tianmen Mountain in China. Tianmen is a holy mountain to the Chinese people. In the Chinese culture the color red represents happiness or jubilation. They write their wishes on…

Te Rewa Rewa Bridge

The Te Rewa Rewa Bridge is one of the most recognizable landmarks in New Plymouth, New Zealand and a great example of functional art. I have read that the arcing support structure is meant to resemble a whales rib cage. I love the way that it frames the Mount Taranaki volcano in the distance. The bridge is a…

Where Are We Going?

“Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” -Martin Luther King Jr. Today is a day when we remember a man whose legacy was unity and equality for all people, regardless of race. Dr. King fought against injustices through non-violent protest. He was a Christian…

Lush Path

This is the lush and rugged Routeburn Track in New Zealand. Specifically this is on the Milford side of the “Great Walk” through the dense Southern Beech trees. I love trails like this. A rocky narrow trail that is well-worn and yet nature encroaches on all sides. I am a naturalist when it comes to my…

Devil's Vertigo

This vertigo-inducing staircase is how the ranger of the Devil’s Head Lookout Tower makes his way daily. The tower is the last remaining of the original seven lookouts on Colorado’s front range. The 1.4 mile trail up to the tower is actually a fairly easy jaunt as Colorado hiking trails go. The staircase looks daunting,…

Dragon’s Steps

As you near the terminus for the Dragon’s Back trail, near Big Wave Beach in Hong Kong, you will find yourself on this steep staircase surrounded by lush vegetation. It is an odd place. It’s only a 30 minute drive from one of the world’s most densely populated cities and yet it feels so far removed that…