My folks have taken up residency this month in the Mexican city of Queretaro, a beautiful old city about three hours north of Mexico City. I’m here all week with my sis and will share some scenes as we explore town. Came upon this enchanting gate on a walk this Sunday.
Amazing image from photographer and friend Angie Smith, from a recent visit to British Columbia’s Blackcomb Mountain.
Found on her blog: blog.angiesmithphotography.com.
Waimea Canyon on Kauai is one of most striking parts of the island, known as the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific.”
One of our best island adventures was a drive to the top of the canyon and then a long hike across the peak of the canyon’s mountains crossing over the island through a swamp in the clouds. It was pure storybook sci-fi — a magical trail that started with muddy slopes (EPIC mud), rambling up and down like a crazy slippery jungle gym.
After a couple miles, it transitioned into the Alakai’i Swamp and for the next 4 miles or so, the path was a wooden platform that wove through a wonderland of trees and lush swamp plants, up and down the mountain ridge slopes. We literally walked through clouds of mist and fog, visibility limited to ten feet at times. I think I said “gorillas in the mist” a few dozen times. Watch the mist here.
Our favorite part of the Kauai trip was camping on the beach at Polihale, Kauai’s most remote region. It’s a stretch of wide sand that runs for 17 miles along the west coast where it runs up against the Na Pali coastal mountains.
Sick waves, total quiet, incredibly starry skies and the bliss that comes with zero connectivity. We spaced out, cooked over fires, watched humpback whales splash around offshore and just stayed put. Here are some scenes of morning light, sunsets and the glorious, hot-as-heck sunshine.
Waimea Plantation Cottages are located on Kauai’s southwestern shore, beautifully situated just outside the tiny town of Waimea.
We spent a couple nights here on our trip last week. …sigh….such a sweet spot. Each cottage is unique, decorated with simple furnishings, incorporating some gorgeous vintage Hawaiian fabrics. Quiet whirring ceiling fans, airy kitchens, a claw foot tub. It’s semi-luxe but also really homey. And a great base for our time exploring Waimea Canyon and some western beaches.
Forgive the music on their website and have a closer look: waimeaplantation.com. The beach isn’t swimmable but there’s a nice pool overlooking the Pacific. The first six pictures are mine, the rest courtesy of Waimea’s site.
$15 and available in four colors, it has a cushy neoprene strap to but the overall design is so slim and unobtrusive that I don’t feel too lame wearing it out on hikes and trips.
Today, Tim and I set off for a week on Kauai!
I am so excited for a mix of jungle trekking, shaved ice snacking, remote beach camping and straight-up downtime. If you have any tips on the island, please let me know!
(Pictured above, an illustrated table sign from the Paperfinger archives.)
It’s a welcome break from phones and wallets all weekend but I did take some photos on a walk yesterday at Plymouth Notch.
Spent the other weekend in Bend, Oregon hiking around Smith Rock State Park where we watched crazy/impressive rock climbers repel down from “Monkey Face” rock; skiing and trekking at Mount Bachelor and the necessary face-plant of a nap after it was all over. Beautiful place!
(Pictures by us; and yes, got a bit filter happy with my new Snapseed app)
Dargelos is a small company based in the Brooklyn Navy Yards who makes some really elegant solutions for city cyclists. I especially love the waterproof waxed canvas tote, which doubles as a backpack. ($95-210 in a few colors)
Shop online at Dargelos.cc.
(*via Cool Hunting)