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New Zealand: Waitakere – Inside the Arataki Visitor Centre

You just never know who you might meet when you travel. This wooden sculpture of a male is inside the Arataki Visitor Centre and Himione Heketarere is carved on the bottom.


New Zealand: Waitakere – Views from outside the Arataki Visitor Centre

From the Arataki Visitor Centre in Waitakere, you can see the Hauraki Gulf (Pacific), Rangitoto, and north past Auckland city centre. If you gaze south past Auckland Airport, you’ll glimpse the Bombay Hills and west will lead your eyes to Manukau Harbour (Tasman Ocean).


New Zealand: Waitakere – Hotel Weta

Outside the Arataki Visitor Centre in Waitakere NZ, you can often see a local bug, the Weta in this hotel especially built for them. The second image is what they look like. Wetas are over 100 million years old (they knew the dinosaurs!) and haven’t changed much in all that time.


US: Seattle, WA – Seattle Architecture

Architecture doesn’t always spill out onto the roadway. Here’s a place in modernistic Seattle where it includes the road.

Canada: Sault Ste Marie, Ontario – Black Beaver Falls

At the Agawa Canyon Park, the River Trail will take you to these high roaring Black Beaver Waterfalls. Wooden viewing platforms make it all easy and enjoyable.

Canada: Agawa Canyon, Sault Ste Marie, Ontario – Wearing Bridal Veil Falls on my Head

Often people take photos without realizing how things are lined up. Here the Bridal Veil Falls have been placed on my head as a bridal veil. No, I wasn’t getting married in Agawa Canyon Park.

Canada: Sault Ste Marie, Ontario – Bridal Veil Falls in Agawa Canyon

At the end of the Agawa Canyon train ride, there are easy trail walks. Here the Bridal Veil Falls make for nice photography with reflections in the lake.

Canada: Sault Ste Marie, Ontario – Picnic Tables at Agawa Canyon Park

If you want to get away from the crowds, here are 2 picnic tables for you in Agawa Canyon Park. Take the train ride up from Sault Ste. Marie and enjoy the peace and quiet.

Canada: Sault Ste Marie, Ontario – Agawa Canyon Park Waterfalls

Here we are eager beavers at Black Beaver Falls. We didn’t see beavers or otters, mallard ducks or merganser ducks which all like to hang out here. But we did see roaring falls.

Canada: Sault Ste Marie, Ontario – Agawa Canyon Park

After 3 relaxing hours, when you get off the Agawa Canyon train at mile 114, you have opportunities for walks on 3 trails, The Talus Trail, the River Trail or this one: The Lookout Trail goes up 320 wooden steps to panoramic views of the canyon.