The Iconic Hill Inlet in the Whitsundays

Trinity & Bonnie standing in front of Whitehaven beach in the Whitsundays

Sometimes we are drawn to a place because it is a historical wonder, like Machu Pichu. Sometimes it’s the significance and geological wonder of a place like Uluru. Other times it’s the overwhelming natural majesty of places like Torres del Paine. But with the Whitsundays, it was a photo. The now-seemingly-proverbial Instagram moment when you … Read more

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

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

Winds of Change in the Islands of Victoria

Boardwalk at the Nobbies on Philip Island, VIC, Australia

As we wandered around Raymond Island gazing up into the trees at the Koalas, we couldn’t help but laugh. They look like large teddy bears, but they are not bears as the first European explorers thought, they are marsupials and carry their young in pouches. It was apparent that they were feeling the near 40ºC … Read more

Salt of the Earth: Australia’s NSW South Coast

Bride standing among basalt lava by the Kiama coast line

Kangaroo Valley The sun had just pulled away its final rays and the night was quiet, surprisingly quiet given the number of other campers in this park. So we were startled when the entire bus began to rock back and forth accompanied by a loud sawing sound from the back of Lil’ Beaut. Trin and … Read more

The Edge of the World: North West Tasmania

Promenade by Marc and Debbie Spijkerbosh "Stepping into an artistic promenade - a journey of discovery and inspiration where natures's beauty surrounds us."

The Edge of the World lies on a rocky windswept coast and we were headed to its stormy shore. But first, we made a few stops along the way. Penguin, Tasmania Along the north coast of Tasmania is a town called Penguin, aptly named for the many penguins that nest in the area. The tuxedo-clad … Read more

Blue Ice and Antarctica

Seal on ice in Antarctica

I watched as the ship pulled away from the dock and I stood in silence as it headed back out to sea. I couldn’t talk about it for two days. Twenty-two days I spent on that ship filled with the beauty of raw nature in all her glory. I’m overwhelmed with gratitude. I have fallen … Read more

Torres del Paine W Trek

The towers of the Torres del Paine W Trek

Jagged mountain peaks line the sky, glaciers cling to the rugged landscape, streams cascade into turquoise lakes. The lakes, at times calm with a surface of mirrors, at other times breaking waves, speak of her changing moods. This is Torres del Paine National Park. A place of extreme weather and beauty that draws people from … Read more

The Enchanted Caves

Trin swimming in the crystal clear water of a cave in Brazil

The darkness closed around us like a layer of black oil, not even a little glow from a random piece of electronic equipment appeared. Nothing could be seen in any direction. The silence was complete and the air absolutely still. I found the absence of sensory distraction peaceful. I took a deep breath and relaxed, … Read more

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