Day 230: Loving the Long Tails!

Thailand…land of the Long Tail Boat.  I’m not sure what it is about Long Tail Boats, but I think they are beautiful! Here is one at sunrise.  We took this photo on the Phi Phi Islands (pronounced Pee-Pee) around 6 am.  A very early ferry transfer is the only reason we were able to capture this photo! We really enjoyed sailing around the Phi Phi Islands on a Long Tail Boat.  On this particular day, we visited Mosquito Island and  Bamboo Island, but the most fun the kids had was just hanging out on… Read More

Day 229: Hiding Away in the Blue Mountains, Australia

We spent the last few days in Australia tucked away in a cabin in the Blue Mountains for a little rest and relaxation after the holidays and a ton of sightseeing. It was truly refreshing and very needed after much traveling, moving, packing, and exploring!  We are thankful to our hosts (the Roberts Family) who dear friends from CA (thank you too, Elliotts) connected us with.  Their beautiful, secluded, mountain retreat, set atop a cliff with stunning views of the Jameson Valley below, provided the perfect setting for a little uninterrupted family time…. Read More

Day 228: Kangaroos, Koalas, Wallabies, and Tasmanian Devils

Kangaroos, Koalas, and Wallabies. When you think about Australia, these are the animals that come to mind, right?  Oh…and let’s not forget the Tasmanian Devil!  Our family loves animals and we couldn’t wait to see these creatures up close and personal.  A friend had warned us to be careful, though, as kangaroos were everywhere, and many people renting cars often hit them on the highways!  After hearing that, we were sure we’d see them everywhere. Unfortunately, that is not how things played out.  In fact, we only saw Kangaroos (and wallabies) once… Read More

Day 226: Sydney Photoblog

Sydney is one of my favorite cities in the World.  It is just beautiful.  The architecture, great shops and restaurants, and beautiful beaches are just wonderful, and the list goes on.  We spent about three weeks in Sydney and the surrounding areas and it could easily have been another three, there is so much to see and do. That said, my post for Sydney is long overdue.  It would take months to recreate our experiences here, both about the city itself, but then also about the special people we met, like the Gramlys and… Read More

Halo from Indonesia

Halo, the Bahasa word for “Hello.” We stayed in Bali for six days and Jakarta for three. Indonesia’s culture is probably the most different from America’s that we’ve experienced so far, Mexico being the second. In Bali/Jakarta, you can eat very cheaply, and still be getting great quality food. For just $2.00 USD, you can get a bowl of soup, a large plate of meat (duck, pork, chicken), AND a large plate of rice. Go ahead and grab a big glass of orange juice as well for just fifty cents. You can get… Read More

Day 224: Phi Phi and Our Pint-Sized Skipper

Finally, after years of waiting, we sailed to the Phi Phi Islands, just off the coast of Phuket.  We had a hairy drive over to their pier this afternoon, as the transfer should only have taken 30 minutes, but traffic was unusually bad, and the drive was over an hour.  Our ferry was scheduled to leave at 1:30pm and we were still driving at 1:40! And our driver did not speak one word of English, so we had no idea if the ferry would wait for us. Thankfully, the concierge at our… Read More

Day 222: The Incredible Great Barrier Reef!

Okay, so this blog post is way overdue.  I almost didn’t want to post it because I felt like my photos did not do the Great Barrier Reef justice.  The beauty we experienced was indescribable and the memory will forever be with us. So…just a few tips and thoughts: First, you can snorkel the Great Barrier Reef from different areas, but we chose Port  Douglas.  We flew into Cairns first, picked up our minvan rental, and made our way north for about one hour.  We chose to stay at the Sheraton Mirage,… Read More

Overall On New Zealand

New Zealand is a wonderful, simply beautiful place to be.  It offers scenic drives, easy-difficult hikes, gorgeous mountains, hot and cold weather, lush hills, colorful flowers everywhere, cute, small towns, excellent fish’n chips, great Indian/Thai food, and more!  There are sooo many things to do and see that it is practically impossible to see all of it in one trip…even if it is three weeks!   During our time in New Zealand, we lived in a campervan.  We were able to see many things and we visited both islands.  There was a… Read More

Kathryn – Amazing Australia

Australia…….there really is no way to define it’s beauty. You could say it’s amazing, gorgeous, breathtaking, but you have to be there to understand what Australia is.  The most fun part of Australia was seeing, touching, and petting kangaroos and koalas. We also saw penguins and a huge bird I thought was really cool.  The first thing we did was leave the airport and get a taxi over to Melbourne, which was about half an hour to an hour away.  We had a lot of fun exploring the city. When we were ready to leave… Read More

G’day Mate by Ryan Thomas on Australia

Australia, the place where everyone’s your mate, and you are everyone’s mate. And everybody says g’day, mate. At least, that’s what I heard. Does everyone really say G’day mate in Australia? No. Does everyone really call you mate in Australia? Pretty much. When I think Australia, I think Kangaroos, and if you go to FeatherdaleWildlife Park and the last thing you do in Australia is feed super cute kangaroos and wallabies, I think you would too. But I also think of spiders, because we saw more than a couple life-threatening spiders in the houses that we stayed… Read More