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Mt. Mitoku, Mt. Daisen, Tottori Sand Dunes, Tottori, Japan (2016)
Located in southwestern Honshu, Japan's Tottori Prefecture is the least populous prefecture in Japan. Culture and geology are often found intertwined in this region: Mt. Mitoku is the site of numerous shrines cut into steep andesitic cliffs. Mt. Daisen is volcano with a complex history, and provides a challenging day-hike through the clouds. The Tottori Sand Dunes are Japan's only significant dune system.
Waterton National Park and Banff Area, Alberta, Canada (2016)
The Banff area is known worldwide as a phenomenal place to ski, hike, camp, canoe...the list goes on. Spectacularly uplifted and folded shales and limestone have been carved by glaciers into a truly enchanting landscape. On the other side of the province, the Canadian Badlands reveal spectacular dinosaur fossils and hoo-doos.
PADI Open Water and Deep Diver Certifications, Great Barrier Reef, Australia (2015)
Uluru and Kata Tjuta, Northern Territories, Australia (2015)
Arguably the most famous (non-gem-quality) rock in the world, Uluru. Uluru receives all the attention, but an even more fascinating formation stands nearby--Kata Tjuta.