Category Archives: Nature & Adventure

The Tottori Sand Dunes- Enjoying Japan’s Largest Dunes

Wait a minute…I’m still in Japan, right? I scan the scenery surrounding me- it’s all sun, sand and sea. This looks nothing like what I saw on my first trip to Japan a year earlier. Where were the castles, the temples, the shrines, the forests? Instead, here I am, standing at the edge of the…

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Climbing Mount Mitoku- The Trek to Nageiredo

Walking up a smooth, well-worn stone staircase to Sanbutsuji Temple, I instantly hoped the whole trail up Japan’s Mount Mitoku wasn’t going to be this steep. Looking back now, that was the easiest part of hiking Mitokusan. My adventurous hike (or should I say climb) up Mount Mitoku began simply enough. I met with the…

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  • Mariko - Wow, what an experience!August 29, 2016 – 11:21 pmReplyCancel

  • Tom - Looks pretty good to make the detour to Misasa! I will be staying around 2 nights in Tottori and Matsue-area each later this year as a part of my +1 month solo travel in Japan (public transportation). I have a question: you stated they dont let anyone climb alone. So if nobody show up you wont be allowed to walk/climb the route? I’ll be travelling there late September/early October. Pretty comprehensive guides btw!May 1, 2019 – 2:33 pmReplyCancel

Feeding Deer in Nara Park, Japan

Entering into the heart of Nara Park we are greeted by a small, friendly deer wandering freely throughout the grounds. Approaching us, the deer bows its head down, as if to say hello. “Oh, so cute! Look how she’s bowing her head,” I enthusiastically announced to Mike. “I think she’s politely asking for some deer…

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Exploring Everglades National Park

Life. Diversity. Those are the two words that first come to mind when I think about Florida’s Everglades National Park. In just one park, you can enjoy an impressive variety of animals, plants and eco-systems. There’s freshwater sloughs, tropical hammocks, coastal lowlands, marl prairies, pineland, cypress, mangrove, marine and estuarine environments. The medley of life…

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  • Cristina - Love the pictures! I was there last year and this is definitely an area worth visiting! Thanks for sharing, made me feel there again!July 8, 2016 – 1:19 amReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Thank you so much, Cristina! Glad I could bring back some happy memories!July 18, 2016 – 2:01 pmReplyCancel

Visiting Iwatayama Monkey Park in Kyoto

As a big animal lover, I am always thrilled when I get to see wildlife on my travels. As educational as zoos can be, nothing compares to seeing an animal in its natural habitat, unconfined. So when I found out about the Iwatayama Monkey Park in Kyoto, where monkeys freely roam the hilltops, I just…

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Devils Tower National Monument

Driving through the rolling hills of northeast Wyoming we pass by vast grasslands, quiet ranches, and small country towns. The scenery is peaceful, undisturbed, and my mind easily wanders to scenes of the Wild West. Lost in thought, I imagine the Sundance Kid causing havoc in these parts, stealing guns and horses, establishing his reputation…

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  • Frank - Great! I would have guessed it was glaciers being dragged and leaving those marks…but I’m no geologist.
    Awesome photos.
    Frank (bbqboy)March 27, 2016 – 10:36 amReplyCancel

Cherry Blossom Viewing Spots in Kyoto- Our 6 Favourite Locations

Every spring, cherry trees all across Japan explode into soft shades of pink, making it one of the most beautiful (and popular) times to visit. The landscapes become irresistible for both travelers and locals alike. It seems like everyone is out enjoying walks in the park, picnicking under the blooming trees and happily capturing nature’s…

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6 Ways to Enjoy a Winter Trip to Jasper

Jasper National Park is a great place to visit year round, but it can be especially fun in the winter. Active travellers and outdoor adventurers will find plenty of activities to enjoy during a winter trip to Jasper. Things to Do in Jasper in Winter- Our Favourite Winter Activities in Jasper National Park We’ve made…

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Key West Sunset Sail- The Appledore V Schooner

Sunsets in Key West are a much anticipated, highly celebrated, beloved event. For us, there was no better place to enjoy the changing colours of the evening sky than aboard a sailboat. Sunsets are inherently relaxing, but add in the gentle rocking of a sailboat and you’ll soon feel calmness take over. I’m not usually…

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  • Frank - Spectacular photos Rhonda! Absolutely beautiful.
    Frank (bbqboy)December 3, 2015 – 12:05 amReplyCancel

