Gorkhi-Terelj National Park, Mongolia

Wondering whether to go to Khustai or Terelj? Really they are quite different! Gorkhi Terelj National Park is worth staying overnight and even 2 nights, whereas Khustai is worth a 2 hour visit. We visited both in June of 2019 and actually stayed overnight at both but would not stay overnight at Khustai again. Read […]

Hustai National Park, Mongolia

One of the best places to see truly wild horses in Mongolia is at Hustai National Park, just 60 miles out of the city. I went there on my birthday, well the day before my birthday because I really wanted to turn 40 under the stars and not in a random hotel room in Ulaan […]

Kuang Si Waterfalls, Laos

Kuang Si Waterfalls is a beautiful location for photographers looking for some gorgeous Luang Prabang photography. We went for the turquoise waters of the falls that we’d heard a lot about. It’s probably on every list of the top things to see in Luang Prabang. But we had no idea that the Tat Kuang Si […]

Nara Deer Park

If you’re looking for a day trip from Osaka or Kyoto, the Deer Park should definitely be on any photographer’s Nara itinerary. Hundreds of deer just chilling all around a beautiful park, weaving through temple grounds and these stone lanterns called tōrōs. Osaka to Nara by Train We went to Nara in fall last year […]

Lake Sandoval in Puerto Maldonado, Peru

Earlier this year we headed out to experience Puerto Maldonado, Peru. We were looking for an Amazon jungle tour from Cusco, as we had decided to cancel going to Bolivia. After comparison of the costs of getting to Puerto Maldonado vs. Rurrenabaque, we decided on a Lake Sandoval lodge in Puerto Maldonado, which is just […]

Ballestas Islands, Peru

The Ballestas Islands is a set of small rocky islands off the coast of Paracas, Peru. We saw a dizzying number of birds, as well as sea lions, penguins, starfish and crabs and we thought it was totally worth it. They’re called the poor man’s Galapagos, because of the surprising amount of wildlife that call the […]

Avalanche Lake Trail at Glacier NP

The Avalanche lake trail at Glacier National Park is a very popular trail with gorgeous views of a gushing gorge and a lake with waterfalls. It’s less than 5 miles in total, “door-to-door” from the parking lot. I’m not a big hiker and had already had a couple of false starts on this trip to […]

Carrizo Plain Wildflower Superbloom

Unless you have been living on a rock, you must have noticed the amazing shots of the superbloom happening in California right now. The intense rain we got this year has made the desert bloom like never before, in stunning density that’s visible from space! Luckily I happened to be in the area a week […]

Gran Cenote, Tulum

The Gran Cenote, Tulum is an awesome underwater cave where you can snorkel with turtles. I’d never heard of cenotes until I visited Tulum. And I’d never snorkeled before either. So this place was novel for multiple reasons. My husband and I were at our hostel and looking for something to do. It had been […]

Cuyamaca Rancho SP

Cuyamaca Rancho State Park makes a great daytrip from San Diego. It has miles of hiking trails among some woodsy forests, which is a nice change of scenery from most of San Diego’s desert-y brown hiking terrain. I’m not a big hiker, did you guess? So I need my hikes to have some gorgeous vistas, flowing streams […]