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Tasmania 7 2019 North East Corner

Mon, 30 Dec 2019 | By johnsteel | Views [57] | Comments [1]

Tasmania 7 – December 2019 - The North East Our first visit to Tasmania was in 2007, this is now our 7 th visit – had it changed? Overall not really. More visitors from China, Japan and SE Asia. Just as much road kill ... Read more >

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Sat, 18 Jan 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [243]

FOLKS SAY, “IT’S NOT THE HEAT, IT’S THE HUMIDITY.”  Cooktown has both heat and humidity— in abundance! — and a bit of rain to keep things interesting.  But not much else, at least not the birds we were seeking.... Read more >

Safely in Cairns

Mon, 6 Jan 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [183]

THE BRISBANE AIRPORT SEEMED FILLED WITH Queensland Fire and Rescue troops on their way to Victoria where the bushfires are out of control, just like Victoria's firefighters recently helped with Queensland's blazes.  The seasonal “Wet”... Read more >

Anikka Reconciliation

Sat, 11 May 2019 | By kiwiaoraki | Views [180]

Anikka! I've written about her many times and I can never write enough about her. After more than a year of no contact, we're friends again. What a lovely visit I had the other day with her, her sister Chrystal, and mother Mel at the "Lagana Canteen" ... Read more >

The Australian Bushman

Wed, 15 May 2019 | By kiwiaoraki | Views [178]

Before yesterday, I had my worst stretch of hitchhiking ever! Four days it took me to get from Port Augusta to Broken Hill: a distance of only about 400 km. For the first time in Australia I was thinking I may have to bite the bullet and get a train ... Read more >

Champion of the Grampians

Thu, 9 May 2019 | By kiwiaoraki | Views [169]

A gloomy day it was today though not so gloomy on the sightseeing front. Upon reading a fantastic article about how you shouldn't write off the rain when you're travelling, I must make it a point to see the positives during those days of precipitation.... Read more >

The Fate of A349

Wed, 1 May 2019 | By kiwiaoraki | Views [106]

Flight A349 has crashed and there's a lofty task ahead. It's my job to figure out where it crashed and recover the cockpit voice recorder (CVR). The doomed plane would have gone down anywhere in Victoria so it's a very large search area. The black box ... Read more >

Day #11 - What goes up must come down

Wed, 9 Oct 2019 | By simonehawkins | Views [105]

Pangboche (3990m) > Kyangjuma (3500m) And into the forrest I go to loose my mind and find my soul. We're back into the tree line, it's damp and when we past through here just a few days ago it was warmer. The temperature is definately dropping.... Read more >

Day #9 - Honouring High Places

Mon, 7 Oct 2019 | By simonehawkins | Views [95]

Gorakshep (5140m) > EBC (5364m) > Thukla (4630m) Suprise! Todays alarm goes off at 5:15am JOY I'm nervous, Courts is nervous - we are minus Ann now for the next few days as she's attemptimg Chola Pass. It's the only Pass openm put of the 3 passes ... Read more >

Day #7 - Today sucked balls

Sat, 5 Oct 2019 | By simonehawkins | Views [83]

Dingboche (4410m) > Loboche (4910m) The dulcet tones of the Himalaya - TOP 3:      Cows / Yak Bells      Helicopters (50/50 Rescue / Extremelly cashed up tourists)      The sound of people hucking ... Read more >

Day #10 - I am in my Church

Tue, 8 Oct 2019 | By simonehawkins | Views [81]

Thukla (4630m) > Pangboche (3990m) Today was a recouping day. Retrospective and full of quiet moments. Courts and I spent most of the day walking down down down. The realisation that our biggest days are over, is uplifting and giving us both a ... Read more >

Day #8 - D-Day (oh hang-on! maybe D-Day Eve)

Sun, 6 Oct 2019 | By simonehawkins | Views [80]

Laboche (4910m) > Gorakshep (5140m) Todays starts out like every day. Cold, Exciting, Daunting and full of hope. The plan today is to hike to Gorakshep and have 'lunth' and then climb to Everest Base Camp. Again though, it's a slow climb. Sooooooo ... Read more >

Day #6 - Rancho Relaxo

Fri, 4 Oct 2019 | By simonehawkins | Views [80]

Dingboche (4410m) Rest Day YAY another rest day. We all need it. But not before the obligatory walk above where we slept at. Early morning get up to guess what? Walk up a mountain! To assist with acclimitisation. Courts and I quickly decide that ... Read more >

