“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…

“Mothers Day in September” (Grand Staircase National Monument, Utah – September 15, 2006 to September 17, 2006)

With simultaneously growing anticipation and doubt, mom and I took the apparent advice from the pair of hikers we talked to and scrambled down the slickrock and into the bushy depths of Calf Creek…

“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..

“Roughing It In The Desert” (Death Valley – March 24, 2006 to March 26, 2006)

It was too late in terms of the impact the camera made with the ground, but I also had to wipe away all that sand and salt that was suddenly all over the newly-bought expensive device…

“Chasing the Firefall” (Yosemite – February 24, 2006 to February 26, 2006)

Driven by the thought of trying to get that sought-after firefall, my wife and I went on another spontaneous Yosemite trip. I was concerned about my old 1990 Legend making it…

“A Day at the Blue Lagoon” (Taveuni, Fiji – January 1, 2006)

It had been over an hour since the last Tavoro Waterfall we had seen. The footing was slippery with almost every step we took and we had to endure three rope-assisted stream crossings…

“The Circle Island Tour of Viti Levu” (Viti Levu Island, Fiji – December 28, 2005)

When I walked over to the bridge, it was clear there was a waterfall down there. The problem was that I wasn’t sure how to safely get down there. After a few minutes of looking around for a way…

“High Tide? Or Low Tide?” (Namosi Highlands, Fiji – December 27, 2005)

For some reason, I kept thinking about dirty dishes when I laid my eyes on the liquid before me. But my sense of curiosity was every bit as strong as strong as well. Besides, everyone was looking…

“A Boxing Day Adventure” (Abaca, Fiji – December 26, 2005)

As we started to leave the base of the Savu-i-One Waterfall, Julie started to notice that her left arm was starting to feel numb. We weren’t quite sure what had happened…

“Du må snakke mer norsk!” (Northern Norway – July 6, 2005 to July 9, 2005)

By now, I was getting tired of driving. Just how much longer did we have to drive until we arrive at Storslett? Complicating the situation was that I badly needed a restroom break…