Visiting Dry Tortugas National Park and Fort Jefferson

Dry Tortugas National Park was the place I was most looking forward to visiting during our trip to the Florida Keys. I first discovered it in a photograph. It was an aerial picture, giving a bird’s eye view of the six-sided historic Fort Jefferson, so large that it nearly filled the entire island. I was…

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Horseback Ride to the Plain of Six Glaciers Tea House- Lake Louise

It was our quest for new adventures in Lake Louise that led us try horseback riding for the first time, going all the way up to the historic Plain of Six Glaciers Tea House nestled high in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Neither one of us had been on a horse before. I had always been…

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Larch Valley Hike- Banff National Park’s Most Beautiful Autumn Hike

The Larch Valley hike near Lake Louise has been something Mike and I have been talking about doing for years, so this fall we finally decided to make it happen. Wow, had we been missing out all this time! The Lake Louise area is a special place any time of year, but it shines just…

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  • Dave and Robin - A very enjoyable post – and great photos! I think we may have to add this to our bucket list. Looking forward to reading more of your adventures.May 22, 2017 – 10:26 amReplyCancel

Hiking Mount Misen- Miyajima, Japan

One of the fondest memories of our trip to Miyajima Island was hiking Mount Misen. Seeing as Mike and I both love nature, history and experiencing the culture of a destination, Mount Misen was the perfect place for us to combine our interests into an active afternoon of exquisite views and spiritual sites. About Mount…

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  • Surabhi - This post makes me really excited to go in October. I did choose to just show up and do one of the smaller trails and hopefully it’s just as good.September 29, 2015 – 5:19 amReplyCancel

  • travel His world - What a cool hike! The view at the top looks amazing. What an interesting temple!March 26, 2019 – 10:19 pmReplyCancel

A Scenic Drive on the North Cascades Highway- Photo Series

On our way home from our Alaska cruise, we decided to take the scenic route back to Edmonton. Well, it was more of a scenic detour since it wasn’t even close to the normal route we usually take home from Vancouver! Anyone who knows me is aware that I am a stickler for efficiency, and…

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  • Alix - Beautiful photos! I’ve never taken that route, but it looks like an amazing drive. Will definitely have to try it out! As my Instagram feed will attest to, I have a thing for turquoise blue alpine lakes and the one in your photos looks like a must see!

    AlixAugust 10, 2015 – 12:12 pmReplyCancel

  • Sand In My Suitcase - That’s quite a bit of a detour! Normally, you’d drive through Jasper, wouldn’t you? We were so smitten with visiting Jasper National Park last year that we visited again this summer on a family holiday. Your photos are beautiful :-)August 20, 2015 – 10:00 amReplyCancel

Hiking Jasper’s Valley of the Five Lakes

It was a beautiful day in May. Warm, sunny, a clear blue sky above and fresh mountain air to awaken the senses. It was the perfect weather for a casual hike in Jasper! I decided I wanted to see somewhere in Jasper I haven’t been before, so Mike suggested we do the Valley of the…

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  • Adrienn Takacs - Wow! It looks like such an amazing place! Gotta love those red chairs, haha! But seriously, the lakes and the mountain scenery in the background is to die for! Thanks for sharing :)April 12, 2016 – 11:52 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Yes, it’s a nice easy hike that takes you to some gorgeous locations!April 13, 2016 – 7:40 amReplyCancel

  • John Guan - wow, a great way to ruin a beautiful landscape with a pair of tacky beach chairs. I hope whoever put those got the instagram picture they wanted. ugh.April 20, 2016 – 10:56 pmReplyCancel

Wildlife in Jasper National Park

Whenever I’m in the mood to see cute wildlife, Mike and I make a trip to Jasper National Park. Well, not every time because then we’d never be home! Jasper is, by far, the best place in the Canadian Rocky Mountains to see wildlife. In one weekend alone we saw nine bears, three moose, and…

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  • David - Nice wildlife photos! Good tips on seeing the wildlife.May 29, 2015 – 12:11 pmReplyCancel

  • Laura - So nice you can just head on over to Jasper whenever you feel like seeing wildlife! After seeing next to nothing in Banff and Lake Louise, I was so excited to finally see tons of wildlife in Jasper. And it’s so beautiful there. But my favorite place around that area was the Beaver Boardwalk in Hinton. So amazing to see them in their natural habitat and unfazed by humans!May 29, 2015 – 1:28 pmReplyCancel