Lamington National Park

Sat, 7 Dec 2019 | By graynomadsusa | Views [80]

WYNDOVER MOUNTAIN RETREAT IS A NEW LISTING on booking.com.  We are their first guests — but certainly won’t be the last!  Located in Beechmont Queensland, Wyndover is thirteen kilometers from Lamington National Park as the currawong ... Read more >

Room and Board — and Bird

Thu, 19 Dec 2019 | By graynomadsusa | Views [66]

ON OUR FIRST TRIP TO AUSTRALIA BACK IN ’04 we drove around New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia for 3 months in an old Ford Falcon and camped in a tent.  And we loved it.  In 2012 we graduated to a series of Toyota campervans ... Read more >

Day #5 - Lady E shows her top

Thu, 3 Oct 2019 | By simonehawkins | Views [64]

Tengboche (3860m) > (Dingboche 4410m) Today for some reason we've all woken up ful of beans. Considering yesterday was such a trudge we're all suprised we're all so upbeat. What was in our dinner last night? We saw Everest walking out of Tengboche ... Read more >

Day #3 - Rest Day Namche

Tue, 1 Oct 2019 | By simonehawkins | Views [63]

Namche (3440m) - Acclimitisation Day Just a short 40 minute walk up to Everest Look-up and visist the museum. Start out at 7:30am - a few hikers out, it reasonalbly clear, but as we walk we see the clouds start to fold in. Arriving at the top the ... Read more >

Day #2 - Semi-charmed kinda Hike

Mon, 30 Sep 2019 | By simonehawkins | Views [60]

Phakding (2610m) > Namche (3440m)   Todays supposed to be nasty. Todays supposed to be long. With alot of ups. Oh-ooooo what the absolute hell was I thinking. On the itinery this day was described as 'Short Trekking' day. Liar Liar pants ... Read more >

Day #4 - Computer Says No

Wed, 2 Oct 2019 | By simonehawkins | Views [58]

Namche (3440m) > Tengboche (3860m) Today starts with up... up.... up.... I've stopped asking Kumar how far and how long we are walking, as he's started saying things like 'for 'normal people' 4 hours' 'for you - 6 hours'. Yes. I'm the culprit. ... Read more >

Two Sides of Newcastle

Fri, 15 Nov 2019 | By graynomadsusa | Views [53]

“COALS TO NEWCASTLE” IS AS RELEVANT IN AUSTRALIA as it was in Merry Olde England.  Newcastle is the second largest city in New South Wales and the largest coal exporting port in the world thanks, I’m sure, to China.  While ... Read more >

Cruising Again

Sat, 16 Nov 2019 | By graynomadsusa | Views [53]

WE'RE OFF AGAIN—OUR FIFTH CRUISE OF THE YEAR.  We are on Holland America's Maasdam again—third time's a charm they say—this time up the coast of Oz to Papua New Guinea and back.       That's the Ticket —... Read more >

In The Nick of Time

Fri, 31 Jan 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [50]

AUSSIE KIDS ARE BACK IN SCHOOL FROM THEIR Xmas/Summer vacation.  The sugarcane, ankle-high when we arrived, is now taller than I.  And the occasional rain showers have become a daily deluge.  We have been in Australia for ten weeks and ... Read more >

Cassowary Country

Fri, 10 Jan 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [46]

WHILE VICTORIA AND NSW ARE IN FLAMES, it’s the beginning of “The Wet” here in northern Queensland.  Granted, the lakes and billabongs are still low and the waterfalls are mere trickles compared to what they will be later in the ... Read more >

Red-Necked Avocets of Lake Dyer

Sat, 21 Dec 2019 | By graynomadsusa | Views [44]

AVOCETS ARE SOME OF MY FAVORITE BIRDS.  I have taken so many photos of American avocets that Connie has placed a moratorium on any more.   But Red-necked Avocets are a different story and today I took dozens of shots of hundreds of avocets, ... Read more >

There Will Be A Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight

Tue, 31 Dec 2019 | By graynomadsusa | Views [44]

WE ARE ENDING THE YEAR IN THE BRISBANE at the Balmoral Queenslander B&B.  For a straight guy, Brian has done a wonderful job of decorating this traditional “Queenslander.”  We are 20 minutes from the airport and within walking ... Read more >


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