Enjoying London and its surrounds

I've been enjoying life in London and its surrounds, with mini excursions during the week and explorations further afield on the weekends. For most of trips, I've been content to leave my bulky DSLR behind, trusting instead in my much less conspicuous phone camera to capture the memories. The delightful thing about the UK, however, …

Hiking and camping the Coastal Track in Royal National Park

For our 6th wedding anniversary, and to check off Jeff's bucket list, we went camping with some friends along the Coastal Track down at Royal National Park. This is a super popular hiking trail - with camping reservations booked out at least 3 months in advance. This was our third - or was it fourth?! …

Diving with Hammerheads in Yonaguni

It's an exercise of patience, diving for pelagics. We plunged into the blue waters, the shock of the jump quickly replaced with a sense of calm, belying the rolling seas and biting wind above. At first, our eyes see nothing but blue. Suspended in this blue environment, the bubbles from our regulators are the only …

A Weekend Kayaking and Camping in Kangaroo Valley

To paddle in Kangaroo Valley has long been on our bucket list. The stars aligned this past weekend. Eight of us trekked down from Sydney, car boots filled with camping gear and food, hearts full of anticipation. The forecast had been iffy, but Bridget, the consummate outdoors girl, squashed any potential hestitation. It's just a …