Tortoise on the Move

April 30, 2015

TBT: Yosemite National Park Gallery

El Capitan and Half Dome

Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean. – John Muir

In March 2014, I joined a few other women from my college sorority on a spring break trip to Yosemite National Park. A far cry from the crowded beaches of Mexico, Yosemite was just the outdoor playground we were looking for. We hiked to the peak of Yosemite Falls and took a day trip to Hetch Hetchy. While we didn’t climb Half Dome (we’re saving that for a five-year reunion) or scale El Capitan, it was a great week in one of the United States’ most beautiful National Parks. Enjoy!


April 21, 2015

Gallery: All Around Noosa

Noosa National Park

“Voyage, travel, and change of place impart vigor.” – Seneca

Photos from Noosa National Park, Sunshine Beach, Eumundi Markets, and Noosa Farmers Market


April 20, 2015

A Weekend in Noosa

Sunshine Beach
Noosa National Park Coastal Walk

Noosa National Park Coastal Walk

Over the weekend, I took a short but sweet holiday to Noosa, just forty minutes north of my home in Bli Bli. I’ve been to Noosa a few times before but only for the day, so this time I booked a hostel to stay a while longer. For anyone living or traveling along the Sunshine Coast, Noosa is a definitely worth exploring. Here’s what I got up to this weekend…


April 17, 2015

The Next Chapter: Post Gap-Year Plans

Granite Bay

Granite Bay, Noosa National Park

Today, I was sitting on Sunshine Beach reading Mindy Kaling’s Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?. I laughed at the all-too-real irony of reading a book whose title perfectly captures the essence of FOMO (that’s “fear of missing out” for my parents, grandparents, extended family, and everyone over the age of thirty), since the realization that your friends are, in fact, hanging out without you is all but guaranteed when you move halfway around the world for a year. Aside from the assault on my bank account, the real price of travel has been missing my friends.


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April 7, 2015

The Top End: Kakadu & Litchfield National Parks

Kakadu National Park

Ubirr rock art

Days 1-3 Red Centre

Days 4-7 Alice Springs to Darwin

Day 8 of my Northern Territory adventure began in Darwin with seven of the eight tour mates from the second leg of the tour. We met our new guide Chizo outside the hostel and hopped into the 4WD bus headed for Kakadu National Park. At the first lookout, Chizo filled us in on the seasons in the Top End. While we lucked out on the weather, March is usually the tail end of the wet season, meaning many of the popular 4WD tracks were still closed and there were still some saltwater crocodiles hanging out in many of the swimming holes. Apparently, the best time to visit the Top End runs from June to October, while the weather is cooler and tropical monsoons are less frequent.


April 1, 2015

Gallery: Alice Springs to the Top End, Northern Territory


“Let us step into the night and pursue that flighty temptress, adventure.” – JK Rowling

This is the second photo set from my Northern Territory tour, including images from Alice Springs, stops along the Stuart Highway, and the Top End. For more from the Northern Territory, check out the first photo set and posts from the Red Centre, Alice Springs & the Stuart Highway, and the Top End (coming soon).