On beach birds, and stories, and analog life… and also a poem

October 3, 2014 in North America, United States

I wish I knew what those birds are… the ones signing in the palm tree beneath the balcony that sound like a trio of little kids who are experimenting with […]

Wildlife & Wanderings: Photos from a road trip

September 23, 2013 in Australia, Oceania, Travelogue

Road trips are in our blood. We spend a lot of our time traveling without a vehicle, relying on public transportation or our own two feet, but Australia is one […]

Warrnambool, Australia: Southern Right Whales!

September 1, 2013 in Australia, Oceania

Logan’s Beach, along the coast at Warrnambool, at the end of the Great Ocean Road, is known as the “whale nursery.” Every year, between July and September, female Southern Right […]

Great Ocean Road: A photo essay

August 31, 2013 in Australia, Oceania, Travelogue

I have a bone to pick with my husband. It might, on the surface, seem like he should get the five-star-man-of-the-year-award for casually arranging a two day drive down the […]

Welcome to Sydney

August 12, 2013 in New Zealand, Oceania, Travelogue

Every time I look out the window I have to pinch myself The Sydney Opera House fills my window frame. Sydney has long been near the top of our bucket […]

Paraparaumu to Pukerua Bay: My feet hurt

July 21, 2013 in New Zealand, Oceania, Travelogue

I learned something important this week: My hiking boots will not do for the long haul.  Friday morning I set out under optimistic blue skies on a 22 km hike […]

Sunday: Of life, lamb & the loveliness of being “home.”

June 23, 2013 in New Zealand, Oceania, Travelogue

I love to travel so much that sometimes I forget how much I love to be “home.” I love to wake slowly in a bed that doesn’t come with a […]

Hot Water Beach, NZ: in which we shower with a howling viking

June 11, 2013 in New Zealand, Oceania, Travelogue

After several days of sharing a cold and being stuck in our little camper in torrential downpours, it was good for the soul to emerge under a blue sky and […]

In which we see the elusive Yellow-Eyed Penguins

May 2, 2013 in New Zealand, Oceania, Travelogue

Hairdressers always know the best things. I have a love-hate relationship with getting a haircut on the road. I’ve found some of the best hairdressers… but I’ve also found some […]

Gemstone Beach: One of Life’s Treasures

April 18, 2013 in New Zealand, Oceania, Travelogue

If there is a god, and he has a country, it is surely the south west corner of New Zealand; in the fjordlands, between Riverton and Te Anau. Gently rolling hills, […]