Always pack your headtorch

If you’re going to chase waterfalls, and trudge down rivers in the dark… don’t leave your head torch in the car.

13 Reasons to Rant about Travel

Originally posted on doctormowgli:
An article popped up on my social media feed recently.  It listed 13 reasons why I shouldn’t worry about stupid things like money or security, and should ‘just travel’ instead. As I read through the list, I felt a familiar rage building up inside me.  Want to know why? Cracks neck,…

Plastic boats and plastic oceans

Last month I signed myself up for a Marine Debris Kayaking Challenge off Kooragang Island.  My new-found love of kayaking had run headlong into my guilt for always declining my friends’ repeated invites to Hunter Intrepid Landcare events. I had run out of excuses. It was time to give it a go. This was the…

A new obsession

A few weeks ago, I wrote that I wasn’t sure how I felt about the white water kayaking. Since then, I have bought a second-hand paddle and a second-hand boat.  I have had unexpected paddling lessons from friendly Olympians and I’ve been around the whitewater course in an inflatable boat more times than I can count.  I have had…

Upsidedown, underwater and a bit uncertain

Dear Kayaking I’m still not sure how I feel about you. I could learn to love you. But it will have to be that creepy-upy kind of love. You see, rock climbing took me in right away. It was love at first sight. Climbing provided me with a constant stream of reassurance.  Each time I…

We went chasing waterfalls

For a long time I only had one CD in my car.  It was one of the Triple J’s Like a Version albums. It got played on climbing trips, camping trips and trips to the supermarket. One of the songs was a cover of the TLC song, Waterfalls.  If you want to listen to it,…

50 shades of green

I spent most of my time in Germany marvelling at how insanely green everything was. I am used to the steely bluish-green of eucalyptus leaves.  I am used to the faded green of tired sun-bleached sugar cane.  I am used to dark green sea-weed on white sandy beaches. But the bright greens of the forests…