I took the short hike up the hill along side the dusty road to take in the estuary and Maramaratotara Bay in one direction and Lonely Bay and Cooks Bay around the other side of the cliff. Continue reading Shakespeare’s Cliff Reserve
Inside Te Wairoa’s buried village, was a trail that followed Tarawera River to the falls with approximately one hundred steps down to the bottom. Continue reading Te Wairoa Falls Trail
Tikitapu was named after the daughter of a chief who lost her sacred greenstone neck ornament. The pristine waters, located just out of Rotorua, were surrounded by a forest of tree ferns. Continue reading Tikitapu (Blue Lake)
The aqua water of Lower Joffre Lake mirrored the pines on the opposite bank. Above loomed Matier Glacier with its melting ice cascading from Upper Joffre Lake, to Middle Joffre Lake, to the one I stood near. The sun glistened on the snow covering the peak, making it impossible to turn back. Continue reading Joffre Lake Provincial Park
Barnett Marine Park, just off the highway in Burnaby, is a place to hike if you want that open space feeling rather than being enclosed by tall trees as in most of B.C.’s hiking trails. Continue reading Barnett Marine Park
Lynn Canyon Park’s Twin Falls was nothing spectacular, but the trail down to the falls was worth the short hike. Continue reading North Vancouver’s Twin Falls
Further north from Newfoundland’s Port au Choix was Flowers Cove where on a clear day, it was possible to see the coastline of Labrador. On the day I arrived in the tiny town, this wasn’t possible but I wasn’t disappointed because I’d come to see the thrombolites.
According to the sign along the well-maintained trail, thrombolites, or living rocks, were like the earliest forms of life on earth from over three billion years ago. Not only were they ancient, but rare. In fact, they are only found in one other place in the world, Shark Bay in Western Australia.