Kangaroo Island – Day 1

The final leg of our trip was to South Australia, to visit long-time friends Mark and Vicky, and to meet their new son, Arran. After flying in from Perth, we only spent a single night at their house, however, before going off on a little adventure - a side trip to Kangaroo Island, in search... Continue Reading →

Swan Valley and Lake Monger

Sunday morning, I woke up before Connor did, so I snuck down to the park by myself for a quick look-see. Didn't see any new birds, but did get some nice photos of ones I'd seen before. Then, when everyone else was up and about, the five of us headed to the Swan Valley for... Continue Reading →

Rottnest Island

On Friday, all of us went to King's Park for breakfast (and a quick look at some birds), and then H rode the train with us down to Fremantle, where Connor, Kevin and I caught a the ferry to Rottnest Island, a small island about half-an-hour's trip from the mainland. (H stayed behind, needing to... Continue Reading →

On Our Way to Perth

On Thursday, 14 April, we were still in Sydney. Connor and I had a final walk through Hyde Park, and then it was time for the coach to take us to the airport for our flight to Perth. When we first announced that we were thinking of taking a trip to Australia, my friend Helen,... Continue Reading →

Botanic Garden and Opera House

Next morning also began really "early," local time, anyway. We were all awake by about 4.30 a.m., but of course couldn't exactly get up and start sightseeing. So, we hung out in the hotel, took our time getting ready, and headed out into the city around 8.30, intending to start at the Australian Museum (the... Continue Reading →

Hyde Park and City Bus Tour

Getting through customs and to the hotel was also uneventful, but took a long time, and by the time we got into our room, the headache I'd been fighting for two days had come back. I was exhausted, and since it was only 9 in the morning by the time we'd gotten settled in our... Continue Reading →

Australia – April, 2005

For as long as I can remember, I've wanted to visit Australia. I think I really started in earnest after my grandparents went several years ago, and it sounded like the most wonderful, exotic place imaginable. So, when my father died and left me a fair chunk of money, I decided that one of the... Continue Reading →

Birding the Bass

While living in Scotland, this is one of the adventures I didn't want to miss - a chance to see the northern gannet rookery on the Bass Rock, off the coast of North Berwick. It was well worth the trip! We boated over on the Sula II, an historic boat in her own right, and... Continue Reading →

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