How to trap and release a Huntsman spider the size of a small dog

Often times we focus on the “bigger” moments in traveling, but sometimes the smaller dramas are just as interesting. And so you have it — an unusual “how to” guide based on first hand tropical spider experience. The situation: You are currently traveling in Australia. You awake in the morning and, just like any day,…

Home Is Where the Heart Is

Traveling indefinitely is not always easy. It has shitty moments — like you’re headed to the airport and your friend’s car breaks down leaving you stranded. And it has its finer moments — a perfect stranger stops to help and drives two hours out of their way to ensure you make your flight. And juggling…

Homecoming

It’s good to be back in the Bay! While the Northern Territory and the Red Centre were magical, it’s time to get back to it! “It” mainly consists of working, splashing around in the sea (surfing, as I call it) and the generally bizarre day-to-day antics that only occur here in Byron. Not to worry, daily…

Object lesson: Bugs Bunny mug #postaday

Sherlock had his pipe. Dorothy had her ruby red slippers. Me? Well, friends, particularly former and current housemates, would most likely associate me with this: Yep, it is a Bugs Bunny mug. When I arrived in Australia I decided I needed a vessel dedicated purely to tea drinking. It was a small luxury I could now…

Reflections on “goodbye”

When traveling, people often make a sudden splash, and the ripple effect continues long after parting ways …. People come into my life for three days, two weeks, four months, one year — I never really know for how long and I’ve learned to anticipate short stays — and we share an adventure or commiserate…

Watarrka National Park: Home of Kings Canyon

Waking up hours before the sun to begin a dizzyingly steep climb up what’s known as “heartbreak hill” — as attempting this feat after sunrise is already considered dangerous due to desert temps and exposure — tends to become one of those mornings where I wonder: what am I doing? Why did I sign up…

Sunrise at Uluru

“The only impossible journey is the one you never begin.” – Anthony Robbins

Sunset at Kata Tjuta

Kata Tjuta, also called by the English name, “The Olgas,” is a grouping of domed rock formations about 30 kilometers west of Uluru. The tallest of these domed rocks has 200 meters on Uluru, and the name Kata Tjuta means “many heads.” Daytime hikes reveal valleys and gorges.

#truthuncovered

Traveling truth: “You will never be completely at home again, because part of your heart always will be elsewhere. That is the price you pay for the richness of loving and knowing people in more than one place.” ― Miriam Adeney And I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Quick stop: the coolest guy I’ve ever met!

This little devil is simply misunderstood. He has a heart of gold and is actually one of the sweetest and most interesting characters I have met in my travels. By sheer luck, we spotted this desert dweller on the side of the road and it proved to be one of those brief but unforgettable encounters….

Uluru at last.

Another day in the desert, another sunset! But this one is different. Can you see what’s in the background? This time it’s real! I have arrived! A few fun facts: Uluru rises 348 meters above the desert floor, which sources say makes it taller than the Chrystler Building in New York City. And much like…

About that camel —

I am pleased to announce I have finally achieved one of my three important and most pressing life goals: riding a camel. (Follow link to see related post.) And no, it was not the listless looking camel against quintessential backdrop pictured above but rather this alert and crafty looking one: Even with its intimidating teeth, hooves, and spitting…