The Pinnacles & Lesueur National Park

Pinnacles of sandstone stand in a desert of reddish sand

A little over two hours north of Perth is the Pinnacles desert, a desert unlike any other I have traversed. It is not just hot, dry, and sandy like many other deserts. There are spires that stand straight dotting the landscape like pins in a pincushion. The Pinnacles look like stalagmites without a cave. The … Read more The Pinnacles & Lesueur National Park

Motorcycle Adventures by Toby Richardson

Toby Richardson Adventure Riding in Peru

Foreword by Bonnie Truax In March we found ourselves scrambling for a location to shelter in place. Every lifestyle has its pros and cons. The biggest benefit of being a nomad is the freedom to pursue the adventure of exploring the world. The downside of being a nomad is that when a pandemic hits and … Read more Motorcycle Adventures by Toby Richardson

Lockdown in 118 square Feet

A dirt road in Burekup Western Australia

During the shelter-in-place order, we spent sixty-three days in a 118 sq.- foot home. That is about 155 times smaller than the last home we owned and lived in North Carolina before retiring from corporate. Yet it feels like a luxury. Luxury: a state of great comfort or elegance To me luxury is something I … Read more Lockdown in 118 square Feet

In This Together

Friends from around the world

We might be in this crazy pandemic together, but everyone has different circumstances that they are going through. We hear so much fear in the media and we are being bombarded with ideas on how we are supposed to feel. No one can tell someone else how they are supposed to feel.  The video below … Read more In This Together

Confinement in Fremantle Prison

A man awaiting his incarceration in Fremantle Prison in Western Australia

Before the world went crazy and we were all sequestered in our own homes I took three different tours of Fremantle Prison which is situated near Perth in Western Australia. My mind keeps going back to those tiny cells, smaller than our six-meter bus Lil’ Beaut that we live in. Not only were the cells … Read more Confinement in Fremantle Prison

Financial Stability in Times of Crisis

43BlueDoors logo above a field in Australia

These are uncertain times. Fear of sickness and fear of financial ruin abound. Many people across the globe are in quarantine. Many are staying home as suggested not for themselves but for the sake of all those at risk. They are doing their part to slow the spread of disease. They are selfless individuals willing … Read more Financial Stability in Times of Crisis

How Australia responds to tragedy

Budding grass in a recently burned out area

“G’Day, how you going?” “I’m stuffed” “Have a beer from the Esky, mate. I’ll throw something on the barbie” Translated into USA English: “Hello, how are you doing?” “I’m tired” or “I’m in trouble”“Have a beer from the cooler my friend. I’ll throw something on the BBQ” When you are in trouble in Australia, there … Read more How Australia responds to tragedy

The Flinders: Redefining a Mountain

Viewpoint from the drive around the Flinders Range looking into the red center of Australia

When I think of mountains I think of peaks that take a full day or more of trekking to reach, like the Santa Cruz Trek located in the Andes. There the thin air at 15,000 feet made breathing difficult and the elevation caused my stomach to feel queasy. The views were unparalleled. We trampled through snow … Read more The Flinders: Redefining a Mountain

White Sand Beaches and Cerulean Blue Waters: Esperance

Observation Point on The Great Ocean Road near Esperance

We pulled Lil’ Beaut up to the sand and sat there. And stared. Moments went by without measure. Pure white sand lay brilliantly illuminated by the sun on the expansive beach. The brilliance extended far out into the water. Crystal clear waves lapped gently on the shore. Where the gentle slope reached down into the … Read more White Sand Beaches and Cerulean Blue Waters: Esperance

The Long Desolate Road Across the Nullarbor

A view from the Nullarbor road

Two roads converge into one seemingly endless stretch of bitumen that connects the east to the west across the bottom of the continent of Australia. One road with no intersections, no mountains to climb, no major curves for 1,203 km (748 miles). That’s longer than the drive from Washington DC to Florida. NEW FEATURE! Listen to … Read more The Long Desolate Road Across the Nullarbor

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