Tag Archives: hiking

The Italian and French Rivieras

We were actually supposed to stop at Palamos, Spain rather than Sète, France prior to our last stop in Barcelona. But unrest and strikes due to the Catalonian Independence movement meant we diverted last minute to this sleepy little French town. Better sleepy than angry! Luckily, all was calm and gorgeous upon arrival in our last stop, Barcelona.

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Jungle Trekking and Caving

We ended our motorcycle trip through central Vietnam by coming in the ‘back door’ of Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng National Park, our jumping off point for an overnight trek/cave exploration adventure (yes, Mark agreed to go in caves!). ‘Kong: Skull Island’ was partially filmed here… Shauna looked for him, but only found this creature (video). The park was created to protect one of the world’s two largest karst regions with 300 caves and grottoes.  Karst topology generally refers to a landscape shaped by the dissolution of layers of soluble bedrock, in this case, limestone. Karsts are found all over the world, but this area is […]

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Hiking the Routeburn Track

Our final few days in New Zealand were spent hiking another of the Great Walks: the Routeburn Track. This was a shorter overall hike than the Milford, but the main day of hiking was a “PROPER HIKE”… one of our favorite days of hiking ever. Again, partly because we had brilliant weather. This area gets much less rain than the Milford Track, and the forests are very different, especially on the eastern side of the Harris Saddle. Due to less rainfall, the forests are predominantly made up of New Zealand red beech and mountain beech, with relatively few ferns. The […]

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Hiking the Milford Track

Touted as ‘the finest walk in the world‘ by poet Blanche Baughan in the London Spectator in 1908, the Milford Track is also the most famous of New Zealand’s Great Walks. The Maori frequently traveled this route during journeys to Milford Sound to collect pounamu (greenstone, or nephrite jade). In 1888 a track was cut up the Arthur Valley to Sutherland Falls (New Zealand’s highest waterfall). While obviously not as wide as Niagara Falls, it is over 10 times taller at 580 meters (versus 53 meters). Today approximately 14,000 people walk the Milford track each year making it one of the […]

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Albatross and Dolphins and Whales – Oh My!

Kaikoura is a popular tourist destination, mainly for whale watching (the sperm whale watching is perhaps the best and most developed in the world) and swimming with or near dolphins – wild dolphins, not those kept in a lagoon. Mark even learned to speak ‘dolphin’ (video). Kaikoura is one of the few places in the world where sperm whales can be seen year-round and close to shore. Once young male sperms whales are old enough to sustain themselves, they are kicked out of the pod. These males, until they are teenagers (our guide said until about 15 years of age […]

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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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