The South Island of New Zealand

We flew out of Rotorua – the smallest airport I’ve ever been to. It is so small that they actually don’t even have security, you can check yourself in and put your luggage on the bel...

Rotorua

We all agree, Rotorua is our favourite place on this trip so far. I don’t have the vocabulary to describe the incredible things we saw so I will try to be brief and let the photos do the talking. Ou...

Auckland and Tauranga

We had a pleasant 3 hour flight from Sydney to Auckland. When we arrived in New Zealand we were surprised at their very strict customs. There were large signs up about getting a $400 fine for bringing...

One day in Sydney

We left Jindabyne at 9am, we drove back through the lovely eucalyptus forests and grassy rocky fields, we passed about 20 dead kangaroos on the side of the road and arrived in Sydney at about 4pm. Our...

Australian Alps

We flew to Sydney and rented a car for the next leg of our trip in the Australian Alps. It was the first time both Christian and I tried driving on the other side of the road. All went well, but there...

Gold Coast Australia

Stop 2 of our small Australian tour was just an hour south of Brisbane or in our case much longer on a train and 2 buses. The transportation was delightful, the luggage was horrible. We tried very har...

Brisbane

There are many great things to do in Brisbane with kids, which made it a great first stop. Brisbane is half way down the eastern coast of Australia, putting it at about the same distance from the equa...

Huggletoe – Fun Simple Way to Get Lots of Hugs

Everybody has heard of a Mistletoe but not many people know about the Huggletoe. What is a Huggletoe you ask? I’ll start at the beginning. I have a wonderful veggie garden. One year, I had some ...

A Fun Time Alone at a Concert

I was thrilled when I heard that Radiohead was coming to Seattle – Vancouver would have been better but Seattle was the next best thing. I scheduled uninterrupted time for both of their ticket s...

Manifest Fun in the Emergency Room

I am sitting at the hospital for the third time this week. My arm is broken in several places, my knuckles have turned blue and I have been in a big line for emergency orthopaedic surgery for the past...

A hike to the Tiger Caves – Koh Lanta, Thailand

One of the things that drew me to staying on the island of Koh Lanta, Thailand was the hiking. There are 3 cave hikes on the island that are easy to get to. Unbeknownst to us, none of these hikes are ...