September 2019 Trover Travel Scholarship

We are inspired every day by the beautiful discoveries you share with us. To honor the vibrancy and value that each of you brings to Trover, we created the $500 Trover Travel Scholarship. Each month, we award it to one traveler who has particularly inspired us with their photos and stories.

This month, we’re thrilled to award the Trover Travel Scholarship to Kirk & Lynn!

Meet Kirk & Lynn! These Bay Area adventurers work hard so they can spend their free time traveling. They love long weekends exploring their California stomping grounds and take two trips a year to explore far and wide. This team of Trovers capture travel moments on an iPhone 10 and their matching Canon EOS Rebel T7i’s. They recommend researching “the trip prior to traveling and plan your own personal adventure.” Beyond travel, Lynn is an antiquing aficionado and Kirk is the muscle for all those unique finds. Kirk’s specialty is landscape photography with a wide-angle lens, while Lynn likes to use zoom lenses for closeups and animal photos. We asked Kirk & Lynn to tell us about their favorite experiences they’ve shared on Trover. Take it away, you two . . .

Yukon Railway, Canada
Lynn and I rented a jeep in Skagway and spent the day driving along the Yukon highway over White’s Pass into British Columbia, Canada. In June, the bears are awakening and can be found eating the dandelions along the roadside. They seemed to be waiting for us to pull over and snap a few pictures out the jeep window at only a dozen feet away. We continued to Carcross, Canada for summer dog sledding on dog teams training for the Iditarod. At Emerald lake, we turned around. 7 bears were photographed on the trip. For the last bear photos, Lynn got out of the jeep and knocked a rock on on a snow marker and the bear stood for the final pictures. The drive along the Yukon highway provided for a relaxing wilderness escape.

Pu’uka’oku Falls, Hawaii
When planning our trip to Maui, HI, I found a helicopter tour that flew along the Maui north coast , to the island of Moloka’i, and back. The exciting part of this tour is that it offered “doors off”. Not knowing if Lynn and I would be OK without doors, we decided to do it. Just after taking off and banking around the control tower, we knew we made the right decision. Without glass to block our view, our photos were clear of reflections and helicopter parts . The highlight of the trip is flying by and over several waterfalls along the 3,000 for sea cliffs (largest in the World), and by Pu’uka’oku Falls. At 2,756 high, these falls are the 8th tallest in the World. My favorite picture of the falls required hanging out the helicopter to get the full height of the falls from top to the bottom pools.

Bonaire, Caribbean Netherlands
We had a fun day exploring the island of Bonair by renting a golf cart and carting around the island to at our own pace. It seemed that we discovered something new around every corner. Our trip started with the discovery of wild flamingos and an abandoned resort on the West side off the island. We then passed an abandoned lighthouse and the Salt Mountains on the South Side. We were mobbed by the donkeys while driving the cart around the expansive Bonair Donkey Sanctuary, and finished the trip up to Lake Goto for more Flamingo viewing and photography. The island is surrounded by the bluest water that I have ever seen. Next visit to the island will have to include snorkeling.

Follow Kirk & Lynn on Trover to see more of their awesome finds and see what they discover on their upcoming escape to Hawaii’s Big Island! Splitting their time between Hilo & Kona, they’re going for the full Hawaiian experience of volcanic landscapes, gorgeous waterfalls and small local villages to snorkeling, kayaking, and beach-bumming! You can also catch up with this traveling duo on Instagram. Thank you, Kirk & Lynn, for sharing your unique travel finds and in-depth knowledge with the Trover community! Enjoy the $500 for travel. Trove on!

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