Michael

About Michael

I'm an adventurous explorer with a passion for discovering the world around us. I've been fortunate to have had opportunities to travel and support both local and global initiatives since 1989 when I first traveled abroad as a Peace Corps volunteer. This portal details some of my most recent travels, hikes, and expeditions to some of the more than 60 countries I have traveled.

National Biodiversity Centre – Serbithang, Bhutan

“Throughout the centuries, the Bhutanese have treasured their natural environment and have looked upon it as the source of all life. This traditional reverence for nature has delivered us into the twentieth century with our environment still richly intact. We wish to continue living in harmony with nature and to pass on this rich heritage to our future generations.”

– His Majesty the King Jigme Singye Wangchuck

Diamond Head State Monument

The trail to the summit of Lē‘ahi was built in 1908 as part of O‘ahu’s coastal defense system. The 0.8 mile hike from trailhead to the summit is steep and strenuous, gaining 560 feet as it ascends from the crater floor.

The Sandbar, Kaneohe Bay

Kaneohe Bay Sandbar in northeast Oahu is a unique natural sand formation located at the center of a reef protected bay. Depending on the tide, the sand ridges can be completely exposed or shallowly covered with water. This sandbar and its surrounding coral reefs are perfect for snorkeling, beach volleyball, having a tasty lunch and enjoying views of the majestic Koolau Mountains and nearby islets.