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Walking the Abel Tasman, NZ

In the year that we live in Australia the rich cuisine and its exotic, allergy-inducing pollens were not kind to our bodies. Or perhaps it was the 60+ hour work weeks we imposed on ourselves for 11 months. Either way when we showed up to New Zealand with plum bodies in far from optimal condition….

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Destination New Zealand

It’s been almost 3 years since I’ve seen “the mountains”. The mountains in SE Asia were covered in jungle, with spiders the size of my face. We climbed a mountain in Tasmania which, though somewhat satisfying, it didn’t really scratch the itch. Growing up in the Pacific Northwest gave me a thirst for the hills,…

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Finishing Up, Tasmania

With just a few days left in our Tasmania our focus finally shifted from the natural to the human. A night tour of Port Arthur, Tasmania most notorious labor prison, gave us a taste of history and spirituality. We were led along by the light of candle lanterns as our guide told us a stories…

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Cape Huay, Tasmania

Wineglass Bay had spoiled us.  We found ourselves thinking we’d had hit the apex and that it wouldn’t get any better. We were wrong. Cape Huay is a vast coastline of sea cliffs that tower up to 1000ft above the sea. This is the home of the Totem Pole, a needle-thin spire that is completely surrounded by…

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Wineglass Bay, Tasmania

There’s a hole in the ozone layer above the deep Southern Hemisphere. Dan and Ally paid heed and fastidiously applied sunscreen throughout our Tasmanian holiday. Val and I were not so disciplined, and unfortunately this bit us square on the ass at Wineglass Bay. We’ve been to some pretty spectacular beached in our travels, enough…

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Bay of Fires, Tasmania

The Bay of Fires is a Tasmanian rite of passage. The beach, or rather beaches, stretch along the Northeastern coast and derive their name from orange lichens that cover granite boulders. Upon arrival we were surprised to find that many of our neighboring campers had stayed put for nearly a month, but after a few…

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Cradle Mountain, Tasmania

Cradle Mountain When we arrived in Launceston, Tasmania’s second largest “city”, we thought we head straight to a trailhead and climb a mountain. A few hours of Tassie’s notoriously winding roads later we realized that was a bit too ambitious. The mood was somber as we pulled into a campsite for the night, none of…

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Destination Tasmania

Our plan to go to Tasmania was hashed spontaneously over a Thai food dinner and two rounds of drinks.  We were with our friend Dan Benyon when his girlfriend Ally Kalls came to meet us, or rather collect him. She was exhausted after a long shift but her eyes still lit up when she realized…

2011: The Lost Year

Late 2010 brought the unfortunate, perhaps inevitable, death of our blog Our adventure across Southeast Asia was already changing when we arrived in Komodo, Indonesia to become divemasters. Learning to guide in the underwater paradise of Komodo National Park meant staying in one place for a while. As we completed our course and employed…

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