Tortoise on the Move

December 7, 2015

Gallery: Thailand


Photos from around Thailand, June 20 – July 13, 2015. For more on my trip, check out these posts about the islands (Andaman coast and Gulf coast), Chiang Mai, Elephant Nature Park, and our Thai cooking class


May 30, 2015

21 Thoughts on 21 Days (Left) in Australia


  In three weeks, I’ll be leaving Australia. I can hardly believe it. I feel like it was just last week that I wrote 21 Thoughts on 21 Days in Australia, three weeks after I arrived. It’s been a rollercoaster year – and it’s definitely been a ride I’d get in line for again. My last 21 days will be anything but boring. I’m heading down to Canberra to say my goodbyes there, stopping in Sydney for a quick overnight to see the Vivid Festival, and then heading to Cairns to become certified as a PADI Open Water Diver… and that’s all before Friday. On Friday, I’ll be joined in Cairns by Katie, a club swimming friend I’ve known for almost ten years. We’ll road trip down the East Coast of Oz before jetting off to Thailand and Cambodia for three weeks. After months of planning, our big adventure is just around the corner. But before all that, I wanted to give you 21 more reflections in light of my last 21 days in Australia (for now).


May 25, 2015

Gallery: Western Australia

Ningaloo Reef
“You know more of a road by having traveled it than by all the conjectures and descriptions in the world.” – William Hazlitt
These photos were taken during a weekend in Fremantle and Perth and a subsequent tour to Exmouth with Red Earth Safaris, May 6-17, 2015. Read all about my Western Australia adventure here and my favorite spots here.


May 23, 2015

Highlights of Western Australia


Let me kick this post off by saying Western Australia is a BIG place. Taking up about a third of Australia’s continental landmass, WA is one heck of a state for anyone to cover. That said, I only had two weeks to explore and could not cover so much land in so little time. I’ll definitely have to come back in the future to tackle the northwest and southwest regions of the state. I refrained from calling this post a “Top 5” because there is just so much to WA that I didn’t see – but I certainly made the most of my time and saw A LOT while I was there (which you can read about in my RealTime Roundup). The following five places stood out as particularly memorable on this trip (in order from the beginning of the trip to the end). Check ‘em out!


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 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).


March 26, 2015

Gallery: Red Centre, Northern Territory

Kata Tjuta sunrise

It’s better to have seen something once than to hear about it a hundred times.

This is a collection of photos from the first three days of Wayoutback Safaris tour of Australia’s Northern Territory, specifically the Red Centre. Check out the blog post here.