Monkey Watch

Monkey Watch was one of the excursion options on our recent Panama Canal cruise. The tour left from the pier at Panama City, after we had transited the canal itself. Panama has a large harbor but it is not set up to accommodate cruise ships so we took one of the tenders to get to […]

The Weaver Creek Salmon Run

Follow us on Facebook! The life cycle of the Pacific sockeye salmon is a fascinating one. Although salmon are a salt water fish, they start life in fresh water. Every year in October thousands of salmon migrate back to the river of their origin to lay eggs. The eggs are fertilized by the males and stay […]

Photo Gallery: Mammoth Cave, Western Australia

Follow us on Facebook! Here are some additional photos from our visit to the Mammoth Cave in Western Australia. The one above is looking at the sinkhole from near the exit. The first chamber we entered. This photo was taken with a flash. Compare it to the one without flash in the original blog post. Some […]

Mammoth Cave, Western Australia

Follow us on Facebook! One of the highlights of the Margaret River Region about 300 kilometres south of Perth, Australia is a series of caves stretching from Dunsborough to Augusta. There are over a hundred of them and four have been developed as tourist attractions.  These are the Ngilgi Cave near Yallingup, the Mammoth and Lake […]

Photo Gallery: Rottnest Island East End

Follow us on Facebook! Here are some additional photos from the East End of Rottnest Island. Overlooking Pinky Beach from the Bathurst Lighthouse The Bathurst Lighthouse Sculptured shoreline near the Bathurst Lighthouse Some local residences on Rottnest Island. Some are available as rentals. No quokkas allowed!  Perth seen from Rottnest Island, 19 kilometres away. Salmon Bay […]

Rottnest Island

Follow us on Facebook! Australia is a biologically distinct continent with many species of both plant and animal life that live nowhere else in the world. These include, of course, the kangaroo, the wallaby, the koala, the Tasmanian devil, the emu, and a wide variety of snakes and insects. Some of these flora and fauna are […]

Photo Gallery: Rowena’s Inn on the River

Follow us on Facebook! Here are some additional photos of the inn and surrounding area. I will be adding some more after Valentine’s Day when I will be taking some interior shots. The view at the top of the page is of the Harrison River as seen from beside the swimming pool. The inn in the […]

Photo Gallery: Kings Park 2

Follow us on Facebook! The restaurant and convention complex at Kings Park The path leading to the botanic garden. Map of the Botanic Gardens Magnificent trees Beautiful flower Some burnt trees Along the dusty trail At the footbridge Australia has six seasons! One of many signs explaining flora as well as Australian lore. The boab tree […]

Historic Powell River

Follow us on Facebook! A couple of weeks ago Janis and I visited our friends Paul and Cheryl for the weekend. They recently retired to Powell River, though Cheryl still telecommutes. A lot of people think the Sunshine Coast is just the Sechelt Peninsula, but that’s only about half of it. It actually extends all the way to […]