French Polynesia 2018: Brando Island—Day 2

Moorea

Day two started and ended on a leisurely note, exactly as we had planned. After breakfast at the Beachcomber Café, we took a stroll along the beach. When overhanging coconut trees or other vegetation blocked our path, we waded into the shallow waters of the turquoise lagoon and swam around them, mindful of the rough reef formations that protruded from the white sands—to protect us and the reef.  Continue reading

French Polynesia 2018: Brando Island—Day 1

Tetiaroa, French Polynesia

When my husband, who has a case of wanderlust, mentioned a second trip to New Zealand, I’m pretty sure my eyes glazed over. Of course I loved the idea of revisiting the islands, but the thought of making that long flight—again—didn’t appeal to me one bit. Teasingly, I said, “Sure, if we break up the plane ride by spending some time in Bora Bora.” I should have known he would take me literally. In retrospect, I wonder if one long flight, rather than a series of flights, would’ve been a better idea. Continue reading

Colorado 2018: Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountains, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

Our plan for the day was to visit the Stanley Hotel, Estes Park, and the Rocky Mountain National Park. That day, the temperature in Denver would climb to a warm ninety-two degrees, but in the mountains it turned out to be a chilly forty degrees with threatening rain clouds chasing us most of the way. Continue reading