Saturday, December 4, 2021
Last of a four-part series on New Zealand’s North Island                                      Text and pictures  © Allan Seiden, 2012       As with Hawaii, New Zealand is a living landscape. On North Island, evidence of volcanic,...
Third in a series on New Zealand’s North Island Text and pictures © Allan Seiden, 2012       When European settlers cleared 80% of North Island’s densely forested landscape in the last decades of the 19thcentury to create pasture for the cows and sheep that soon outnumbered the island’s human population. Today it’s...
Part two of a three part series on New Zealand’s North Island          In terms of size, it’s something of an unfair comparison.  With a metropolitan area of more than two million (about half the national population), sprawling Auckland is New Zealand’s commercial and financial capital. It’s highrise towers, capped by...
What's Not To Like ...A Visit to New Zealand's North Island Text and pictures by Allan Seiden My recent visit to New Zealand’s North Island proved not only memorable, but also worthy of a hop-on-a-plane recommend. On my first visit some years ago I’d spent my time on South Island with...
Story and photography by  Allan Seiden I wasn’t sure I was prepared for the 27 below zero that greeted me on my first morning in West Yellowstone, the south Montana town that serves as the winter gateway to Yellowstone National Park. Winter is the perfect time to visit Yellowstone, a time...
   Story and photography by Allan Seiden            Every trip offers unique perspectives that begin as soon as take-off sets things in motion. I always try to book a seat early enough to secure a window free of the wing, ready to marvel at the diversity and beauty that are...
  Story and pictures by Allan Seiden We arrived on a wintry day with powerful winds blowing in from the south. It was the last days of May, an iffy time weather-wise along this part of the East Coast: It could be sunny and in the 80s, or cold and blustery,...
Text and pictures by Allan Seiden Time has sculpted the landscape, while historic events played out at now hallowed sites... It was long ago that Kohala, the northernmost district of the Big Island,  was last volcanically active: Storms and wind and ocean waves have had their way, carving steep-walled valleys, coves,...
 Story and pictures by Allan Seiden The mana of a powerful past and a swim in clear waters make the Kona Coast a uniquely rewarding getaway… They could call the Big island’s Kona and Kohala districts Hawaii’s ‘cultural history coast.’ Even outposts of old Hawai`i like Hana can’t offer the lifestyle...
If you’re in Seattle, whatever the weather,  make the time for a day cruise. By Allan Seiden       The ferry made its way through white-capped seas at just under 20 knots. Sheltered from a stiff headwind I watched low-lying islands disappear and reappear, escaping the mist that hid them...