Travel & Adventure – 2016 in Photography

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Travel & Adventure – 2016 in Photography Although still totally part time, my 2016 photography definitely kind of grew to a new stage this past year. Not only was I able to build up the business a bit, but I really ticked off some major long-time photography goals throughout the year. More Moab Time Back […]

Pu’u Pee (Sweetheart Rock), Lanai

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Pu’u Pee (Sweetheart Rock) Lanai, Hawaii “On the southern coast of Lanai is picturesque Hulopoe Bay and Lanai’s main boat harbor, Manele Bay. Rising from the sea just between these two bays is the iconic Puu Pehe, or Sweetheart Rock. Besides being a picturesque natural landmark, Puu Pehe is also steeped in Hawaiian legend. Legend tells of […]

The Absolutely Stunning Four Seasons Resort Lanai

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The Absolutely Stunning Four Seasons Resort Lanai Lanai, Hawaii I’ve really hate how often the words “stunning” and “jaw-dropping” get thrown around the interwebs because whatever content that adjective-laced click-bait title introduces is usually far from either stunning or jaw-dropping. But in regards to the newly overhauled Four Seasons Resort Lanai, those adjectives might actually be an understatement.  […]

A Couple Days on Lanai

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A Couple Days on Lanai Lanai, Hawaii As popular as Hawaii is for vacation travel, many people have never even heard of the tiny island of Lanai, located only 9 miles west of Maui. Until about a year ago, I hadn’t either… Lanai is a small 140-square mile island that has been in private hands […]

Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko’Olina

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Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko’Olina Oahu, Hawaii When visiting Oahu, we were lucky enough to get to stay at the new Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko’Olina on Oahu’s sunny, western coast and just 30 minutes from downtown Honolulu. “The beachfront property, which was previously branded as a JW Marriott and sits next to Disney’s […]

Ko Olina – “Place of Joy”

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Ko Olina – “Place of Joy” Oahu, Hawaii “For as long as anyone can remember, Ko Olina has been a place of joy. Hawaiian nobility once sojourned here when weary of the cares of state. The royal chiefs, their wives, children and retinues came to fish in the bountiful waters, bath in the sacred pools, […]

The Windward Coast of Oahu

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The Windward Coast of Oahu Oahu, Hawaii   The Windward Coast of Oahu – In Hawaii, the prevailing trade winds blow east/northeast to west/southwest bringing storms and cooler air with them to the windward, or east, side of the islands. On Oahu, the incoming storms and moisture stall on the corduroy-ridged, nearly perpendicular cliffs of the Ko’olau […]

Diamond Head – Waikiki, Oahu

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Diamond Head State Park – Waikiki Oahu, Hawaii In 1906, Fort Ruger was established in and around the Diamond Head crater and charged with the defense of the harbor of Honolulu as part of the US Army Coastal Artillery defense system. With it’s prominent location, several posts and observation stations were built into the outer […]

Oahu – Big City & Tropical Paradise

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Big City & Tropical Paradise Oahu, Hawaii Like the other islands, islets and shoals that make up the 1,600-mile Hawaiian Island chain, Oahu is believed to be the product of a single hot spot in the earth’s mantle. Over the course of millions of years, the earth’s crust drifted to the northwest across this hot […]

I Finally Made it to Hawaii!

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I Finally Visited Hawaii! Oahu & Lanai Hawaii is like no other place on earth. It’s home to some of the world’s most beautiful sugary beaches, perfect cobalt blue oceans, incredible diving and snorkeling in reefs teeming ocean life, dense tropical rain forests, one of the most active volcanoes on the planet, towering jagged mountains including the world’s […]

2015 Travel & Adventure

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2015 Travel & Adventure 2015 was marred with spurts of heavy travel and photography, each followed by a lull of complete and utter laziness – My real job was slammin’ as we completed a $4 million renovation to the property in preparation for ski season, but it’s now the new year and I don’t think I’ve gone out […]

19 Reasons to Visit the Philippines

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19 Reasons to Visit the Philippines Before going to the Philippines, it was incredible how many people asked, “Why are you going to visit the Philippines?” Like I was crazy. My answer was almost always, “Because it looks beautiful.”   Now when I’m asked, “Why did you go to the Philippines?” that answer is simply, “Because […]

I Am Not A Traveler

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I Am Not A Traveler *I actually wrote this while in Banaue when I was sick, waiting for an overnight bus, and avoiding some monster thunderstorms… “Are you traveling or on a vacation?” I was asked by a young German hippie with long dreaded hair and as if trying to be sterotypical, wearing a bright tie […]

Simplistic Siargao, Philippines

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Simplistic Siargao Siargao, Philippines Starting to get a bit stircrazy at the bungalow, I wandered in to town in search of some water and a quick coffee. We were staying in General Luna, one of the touristy areas of Siargao on the southeastern tip of the tear-drop shaped island, but in walking through town, even the […]

El Nido, Palawan

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El Nido Palawan, Philippines Boat life must have been tough because my first day in El Nido consisted of me switching between a hammock and chair while drinking coffee/beers and reading an entire book on our bungalow porch. I cannot remember the last time I had done that. And it was awesome. El Nido (Spanish for […]

Island Life – Tao Expeditions (Day 4)

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Island Life – Tao Expeditions (Day 4) Being the light sleeper that I am, I awoke on my stomach right before sunrise, the early morning glow just enough to light up the beach and Balatik through my bug net. Finally feeling pretty good, I grabbed my camera and tripod and crept out of the open bungalow as […]

Bioluminescence & A Dream Boat – Tao Expeditions (Day 2)

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Bioluminescence & A Dream Boat – Tao Expeditions (Day 2) Palawan, Philippines After a few hours struggling with my ‘seafood intolerance,’ I was at least functioning again, but since I was feeling weak, dazed, and unsocial so I just grabbed some water and my camera and stumbled down to the beach on Linapacan Island. I was shooting some night […]

Why Travel to Southeast Asia?

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Why Travel to Southeast Asia? I didn’t travel ‘exotically’ last year – I traveled, but nothing that required spending an entire 24+ hours to get where I was going. In the Fall, after not going ‘exotic,’ I got the travel itch to head international again. I wanted to be miserable in a coach seat for 16 […]

Bucket List – 2014 Was An Good One…

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Bucket List – 2014 Was An Good One… The ‘Stuff I’d Like to Do Soon’ List I’m not a fan of a “bucket list.” More often than not, bucket lists tend to be an aimless inventory of optimistic fantasies as opposed to realistic futures. I haven’t come up with a good name for my realistic “bucket list,” but it […]

2012 New Years Resolution…Check!

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2012 New Years Resolution…Check! Even though it was done in a way I never expected, I think this is the first time I can actually say that I actually completed my New Years resolution. I set out 2012 with the goal of visiting 5 new National Parks, but I thought I’d really end up closer to 10 […]