For days the southern point of the Lofoten Islands, Norway, had been taunting us. We could see it on clear days in the distance as a dramatic cliff dropping straight into the ocean. Every day the anticipation grew as each paddle stroke brought us closer to this infamous point. The southern point of the Lofoten islands is called Moskenestraumen and is famous for its Maelstrom. Defined as a powerful whirlpool in the sea, a state . . .
My first thought as we settled into our homestay on day one of our trip in Raja Ampat was that I never wanted the trip to end. Our neat and tidy homestay was elevated above the turquoise water by stilts, with thatched roof above and a beautiful view that allowed us to watch the world go by and leave all the cares of our modern world behind. Our world, for the next 7 days, . . .
When fourteen Australian kayakers approached us wanting a voyage of adventure into the unknowns of Raja Ampat, all we could do was smile with excitement and begin searching for a place we had not been, a place where no one had kayaked. We looked for a place of great beauty, wildness, and secret- hard to find places. We found a place that promised all of the above and in the end, was more than . . .