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Flying over the majestic Misty Fjords in Alaska

Flying over the majestic Misty Fjords in Alaska

Tucked away in the southern part of Alaska, Ketchikan is a tiny little town. The first Alaskan town to be established during the Gold Rush, it breathes of a lot of history, a fact which is not missed when you walk along the tiny Creek Street. The first Alaskan city, the salmon capital of the world, rainiest city in Alaska – these and other superlatives draw a lot of cruise ships to the town. Not too far away from Ketchikan…

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Day hikes not to miss around Seattle

Day hikes not to miss around Seattle

Pacific NorthWest during the summer time is a treasure trove of alpine lakes, wildflower-filled meadows, gleaming glacial basins, thundering waterfalls and more. Over the past few years of living in the Seattle area, I have been fortunate to go on some amazing hikes. In general, I prefer day hikes and keep photography as my main objective, with swimming being a close second. Here is a list of jaw dropping trails, all accessible within 3 hours drive from Seattle and of…

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On top of Washington – climbing Mt. Rainier

On top of Washington – climbing Mt. Rainier

Mt. Rainier carries its own personality and is a very unique climb, quips one of our climbing guides. It may not compare against the Himalayan climbs, but there is something special about climbing Mt. Rainier. During my usual evening runs near Kerry park, I would observe the tourists clicking away their picture-perfect selfies against the backdrop of the Seattle skyline and  Mt. Rainier. I knew that I would be climbing this beautiful volcano at some point in time, and that…

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Navigating through Alaska’s glacier filled fjords

Navigating through Alaska’s glacier filled fjords

Calling Seattle home has numerous perks for an adventure enthusiast, one of them being it’s proximity to the final frontier, Alaska. I had visited Alaska a few times during the late spring and summer time, and loved exploring different parts: from the wilderness of North-Western fjord in the Kenai peninsula, camping in the Denali National Park to the amazing Alaskan museum in Anchorage. However, this time around I wanted to visit during the early fall-season. I landed in Juneau on…

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Hawaii’s wonders: active lava flow into the Pacific

Hawaii’s wonders: active lava flow into the Pacific

Watching an active lava flow, seeing the fire and water come together in the rawest form had always been a travel dream of mine. Naturally, when I read that the  famous episode 61g had started flowing again, and flowing into the Pacific, I had to be there. Fortunately, it had been consistent for a few days in April, 2017.  Hence, I took off to Hawai’i or the Big Island with red hot hopes. The only active ocean flow was happening…

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Autumn magic in Colorado

Autumn magic in Colorado

  Autumn colors have always caught my fancy, be in literature, songs, movies, paintings or other mediums. As a photographer, the idea of capturing the fleeting nature of the autumn colors had always been a romantic one; at the same time a challenging one to time it right. My love of mountains, the Rockies specifically, and the fall foliage took me to Colorado this year. The week long journey, starting in Denver, took me to heart of the Rockies in Rocky Mountain National…

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Wildflowers’ galore: Eunice lake, Rainier National Park

Wildflowers’ galore: Eunice lake, Rainier National Park

With summer, starts the hiking season in the Pacific Northwest. The temperature is perfect, the sun shines bright on most occasions and the wild flowers are in full bloom. Having visited the more popular southwest entrance of the the Mount Rainier National Park aka the Paradise area,  I was keen on choosing a hike in a different part. Eunice lake and Tolmie Peak fire lookout hike seemed a great option for a day hike. Accessible via the north-west entrance of…

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A little place on the Pacific

A little place on the Pacific

Pacific, for me, with its deep blue and  deep waters, had always invoked conflicting sentiments of tranquility  and that of vast desolation. Living in  Seattle in the Pacific Northwest of US opened up a lot of opportunities to experience the  Pacific. Positioned between the US and Canada, San Juan archipelago  makes for an interesting weekend getaway. Huge vehicle cum passenger ferries regularly serve the San Juan islands – Orcas, Friday Harbor, Lopez island etc. When we arrived at the port…

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