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Heather and I went to The Big Island for one reason. Sure, the chance to see lava erupting from an active volcano was pretty nice. And the fact that we had a free place to stay, courtesy of a long time family friend didn’t hurt either. Black sand beaches, laid back towns and 11 of the…

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There aren’t many things that get me out of bed before the sun rises. I’m not a late sleeper, but normally a 7:15am start time would be enough to make me take a pass on just about anything. But I do make an exception for diving — especially scuba diving in Oahu. While there are many…

“You are very petite,” said the instructor disapprovingly as I walked through the door of Scuba Iceland. What might normally be considered a hair-flipping compliment would in fact turn out to be a hindrance to one of my greatest adventures yet: scuba diving in Iceland. * Certain activities seem synonymous with visiting Iceland: seeing the Northern…

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The following is one of my homework assignments from my travel writing class at NYU. The prompt was to write about something using the five senses. After watching Disney Nature’s Oceans last night I was inspired to share this here. Sight. It is the sense that drives us into the ocean. To witness colorful coral, swarms…

Beneath The Sea 2011 Recap thumbnail

Like the New York Times travel show, I barely knew what to expect when I bought my ticket for the Beneath the Sea dive expo. I knew that the website was impossible to navigate, and so is New Jersey, where the show was located. Luckily I had use of a car that weekend so I had…