Stolen Sunrise

Welcome to 2017! I’m glad we all made it. ūüôā I took this picture while hiking the Abel Tasman Coastal Track in New Zealand. I¬†woke up bright and early the day after I got to see the amazing full moon rising and made my way to the beach in Bark Bay. My wife slept in…

Trail at the Edge

This gorgeous boardwalk lies at the edge of the inhabited world. At least, this was one of the last places on the planet to be explored that is now inhabited, albeit a very small¬†population. My wife and I spent most of the day driving along New Zealand’s Highway 6 over Haast Pass on the South…

Kaikoura

This past Sunday the Southern Island of New Zealand was struck by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake, followed by over half a dozen strong aftershocks. These quakes shook the northeastern coastal area around Kaikoura, New Zealand.¬†The quake triggered landslides that covered parts of State Highway 1, which runs up the coast and, if you could see…

Goat Bay

This is another look at the beautiful golden coast of Abel Tasman National Park in New Zealand. This park has many gorgeous sandy bays and this one, known as Goat Bay, is no exception. There is something magical about backpacking along this rugged, remote coast. My wife and I had this particular stretch of beach…

Tidal Boulders

In this photo, the Moeraki Boulders of New Zealand’s South Island are pounded by the early morning’s crashing waves. My wife and I added in a visit to these incredible natural occurrences very late in our planning process for our New Zealand adventure. A good friend suggested that they were worth a visit, so we…

Sandfly Bay

This is the crystal clear waters of Sandfly Bay. My wife and I made our way down to this hidden bay while hiking along the Abel Tasman Coastal Track. We saw several kayakers come down¬†the river¬†and paddling through this bay, the last bit of fresh water meeting the salty sea of the Cook Strait. The…

Awaroa Inlet

Crossing the¬†Awaroa Inlet¬†is a part of the Abel Tasman Coastal Track¬†in New Zealand. This unique crossing is only passable within a few hours of low tide and there is no trail¬†around it so one must plan¬†the trip accordingly. My wife and I were¬†surprised to find out that the path across the inlet was primarily¬†comprised of…

Onetahuti Beach

This shallow coastline may look like any other secluded beach, but Onetahuti is actually a part of an amazing multi-day hike. The sandy shore in this photo is a section of the Abel Tasman Coastal Track¬†in New Zealand’s Able Tasman National Park. I live in the mountains of Colorado and am no stranger to backpacking…