Hiking and climbing on Sugarloaf Mountain in #Maryland. There is almost no freer feeling than that of running wild and unhindered in nature — through the soft and bright green ferns, across the jagged and moss covered boulders, over the fallen logs, ascending rock face — hands and feet feeling for cracks and scars to keep climbing up and up and up — until finally you are at the apex of it all, looking out over the sprawling landscape and endless horizon and the tippy tops of trees.
Excerpt from my journal: Arrived in Napier right as the sun was setting. Outside my window was a water-color splashed skyscape; light blues, pastel pinks, cream oranges. Too beautiful to be real.
The perfectly penciled clouds populated the foreground hiding the sun, which defiantly illuminated them from behind with an electric orange. It outlined the clouds like a neon sign in the sky before flickering out beneath the horizon and beyond a midnight blue lake.
Sunrise over New Mexico Desert seen from my Amtrak train I was on from Washington DC to Los Angeles California. The sky was afire with crimson and orange, beautiful.
Where is your favorite place to watch a sunset?
Here is a black and white view of Paihia, Bay Of Islands, and the town of Russell. I was there briefly while I was heading up to Cape Rainga, but I loved the small beach town. You can easily pass through it in minutes, but explore the town, chill out on the beach, see the vineyards of Russell and suddenly there is plenty to do.
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Here is a view of Cape Rainga, a spiritual place for the Maori people. This is the northern most point of New Zealand where the blue and the green of the ocean and bay clash together at the tip of the cape. The Maori believe that when they die, their soul travel up the entire island and up into their own heaven from this point.
It was a gorgeous and clear day here at the cape. It was spectacular seeing the two bodies of water come together and to stand at this beautiful, wind swept point.