  • Alouise - Great photos and great tips. I love going to Jasper for the wildlife, because you’re pretty much guaranteed to see something (even if it’s just the bighorn sheep wandering by the highway).June 1, 2015 – 6:53 pmReplyCancel

  • dmitry - Thank you for pointing out the animals and also where to encounter them.September 13, 2016 – 4:11 pmReplyCancel

Grassi Lakes Hike and Scenic Walks in Canmore

When we were in Canmore for the Uncorked Food and Drink Festival, we needed to find a way to work off all the delicious calories we were consuming. Lucky for us, in Canmore there are plenty of opportunities for hiking, biking, or simply taking a leisurely, scenic stroll. We opted for easy hikes and walks…

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  • Frank - The Canadian West is so beautiful! I haven’t been in about 15 years but we might get out there later in the year.
    Great photos,
    Frank (bbqboy)May 21, 2015 – 1:05 amReplyCancel

Canmore Helicopter Tour- Sightseeing in Alberta’s Rocky Mountains

I bow my head down as I walk into a brisk wind, the two strong blades of a helicopter loudly turning above my head. “I can’t believe this is really happening,” I think as I climb up into the bright-red Bell Long Ranger. I quickly fasten my seatbelt and then fumble with the headset, big…

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  • Sand In My Suitcase - Well, looks like your first helicopter ride will be hard to beat! Amazing photos of those snow-covered mountains… We last took a helicopter ride in Kauai, Hawaii (no doors – better photos) – much more exhilarating than a small plane ride…May 4, 2015 – 8:18 pmReplyCancel

  • Kanika Kalia - Amazing pics.. will surely try to do a helicopter ride when I go to Alberta…May 6, 2015 – 5:37 amReplyCancel

  • Lauren - Wow! The pictures are beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing your tour!May 11, 2015 – 12:07 pmReplyCancel

  • Donna Corrigan - I hope to get to Canmore in the next year as my son just started to work at alpine helicopters. I ve never been west and love all the pics. I have never been in a helicopter either and am looking forward to the tour in the mountains. It truly is a spectacular place. I have enjoyed all the photos. Thanks. Have a nice day.May 15, 2015 – 6:05 pmReplyCancel

All Aboard The McKinley Explorer! – A Ride on the Scenic Alaska Railroad

It’s no secret that we love travelling by train! We’ve made many train trips over the years, but our journey on the Alaska Railroad was the most scenic train trip we’ve been on so far. Our ride on the McKinley Explorer was part of our Alaska cruise. We chose an itinerary that had a land…

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  • [email protected] - Wow, the landscape looks stunning. Everyone of your posts makes it harder for me not to change my travel plans for this year and go to Alaska instead ;)

    March 26, 2015 – 9:36 amReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - You definitely should go to Alaska! It is such an incredible place. I’ve been twice now and would go again in a heartbeat!April 14, 2015 – 4:30 pmReplyCancel

  • Mary Gerst Adkisson - What lens were you shooting these shots withApril 15, 2015 – 3:45 amReplyCancel

  • Malisa Mercer - What month did you go?July 6, 2016 – 5:15 amReplyCancel

  • Donna - You have almost the same pictures that I have, except you were lucky enough to see Denali. My pictures have all clouds. How disappointing to know that I really was looking at the mountain and she just didn’t want to be seen that day.June 17, 2017 – 12:49 pmReplyCancel

Denali National Park- A Living Masterpiece

Sitting at the back of an old, refurbished school-type bus, we stare out the windows as we slowly make our way along the single dusty, dirt road of Denali National Park. Six million of acres of wild land surround us. Initially, I’m surprised by what I see. The landscape is not the jagged, snow-capped mountains…

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  • Matt Purchase - Some great pictures! Some of the mountain shots almost look like miniatures! Very cool.March 9, 2015 – 8:05 amReplyCancel

  • Tracey - Lovely pictures and a good read! Brings back memories! I was curious as to what month these pictures were taken.
    It is interesting to see how much the landscape changes over various times throughout the year, hence why I am curious as to what month your pics were in. I think it helps readers too, as they can get an idea of what things will look like in different seasons and months. I went to Denali in early June and the landscape was quite different in parts. I just love how it changes so dramatically from season to season and month to month.December 8, 2017 – 6:52 pmReplyCancel

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