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Those trees of Jekyll Island

In Jan 2020 we were very very lucky to be travelling USA.  In our road trip, we travelled thousands of miles from Texas and in a big loop eventually down to Key West.  One of our very many treasured stops was Jekyll Island in Georgia....

May 5, 2021

Life in the west of Melbourne coming out of covid lockdown

And so, with great trepidation, some of us began to venture out again.  Restrictions being lessened, the 5 km limit removed, it felt extraordinary to be able to leave the home....

December 8, 2020

Life around Werribee during covid shutdown episode 2

Lockdown has continued in Melbourne, and with a few small outbreaks still happening, our community movement restrictions remain.  No matter, I still have access to the Werribee River, which is within my permitted 5km zone for travelling, and every visit is indeed an emotional and visual delight....

October 8, 2020

Travel at home during covid lockdown

2020 and life therein was unexpected.  We returned from a much treasured road trip through the southern states of America, just as covid was appearing through the world.  Melbourne started covid restrictions suddenly in March, and with a brief reopening, a recurrence in cases led to the need for a second, and much prelonged shutdown.  Our restrictions included a 5km radius beyond which we could not travel, an allowance to leave the house for one hour a day to exercise, and to shop...

September 22, 2020

Big cat heroes of Florida

While in Orlando, I wanted to do something very special (other than visiting Harry Potter, which was also very special).  In my travel research I had come upon a number of big cat sanctuaries.  This concept was quite unknown to this Australian traveller, as in Australia we really dont have private ownership of exotic animals, and thus the associated issues of caring for these animals out of their appropriate habitats. A bit of searching on the net found Central Florida Animal Reserve.&...

February 15, 2020

French bakehouse charm in the Australian goldfields

It was not what we expected, to be sitting in a delightful courtyard eating gourmet pies and black forest cake in an area better known for bluestone and miners.  A french accent accompanied the personal and professional warm service of the lovely lady bustling around the tables.  Malmsbury Bakery...

October 14, 2019

Disappear into the forest in Melbourne

One of my favourite places in Melbourne, and its totally free, is the Royal Botanic Gardens.  I was the unfashionable school kid who would chose going here over bowling or ice skating or roller skating.  One can wander for hours, moving from micro climate to micro climate, manicured expanses of lawn, winding pathways strode upon by all manner of well behaved dog, glorious flower beds to the dark fern gullys that were always a personal favourite of my children.  ...

September 3, 2019

Who doesn't love a river in Melbourne

Sometimes you want to get out of town, but not go to the effort that can be required when you have kids.  And thats where Warrandyte comes in handy....

October 26, 2018

Buchan Caves - Victoria's wild wild east

The far east of Victoria seems forgotten.  Which is a good thing.  Very quickly as you head due east from Melbourne, the traffic thins.  And you find yourself on roads almost alone.  You and the passing trees.A 5 hour drive away from Melbourne, in this wilderness, lies Buchan.   Buchan is a small town that materialises out of the bush, like a mother standing at the door after a long absence, welcoming you home.  The town may be small in size, but big in achieve...

October 4, 2018

Volcanic Crater and Garden of Eden

Warrnambool, the seaside city about 3 hours drive west of Melbourne, is famous for its historic port origins, and increasingly its strong dairy industry.  Aside from this, it holds a very unexpected local discovery being Tower Hill.  Tower Hill, about 10 minutes drive out of Warrnambool, is a nature reserve located within an extinct volcano.  According to the attached website, it erupted some 30000 years ago. https://www.warrnambool.vic.go... It is an absolute wonderland...

September 24, 2018

Movie Star Dogs and Penguins on Shipwreck Coast

Look up the movie Oddball.  An Australian movie based on the true tale of the majestic Maremma guardian dog, it told the tale of how this dog brought back a penguin colony from the point of eradication by predatory foxes.To read more about:http://www.warrnamboolpenguins......

September 22, 2018

The Great Ocean Road - 5 days packed with seaside sights

Within easy access of Melbourne (but warranting at least one overnighter), lies the Great Ocean Road.  The road itself hugs the wild and rugged coastline of Victoria's west, and its construction began in 1918, a massive 20 year undertaking, with the road built by manual labour, picks and horses, and providing work, purpose, and comaraderie for the returned soldiers....

