Apparently, I was optimistic to fit so much in, but I could probably have done more, if it weren’t for the weather. In the end, I only managed to clock up about 1,600 kms on the odometer over five days.
Stuff I missed and will go back to: Cradle Mountain, the Great Lakes, the Bridestowe Lavender farm, and catching and shooting some Aurora Australis activity. Definitely grounds for a return trip sometime soon…
After leaving foggy, 14°C San Francisco, we landed in 40°C Las Vegas. A sprawling array of hotels, hostels, and suburbs, Vegas was an interesting experience. Our first pit stop after getting our little rented car was to fill our bellies at the local Wendy’s. After a mammoth meal, we drove down The Strip looking for the hostel we’d booked.
We should’ve just forked out the cash to stay at one of the big hotels. Our hostel was a lot more than a stone’s throw South from the nearest, kind of dilapidated ‘novel’ themed hotel. It shared a carpark with a strip club, and had a naked mannequin riding a mechanical bull out in front. In the evenings, suspiciously young ladies dressed in not very much stood out the front, inviting anyone walking by into their establishment.
Luckily we only had to stay two nights. We spent the first wandering The Strip, saw a Blue Man Group show, had some decent Italian food… then had an early night for the big day ahead.
We left early in the morning to drive to The Grand Canyon, with a stopover at the Hoover Dam. It’s an insane piece of structural engineering! The drive took about five hours each way, crossing the Nevada/Arizona state line, which meant we only got a couple of hours at The Canyon, but it was amazing nonetheless. The skies were clear when we arrived, and a storm was sweeping through/into the canyon, as you can see in some of the photos. It was spectacular!
Of course this totally warrants an entire blog post. Love you, Liv!
Five years ago, I got to traverse some of the USA with a buddy of mine. We spent the most time in San Francisco, which totally won me over. There wasn’t a lot of time, but we got to see most of the sights: Alcatraz Island, Pier 39, Lombard Street, Coit Tower. We rode around the Bay and across Golden Gate Bridge and went up to Battery Spencer. The juice in our electric bikes were gone after that day, but it was totally worth it, even with the shame of having rented an electric bike… We also went a day trip out to Yosemite National Park. A day was way too short, but it was glorious all the same, and I vow to visit again. Here’s the first installment of the ‘Reminiscing USA’ series. Enjoy!
Vivid, Sydney is growing, year by year. This time it has spread into the Royal Botanical Gardens, celebrating its 200th year. I wasn’t able to capture many installations this year, due to the crowds and the fact that so many were interactive, and I frankly couldn’t be bothered… Still, we enjoyed the walk and the lights, as always :)
Sri Lanka is a beautiful country, full of very chilled, mild mannered people and beautiful scenery. Also, the turtles. I won’t say much more, and will let the photos do the talking for me. The first and last shots were taken from the flight over and back, respectively, and are located somewhere over the Northern Territory. Enjoy!
Words can’t express how I felt about even the possibility of getting to see sea turtles in our Sri Lanka trip. When the day came to visit the Induruwa Sea Turtle Conservation Project, I, like, pretty much lost my mind with glee. Even thinking about it now makes my heart happy! I admit I’m a bit of a turtle fanatic, but I’m pretty sure my feelings were pretty much shared… I think…
The best part was getting to take part in not one, but two releases. Seeing 30+ not even one-day-old turtle hatchlings flap their way across the beach and into the surf and into the ocean was a totally blessed opportunity. My heart is full.
We vacay in the Northland every other Summer, and we love it. It’s peaceful, serene, there are kiwi ‘birds’ scuttling on the grounds at night, and sheep deciding to cross the dirt road just in front where one’s trying to drive…
This time, we tripped up to Cape Reinga, the beautiful, most Northern tip of New Zealand, and stopped off at the Te Paki sand dunes just for funzies. Worth it.
I love getting out to see Sculpture by the Sea every November.
This year, my siblings and I were each armed with a camera (slightly embarrassingly), and arrived in time for a foggy sunrise. Though it was a weekday, at sunrise, the paths quickly filled up with sightseers and exercisers. Here’s a little snapshot of the ones that caught my eye…
A short walkway connecting Darling Harbour to Central Station opened up in Ultimo recently. Constructed around an abandoned old rail line, the area has been transformed from a quiet, unused bit of land to a well-landscaped breath of fresh air. I got there for blue hour… the crispy concrete pathways lined with native Australian flora and sections of old rail did not disappoint.
Donned ‘The Goods Line’, it’s only a little path, but makes a lovely place for studying, gathering and for lunches. Five stars, Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority.