Werribee Gorge – Mother’s Day Hike

My tribe took me to Werribee Gorge for a 10k hike to celebrate Mother’s Day. It’s a very popular day hike in the Melbourne area that’s been on my list since we moved here in 2019. I’m not really sure why it’s taken us so long to get out there but I suspect 8 months…

Birthdays On The Road

What better way to celebrate another year on this planet than a holiday away? That’s what we thought anyway, so we packed up the car, the cake and the dog and we set out to Alpine National Park, to the village of Dinner Plain. This is our second time ordering a cake from Mille &…

Snow In Oz

What a treat we had this past weekend in Dinner Plain. Not only gorgeous mountains, sunshine and trail walking but also, snowfall. We’ve seen a dusting of snow twice since moving to Australia, once in the Snowy Mountains village of Thredbo and then once again in the Blue Mountains. Each time was exciting but what…

On The Road To Dinner Plain

We set out from Melbourne around lunchtime on our way to Dinner Plain which is located in Alpine National Park, a 4.5 hour drive. Dinner Plain is a small town established in 1986 that sits at 1570 meters above sea level. It has one ski run and a population of 80-100 people in summer. DP…

Dog Days Of Summer

We’ve been watching a lot of funny animal videos on YouTube lately. I’m not usually amused so easily but how can you not smile while watching something so cute, especially when they do something ridiculous? As our dog, Jack, tried to grab his tennis ball through the trampoline today it dawned on me this was…

Little Christmas / Epiphany

Growing up in Connecticut we would mark the end of the festive season by taking down the tree on the 6th of January or Little Christmas. There might be a small gift involved as well but it was really the end of the tree – the day all remnants of the holiday disappeared. As an…

Giving Thanks

I love Thanksgiving – it is my all time favourite holiday! I love the simplicity of gathering with friends and family and just spending time together. The meal takes centre stage, but it is giving thanks for the beautiful people we choose to journey through life with that this day is really about. As long…

Halloween 2020

We celebrated Halloween this year, the COVID way – at home and just us five. It’s ok though, we made it fun and there were many laughs and of course, lots of sweeties. We ordered costumes online this year as in Melbourne everything has been shut down for the past four months. Two seperate online…

My Travel CV: What a life of travel has taught me

I got my first passport when… I was 5 months old and living in Seattle. My first holiday memory is… snow tubing at Whistler in British Colombia. I remember riding the gondola up the mountain, the snow and some glimpses of the Fairmont Hotel. I may have been 2. Thanks to recounting this memory often…

(Celebrating?) The 4th of July

I literally cannot remember a time we ever felt a patriotic need to participate in an American Independence Day. I suppose most people have a BBQ in the name of partying versus really embracing the meaning of the day. When discussing this last night on the eve of the holiday one us distinctly remembered one…