Category Archives: Sailing

Hiking & Sailing in the Marlborough Sounds

On to the South Island of New Zealand, where we will spend the next month. We flew from Kerikeri airport where we went through NO SECURITY whatsoever, including our stopover in Auckland! What a throwback. As a matter of fact, we have found New Zealand a delightful mix of throwbacks and enlightened attitudes: old-style motels, campervans, no security, prevalent hitchhiking…..and progressive measures benefitting the Maori people, legalized gay marriage, and environmental consciousness. We had the good fortune to spend a few days hiking and sailing in the Marlborough Sounds. The Marlborough Sounds are a collection of ancient sunken river valleys filled […]

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NZ Bay of Islands and Northlands

We left the Coromandel Peninsula to drive north to the Bay of Islands and the Northlands… an area we hadn’t yet visited on our previous trip to New Zealand. This area is rich in history. Māori tribes arrived here from other South Pacific islands about 750 years ago. Māori settled and multiplied throughout the bay and on several of its many islands. Many of the Māori settlements later played important roles in the development of New Zealand, such as Okiato (New Zealand’s first capital), and Waitangi, where the Treaty of Waitangi would later be signed… more on this later. Abel Tasman, […]

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Hiking to Boiling Lake on Dominica

The highlight of our stay in Dominica last April was the  hike to Boiling Lake. This hike is a must for any serious hiker visiting Dominica. Boiling Lake could arguably be one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, and getting there (and down) made for a gorgeous, adventuresome, arduous day filled with hot clay/pumice facials, hot spring soaks, freshly boiled eggs – in the hot spring river! – and waterfalls galore. There’s so much more to explore on Dominica, we’ll definitely be back. For example, Dominica is home to the Caribbean’s first long distance trail, the Waitukubuli National […]

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Sailing the Leeward Islands

Well… mostly the Leeward Islands. In April, we sailed for 3 weeks from St. Martin to St. Lucia. As you can see on the map below, St. Martin south to Dominica lies in the Leeward Islands, while our last two stops, Martinique and St. Lucia, are in the Windward Islands. We started on St. Martin, which is what the island itself is called. The island is divided roughly 60/40 between the Collectivité de Saint-Martin, an overseas collectivity of France, and Sint Maarten, one of four constituent countries that form the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The four parts of the Kingdom (Aruba, Curaçao, […]

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Mark & Shauna Trieb

We’re Mark and Shauna Trieb and we live in Dallas, Texas. We are actuaries-turned-adventurers and one of the truisms that guides us is: “Life is not a dress rehearsal.” So, we’re doing our best to see, meet, try, and inspire as many places, people, experiences and adventures, as we can during our one shot at life. Read More

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