Going Away Party

Here are some images from our going away celebrations! Thanks for coming out to see us. We'll miss you!

Cook Islands

Our first stop on our big adventure. The island of Aitutaki was even more gorgeous than we imagined!
New Zealand - North Island

Here are our pics from the North Island. Coramandel Peninsula, Tongariro National Park and Auckland were the highlights.
New Zealand - South Island

Our 3 week adventure in the South Island with my mom (Jessica) was fantastic. Truly a gorgeous country!

Australia - New South Wales

We had a great time visiting Sydney and being back in a big city! The Blue Mountains were also striking.

Australia - Tasmania

We are spent a week visiting Tassie and and saw lots of the natural beauty for which it is renowned!

Australia - Victoria

We ate our way through Melbourne, traveled the Great Ocean Road, hiked the Grampians and saw the birthplace of Australian civilization.

Australia - South Australia

We are officially in the Outback, exploring some of the more remote areas of South Australia on roads more fit for 4WD than our trusty Hyundai.

Australia - Northern Territory

We saw NT twice first via Alice Springs, MacDonnell Ranges, Kings Canyon and the piece de resistance, Uluru. Our second trip to NT was to the Top End coming from the Kimberly to see Katherine, Litchfield Parks and onto Darwin.

Australia - Western Australia (Pt 1)

WA lived up to the lore and our hopes of a rugged and beautiful open expanse. Our trip from Perth to Broome then Darwin through the amazing Kimberly via the Gibb River Road and our victorious visit to the Bungle Bungles.
Australia - Western Australia (Pt 2)

Heading out from Broome, we drove the amazing Gibb River Road through the Kimberly and arrived victorious at for our visit to the Bungle Bungles.
Australia - Queensland

For our final act in Oz, we are going to see the Great Barrier Reef and get a taste of Queensland before we head off.
Japan (1)

We spent the first week (and then some!) exploring Kyoto with side trips to Nara and the Miho museum. We loved everything about Kyoto.
Japan (2)

The second half of our trip includes trips to Hiroshima, Koya-san, Takayama ending in Tokyo. A bit of a whirlwind, but great fun too!
Thai Cooking School (Koh Samui)

Our first couple of week in Thailand were dedicated to food! Miranda completed a professional cooking course, and Jay got a certificate for three tourist-level classes!

Our non-food experiences enjoying island life in Koh Samui and soaking in the energy and culture of Bangkok.

We were amazed by the Angkor temple complex and by the warmth of the Cambodian people.


The hustle and bustle of Hanoi had an infectious energy. Our taste buds savored the delectable local dishes that we can only wish to replicate at home.


We spent the last week of this amazing trip, relaxing at the beach in Langkawi before topping it off with one last cooking class in KL.

Australia - Southwestern WA (Pt 2)

On our trip in April 2008, we came back to WA to visit - enjoying the rugged coast in Esperance and wine tasting in Margaret River.