Before coming to Australia, I knew I wanted to see Uluru. I knew pretty much nothing about it, except that it was a massive rock in the center of the country, and that it was famous. I didn't know the cultural significance behind it, or the unfortunate history of land theft it carries. I did … Continue reading Journey to the Center of the Oz Part 4: I Like Big Rocks and I Cannot Lie
The Rock Tour Day 2: The morning of October 21st I woke up in a remote camp site in the Australian outback. It was great! I found a teeny tiny scorpion under my swag, but no dingo pups wandered in to steal our boots (as our tour guide warned us had happened before!) Day two … Continue reading Journey to the Center of the Oz Part 3: Kata Tjuta Damacy!
On day two we entered Uluru/Kata Tjuta National Park and saw the rocks for the first time! As we drove our tour guide Darren told us a bit about the history of the area. I didn't know any of this going in, and I'm guessing a fair few of you don't know either, so I … Continue reading Journey to the Center of the Oz Part 2: Don’t Climb Every Mountain
Wow. I don't even know where to begin to talk about these three days. Uluru was one of the top things I wanted to see coming to Australia, but it really is out in the middle of nowhere so it's not easy to get to. Alex and I tried to look at every option on … Continue reading Journey to the Center of the Oz Part 1: The Once and Future King’s Canyon
Tasmania holds a lot of wildlife, wild and other. While driving at night we saw dozens of wallabies and possums, and driving during the day we saw countless roadkill. Not only that though, in a free exhibit in a public park in Launceston, we saw a whole troop of Japanese Macaques! It's apparently been a … Continue reading Adventures in Tasmania Part 6: You’ve Gotta Be Echidna Me!
Ok, I admit, I really only wanted to go see Grindelwald because I just finished re-reading Harry Potter and visiting a town named after the defeated dark lord tickled me. In reality though, Gindelwald is a town founded by Dutch immigrant Roelf Vos and decorated like a little Swiss village. It's really more of a … Continue reading Adventures in Tasmania Part 5: Harry Potter and the Little Swiss Village
Tasmania is, I think, one of the most aesthetically beautiful places in Australia, if not the world. We only got to do a handful of hikes while we were there, and didn't even see any of the famous Tasmanian waterfalls, but what we did see was incredible. Hiking is one of my favorite things to … Continue reading Adventures in Tasmania Part 4: Hauy-ke Me Up When We Get There