“Connecting The Dots” (Tasmania – November 24, 2017 to December 3, 2017)

…just when I was about to check the handheld GPS for reception and to see how close I was to the car park, I saw underneath the rain poncho that only the attached battery cover was in my hip pouch!

“Yanada” (South Australia and Victoria – November 8, 2017 to November 23, 2017)

Just when Julie was about to get into the car after using the restrooms here, she smelled something burning. At first, I thought it was something with the car. But she said it was more like a fire…

“Nemo Found” (Far North Queensland and the Great Barrier Reef, Australia – May 15, 2008 to May 21, 2008)

Now my head was really hurting at this point. I didn’t want to get out of the water because the scenery down here was as close to the Discovery Channel as I had ever seen…

“Disappointing déjà vu” (Brisbane, Whitsundays, and Central Queensland, Australia – May 10, 2008 to May 14, 2008)

Unfortunately, JC Slaughter Falls was bone dry! I knew it was a bad sign when we didn’t hear any water in the neighboring creeks. I guess it wasn’t meant to be despite there being…

“Bad Shortcut” (Central Coast and Northern New South Wales, Australia – May 4, 2008 to May 9, 2008)

Julie and I were nervous. Clearly darkness had fallen by now. The kangaroos and wallabies (who knows what else was out there?) seemingly conspired to jump right in front of our vehicle…

“The Home Stretch” (Western Tasmania, Australia – November 28, 2006 to November 30, 2006)

Upon closer inspection of the sign, someone marked “Mordor” next to Queenstown. This piqued our interest to see what exactly the perpetrating jokester was talking about…

“A Devil of a Time at Cradle Valley” (Cradle Mountain and Cradle Valley, TAS – November 26, 2006 to November 27, 2006)

I was anxious to see these endangered creatures as was Julie. Both of us knew they would look nothing like the WB’s whirling dervish Tasmanian Devil…

“Unforgettable Twilight Sight” (Northeast Tasmania, Australia – November 24, 2006 to November 25, 2006)

It beckoned us closer as if everyone was heading towards some spooky outdoor gathering. Of course we were curious to see what the source of the music was so we kept on walking further into the gorge..

“A Thanksgiving Leeching” (Southern Tasmania, Australia – November 22, 2006 to November 23, 2006)

Just as I unzipped the first leg, a black splotch landed on the pants and a pair of entry wounds on my shin were slowly bleeding. “Honey! Look at this!” I said with half amazement and half fear…

“Adel-aid” (South Australia – November 20, 2006 to November 21, 2006)

…I proceeded to put our day packs into the overhead locker when something didn’t feel right when it came time to take my last piece of equipment. “Where’s my camera?”

“Disappointment, Protests, and Family” (Melbourne, VIC, Australia – November 18, 2006 to November 19, 2006)

…we were eager to try some Singapore food for lunch at a restaurant we had noticed on Bourke Street earlier… the moment we left the hotel, there were hordes of people parading before us…

“Wild Weather in November” (Great Ocean Road, VIC, Australia – November 15, 2006 to November 17, 2006)

Julie wasn’t too crazy about the weather as she had hoped to see the long awaited Twelve Apostles without this cold, Antarctic storm being blasted our way…

“A Victoria Bitter Experience” (Grampians, VIC, Australia – November 13, 2006 to November 14, 2006)

The day had begun with a disappointing Trentham Falls as it barely had any flow over its impressive basalt cliff. Then, we had difficulty finding Sailors Falls because it had been bone dry and…

“Christmas in November” (Melbourne and Gippsland, VIC, Australia – November 10, 2006 to November 12, 2006)

…we were dismayed to find that the street we were supposed to take had closed… But when the next street came around, it too was closed. Then the next street and the next. What was going on?

“Waterfall Surprises and the Melbourne Cup” (ACT, Riverina NSW/VIC, Australia – November 7, 2006 to November 9, 2006)

As Julie and I strolled around the CBD of Canberra looking for a place to eat, we couldn’t quite figure out why so many people were dressed to impress. Complicating the scene was the menacing skies…

“Feeling Blue in the Blue Mountains” (Blue Mountains, NSW, Australia – November 3, 2006 to November 6, 2006)

Sometimes you get a little more than what you’ve bargained for. And it appeared to be the case here. While I welcomed the rain to enhance our waterfall viewing in the face of Australia’s drought…

“A Roo’d Encounter” (Perth, Margaret River, and Albany, WA, Australia – June 17, 2006 to June 22, 2006)

While my thoughts were on the task ahead as we had planned to see at least three waterfalls around the city’s suburbs, I increased the cruise control to 100km/h. Suddenly…

“Something in the Middle of Nothing” (North of Western Australia – June 10, 2006 to June 16, 2006)

Still, we didn’t know what it was nor did we know if it was life threatening. So once we got into the visitor center, Julie asked the Aboriginal woman behind the cashier if she had ever seen…

“The Bungle Bungle Bumble” (Kununurra, WA, Australia – June 8, 2006 to June 9, 2006)

As the helicopter landed, Julie and I gave each other a very confused and puzzled look. We weren’t sure what had happened, but the sinking feeling of being ripped off and not being able to see…

“No 4WD Access” (Top End, Australia – June 3, 2006 to June 7, 2006)

The receptionist then told us that they would substitute the Jim Jim Falls/Twin Falls excursion with a trip out to Gunlom Falls. Julie and I knew this was unacceptable since we had just driven there..