Overcoming Anxiety on the Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef by Ayanadak123 (https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:The_dazzling_colours_of_the_Great_Barrier_Reef_near_Airlie_Beach,_Whitsunday_Islands,_Queensland.jpg)

I stood at the edge of the boat looking down at the ocean a few feet below me. Anxiety tightened in my stomach and wrapped its tentacles around my throat making it difficult to breathe. All I needed to do was take one giant stride. I had a weight belt on and a full BCD … Read more Overcoming Anxiety on the Great Barrier Reef

Five wonders of the Red Center, the heart of Australia

Trins standing on the edge of Kings Canyon looking across to the painted sheer cliffs on the opposite side.

The Red Center of Australia is filled with miles of vast, dry land that stretch out to the horizon in an endless sea of red sand, spinifex, and scrub brush. We drove through flood planes, flat and dry, devoid of anything taller than my waist. We crossed riverbeds that spoke of raging streams that once … Read more Five wonders of the Red Center, the heart of Australia

The many faces of Uluru (Ayers Rock).

A cave along the base of Uluru

A cool wind is blowing softly, just enough to tamper down the heat of the relentless sun. The view before me is astounding. The largest sandstone monolith in the world* sits in front of me. It is alone on the golden grassy plains of spinifex. The deep blue of the sky surrounding it is a … Read more The many faces of Uluru (Ayers Rock).

Kakadu or Kakadon’t with 2WD

Road crossing the river at Cahill's Crossing

“Can we see much in Kakadu with a 2WD?” I asked multiple people and googled the heck out of the question.   Everyone with a 4WD said, “No, with a 2WD it’s Kakadon’t.”   Another caravanner said she was convinced at the visitor center to just take a flight over Kakadu as she wouldn’t see much with … Read more Kakadu or Kakadon’t with 2WD

Crocodiles and crystalline waters: Darwin to Litchfield

Tolmer Falls, a long drop waterfall into a plunge pool surrounded by cliffs

Litchfield National park is filled with plunge pools, spring-fed streams, waterfalls, and rock holes. The many hiking trails lead through rugged landscape, sandstone escarpments and monsoon rain forests. We spent two full days in the park. We *free camped just outside the park on our first morning to get an early start. Our first stop … Read more Crocodiles and crystalline waters: Darwin to Litchfield

Crocodiles in caves and gorges: Tunnel Creek & Windjana Gorge

The center of Tunnel Cave where the roof has caved in allowing light to shine on the walls and water.

“There’s a baby croc over there,” said the lady sitting on a rock in the opening of the cave. She pointed to the far wall of the cave. I looked over and saw the slender, motionless body of a baby crocodile resting just below the surface of the water, his nose and eyes protruding above … Read more Crocodiles in caves and gorges: Tunnel Creek & Windjana Gorge

A Bed of Jasper: Marble Bar

Trin sitting on tons of Jasper

I’m fascinated by the comfort that water brings. Its life-sustaining power is so simple, so soothing. Especially as I sit here by a slow-moving deep river in the middle of an arid desert just outside of Marble Bar.  From Port Hedland we turned inland to see what we could see in Marble Bar. There did … Read more A Bed of Jasper: Marble Bar

Karijini National Park

Trin standing on the trail leading to the top of Mount Bruce looking over the red landscape of Karijini National Park.

Karijini National Park is one of Western Australia’s top tourist destinations. After seeing pictures of the narrow trails to hidden pools and scrambles through gorges I added it to our bucket list.  Getting to Karijini Swimming with whale sharks along the Ningaloo reef was amazing, but it was time to move on. We pointed Lil’ … Read more Karijini National Park

Swimming with Whale Sharks In Ningaloo Reef

Bonnie swimming with a whale shark along the Ningaloo reef

I slid off the back of the boat and into the deep blue ocean water. During the first few moments as I plunged beneath the surface only the bubbles from my descent were visible. When they cleared I saw a large shape in front of me. Within seconds a mouth as wide as the length … Read more Swimming with Whale Sharks In Ningaloo Reef

The Microscopic Jungle in Western Australia

The shorline of Lake Clifton filled with Thrombolites

From the boardwalk, I observed the strangest shoreline yet. Rounded mounds dotted the shallows breaking just above the waterline. As the lake grew deeper these mounds extended further under the water’s surface. What appeared to be perfectly shaped rocks were actually something alive. Australia has fascinated me since my first morning when I woke to … Read more The Microscopic Jungle in Western Australia

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