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How to Survive on a Scooter in Thailand

By | Beaches, Thailand, Travel | 3 Comments

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It’s All Fun and Games Until Someone Hits an Elephant
Despite not having much material wealth, the people of Thailand are some of the happiest and nicest I’ve come across in my travels. There are probably a number of studies hypothesizing as to why this might be the case. I just think they are overjoyed that they’ve survived their most recent ride on their motorized scooter.

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Horseplay in New Zealand with Ben the Clydesdale

By | New Zealand, Outdoor, Travel | One Comment
There’s a huge, four-year-old Clydesdale named Ben who plies his trade on a ridiculously scenic horseback riding station outside Queenstown, New Zealand. Ben loves to eat…anything. Ben also enjoys stopping for drinks at stream crossings and is quite perturbed by flies buzzing around his head (but who isn’t?). His best friend—or mate, as they say in these parts—is a former racehorse named George. I know all of this because I spent two hours aboard Ben on the first horseback ride of my life. Can you even be “aboard” a horse? Doesn’t matter. Read More

Trekking the Tongariro Alpine Crossing

By | New Zealand, Outdoor, Travel | 3 Comments
When asked in the early 1920s why he wanted to climb Mount Everest, legendary English mountaineer George Mallory famously replied: “Because it’s there.” Mallory died on Everest in 1924 and his body was found 75 years later. So, as it turns out, he was “there” a while himself.

My reasons for undertaking the slightly less challenging Tongariro Alpine Crossing in the center of the North Island of New Zealand were different from Mallory’s… as was my intended fate. Read More

Two Weeks in New Zealand – By the Numbers

By | New Zealand, Travel | One Comment

The first in a series of posts on my trip to New Zealand. 

Hello. Welcome to my new website and the new home of the blog you know and love. I’m kicking off this revamped blog page with a series of stories from a sensational two-week trip to New Zealand that I’ve just returned from. I’ve put together a short teaser video at the bottom of this story to give you an idea of what’s to come in those stories.

Feel free to sign up on the right side of this page to receive updates when I post new material. I’m looking forward to sharing the stories and images from this trip. New Zealand is the most stunning, pristine place I’ve ever seen and I hope the photos, videos and words that I publish here do it justice. To give you an idea of what’s in store, below is a look at the trip By the Numbers. Read More

Happy Father’s Day

By | Essay | 6 Comments
Dad buys Pebble

Pebble Beach was for sale at the time. We can all dream, Dad.

When I was nine years old, I asked my dad for a new aluminum baseball bat that I’d been eyeing for weeks at the local sporting goods store. Since this was obviously a very long time ago—depressingly long ago, in fact—it would be reasonable to wonder why I would remember this bat. Believe me, this was one sexy baseball bat.

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Yellow Water Cruise in The Aussie Outback

By | Australia, Travel | 2 Comments

CrocSignWhen the large, rickety van that would take us to the docks of the famous Yellow Water Cruise splashed through the flooded parking lot and came to a stop, our driver and soon-to-be boat captain shared this: “After last night’s rain a 15-foot crocodile was sitting right up there in a puddle in the parking lot when we came into work this morning.” Yes, when it comes to tourism gigs, his is a bit different than the guy who checks tickets at Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride at Disney World. Before jumping out, he gave strict instructions to remain in the van until he opened the sliding door and told us to proceed straight to the “cage of death.”

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Don’t Go Swimming in Darwin

By | Australia, Travel | 5 Comments

Sunset
I should have known that Darwin would be a little different when, on the 20-minute cab ride from the airport to my hotel, I noticed a quaint Aboriginal Art Store in a small strip mall. “Isn’t that cool,” I thought, “this place is legit Australia.” And then I looked at the store next to it: SEXYLAND – Australia’s largest range of FUN products for adults! Read More