Posts by Chris

New Zealand, Night #1: Otamure Bay

New Zealand, Night #1: Otamure Bay

With as much planning and preparation as we had done for this trip there was one major thing we purposefully skipped each time we discussed the trip; where we were sleeping the first night in the van.  Or the second.  Or the thirty after that. We wanted to keep our schedule open so we wouldn’t be bogged down by ‘having’ to be somewhere – but instead be open to spontaneous new experiences (which is the way
“You won’t be able to board the flight”

“You won’t be able to board the flight”

Words you don’t want to hear checking in to the first flight of your mega-trip. These uttered from the lips of an American Eagle (airline not clothing line) attendant at the check in counter in San Diego, “Unless we have proof that you’ll be leaving New Zealand you won’t be able to board the flight” she stated once again. Crap!  We had glossed over the New Zealand visa requirements after seeing at US citizens have an
The Secret of San Diego’s Awesomeness

The Secret of San Diego’s Awesomeness

In my experience, when I discuss a city with someone there are typically positives and negatives aspects that arise. New York has so much to do but it’s too crowded. San Francisco has such great cuisine but it’s just too expensive. Rome has gorgeous sights but it’s kind of dirty. Barcelona is amazing but there’s a ton of pickpockets. You get the gist. San Diego is an exception to that rule. I have quite literally never
Applauding for Sunsets

Applauding for Sunsets

Both of our wonderful San Diego hosts informed us early on about an interesting phenomenon; applauding sunsets. They insisted that these west coast sunsets were so good that people actually started clapping when they were done. Sounded silly at first – but by once the sun dipped below the horizon both Jenna and I found ourselves joining in. Check it out. And last but certainly not least… (Applause)
Scuba Diving in San Diego – A Story of Humongous Crabs

Scuba Diving in San Diego – A Story of Humongous Crabs

I completed the coursework and pool training for my SSI (Scuba Schools International) Open Water Scuba Diver Certification in Baltimore this fall but because of some scheduling conflicts was not able to complete the final 5 dives. Fortunately I was able to hook up with a dive center out here in San Diego, Dive California, and knock out the final 5 dives in epic fashion! I, along with my awesome dive instructor Danielle, had two full
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