Category Archives: Australia

Re-planning in the face of an obstacle

Sometimes it doesn’t make any difference how much planning you do for a trip. Forces-not-in-your-control can sideline the best of plans.  We envisioned long walks in the rain forest on our visit to far northern Queensland.  The unseasonable rain, day … Continue reading

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TRAVEL DAY 556 starts with morning coffee on the deck in the rain forest

Our lives may be simple – but with this long trip – our lives are definitely not boring.  Joe always has a black cup of coffee to start the day.  So, why not on a deck looking out to the … Continue reading

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You won’t find it if you don’t look

Rain sprinkled; rain poured.  The sun peeked out, but, within seconds, the sky darkened and the rain started up again.  For travelers who have come many miles to see the rainforest, we realized that if we wanted to see it, … Continue reading

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Breathe deeply

Imagine being overwhelmed by water surrounding you.  You can’t breathe.  If you use a snorkel, just inhale for relief. So it goes for grey mangrove trees smothered in water and mud.  They send up their “snorkels” to get air. The … Continue reading

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Ice cream, tea, and more

Our host, Vickie, showed us around the Inn. She tipped the lamp and – yes! – a white-lipped frog was sitting inside the light shade. Every evening, the frog dined on bugs attracted to the lamp by its light. Smart … Continue reading

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The Best Way to See Sydney?

We checked to see others’ recommended “must-do’s while in Sydney” and three walks were on all the lists. Clearly, one of the best ways to see Sydney includes walks with sweeping views of the sea, the harbor, and beaches – … Continue reading

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Do it – with meaning

We can be such slow learners.  We had visited several gardens on this trip, but not until we had wandered along the paths of the Chinese Garden of Friendship in Sydney (Australia) did we finally put it all together. We … Continue reading

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Travel the world; explore the neighborhood

Many people tell us, “While you’re in Sydney (or Tokyo or Shanghai…) you have to see (fill in the blank…).”   No, we don’t. We don’t have the time, money, or energy to visit every great place at the destinations we … Continue reading

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Seeing many waterfalls (but first you have to do a lot of steps)

Nothing in life is easy.  No pain no gain.  What goes up must come down. So it is with hiking the most popular day trek in the Blue Mountains – the National Pass.  We’re not wimps and a few steps … Continue reading

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Where to take travelers who’ve “seen it all”

Iconic sights we’ve seen on this trip.  Scott had a plan.  He’d take us to a place he knew we’d love and, in no way, would we ever discover it on our own.  Scott suggested a little bush walk not … Continue reading

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