August 14, 2018

St Kilda, city vibe and the sea

These days, the suburb of St Kilda, is an eclectic suburb not far from the CBD, accessible by tram if you are not driving, and full of energy.  There are tonnes of restaurants and shopping boutiques to choose from, rambling old homes and boarding houses that are now in the process of being restored by canny renovators, and if you are near Luna Park, you will hear the shrieks of people enjoying the historic timber roller coaster. Luna Park, with its famous laughing mouth entrance, has been ...

July 22, 2018

Serendip Sanctuary at Little River

Conservation happens on every scale, both large and publicised, and small and behind the scenes.  Heading out west of Melbourne, past Werribee, but not yet at Geelong, is one example of the latter, the Little River Sanctuary....

July 16, 2018

Kilgore and Texas

Travelling from Louisiana to Texas presented us with a dramatic visual change, although you do have to head off the highways to get the most of it, so do your planning!  Taking the I49 and then I20, we drove 2 short hours before taking the turnoff for Kilgore....

July 9, 2018

Driving Pensacola to Natchitoches, Louisiana

Our goal for the day was 430 miles, fortunately we had good driving conditions and engrossing landscapes to accompany us.   We set off on the I10, soon exiting Florida and retracing our footsteps, so to speak, re-entering Alabama....

July 8, 2018

Pensacola Lighthouse and Fort Barrancas

Our drive back to DFW took us back through Pensacola for a welcome revisit to sites of Civil War significance....

July 6, 2018

Hilltop Country Store Tallahassee

The drive back from St Augustine to Pensacola is a 5+ hour one, and Tallahassee being about midway, looked like being the perfect place to schedule a stop.  With a bit of online research, we discovered a well recommended dining option....

July 5, 2018

Driving Titusville to St Augustine

Having spent the full day at Kennedy Space Centre, our next destination was St Augustine, a Spanish city said to be the oldest city in the United States.  It lies on the North East Coast of Florida, and only a 2 hours drive away. With our late departure, we decided to aim for just past Daytona Beach, grabbing a bite to eat at Dennys (yes again!), and wandering through an ALDI (to compare the goods against the Aussie versions), before settling down in a Quality Inn at Ormond Beach....

July 2, 2018

Kennedy Space Centre

The EPI Centre of space exploration and an actual working space shuttle launch facility.  Kennedy Space Centre.   ...

June 28, 2018

Orlando and Universal

No childs life is complete without the pilgramage to the land of Wizards and Harry Potter, and the world of action heroes and movies....

June 24, 2018

Pensacola to Orlando - Ultimate Gulf Coast Drive

Surreal sugar white sands and azure waters without the crowds.  To capitalize on Pensacola's renowned Gulf Coast setting, we decided to follow the most scenic route to Orlando and Theme Park mecca.  Surreal white sands and a feeling of calmness and peace, this was what greeted us on the road through Gulf Islands National Park....

June 20, 2018

USS Alabama

Adding to the high octane dose of Military history we had experienced at Pensacola, we reached out for more!  At just under an hours drive, we scheduled a daytrip to Mobile, Alabama, for the USS Alabama Memorial Park.  With a setting on Mobile Bay, the 45000 tonne Battleship was indeed a magnificent sight....

June 18, 2018

3 Days in Pensacola Florida, National Naval Aviation Museum

Seeing the Blue Angels in action has to be on every aviation enthusiast bucket list.  And the Blue Angels practices are the path to transform this dream into a reality.  Their maneuveres can be observed from the flight line at the Museum, or at other areas around Pensacola (sitting on a deck chair on the sands of the gulf beaches feeling the breeze off the ocean being an ideal location!). Practices are generally on a Tuesday and Wednesday morning, and their practice schedule is listed ...

June 17, 2018

Texas to Mississippi to Florida

Driving into Vicksburg from our overnighter in Texas, we could see the bridges spanning the Mississippi River from quite some distance, but actually didnt know what they were until we drew closer.  The magnitude and majesty took us totally by surprise, and it was an awe inspiring travel moment we will never forget....

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