You Never Know When Your Number’s Up.

It does no good though to tippy toe through life so you safely arrive at death. We stroll our 10,000 daily steps somewhere in the forests around here (in this case just behind Yinnar). There had been a fair bit … Continued

Thrilling tales: Erin McKittrick:

This young lady (accompanied by her husband, Hig) is amongst the greatest living explorers. Their 4,000 mile trek along the US Pacific Coast related in her book ‘A Long Trek Home’ is astonishing – but it proved to be only … Continued

Westies Hut: South Coast Track Fiordland NZ

We have just returned from this magical place four days walk along the South Coast Track from Tuatapere, Fiordland NZ where we stayed in this wonderful hut nestled in a sea cave at the Western end of Price’s Harbour at … Continued

Glamping Wilsons Prom:

You can spend a lovely two days walking from Mt Oberon Car park to Wilsons Prom Lighthouse and back staying in pretty plush accommodation at the lighthouse. The distances are considerable, but this way you only need to carry a … Continued

Hannibal Lektor’s hand:

So far (I think) it has not crept out at night to do mayhem on the innocent – but it’s sure looking impressive. I am now an amalgam of machine parts: you might like to tell anyone you know whose … Continued

Canoeing the Thomson River, Gippsland, Victoria:

I have canoed this wonderful river so many times over more than thirty years, from the Thomson Dam to Cowwarr Weir. Much of the water in the section from the dam to the Walhalla Rd Bridge was stolen by Melbourne … Continued

Upper Yarra Track Historic Photos:

Courtesy of Thomas Osberg, here are some wonderful photos of the track in bygone days. http://www.finnsheep.com/THE%20UPPER%20YARRA%20WALKING%20TRACK.htm They begin at approx McVeigh’s Hotel (now under the Upper Yarra Reservoir), and finish at Walhalla. The captions are my surmise (and might not … Continued

The Secret of Domestic Bliss:

Two products which will ensure you always have sharp kitchen knives and a happy marriage: First: ‘Smith’s 2-Step Knife Sharpener features two tungsten carbide blades with pre-set angles to ensure the perfect edge every time. Three or four strokes through … Continued

Baker Lake or BUST:

Put THIS on your ‘bucket’ list: http://www.thelon.com/thelon.htm Maybe also check out some of Ray Jardine’s adventures in the Canadian Arctic (eg back, Thelon, Kazan, Coppermine, McKenzie Rivers) here: http://www.rayjardine.com/ Maybe Della and I could someday packraft a section of one … Continued

Dusky Track Adventures #1

I have been on this track now EIGHT times, first in March 2000; the last time April 2014. I hope it is NOT the last! Other folk go different places, I know, yet I keep returning to this magical place. … Continued

Gorge River Fiordland #2

  Further to yesterday’s post about the latter day ‘Wilderness family’, mayhap you have a yen to visit them in their refuge? You CAN walk all the way from the end of the road South of Haast ie Cascade River, … Continued

THRILLING TALES #6: New Zealand’s Remotest Family

A Life on Gorge River: http://www.odt.co.nz/regions/west-coast/109338/life-bush-family-039beansprout039 Kindle edition: http://www.amazon.com.au/Life-On-Gorge-River-Zealands-ebook/dp/B004R1R4ZM Also see (his & hers versions) http://www.amazon.com.au/A-Wife-On-Gorge-River-ebook/dp/B009AL6FMC The Long family home Gorge River South of Haast in remote Sth Westland Fiordland NZ:

Bucket List: Westie’s Hut: South Coast Track Fiordland NZ

BUCKET LIST#1: Westie’s Hut: built in a sea-cave at Price’s Harbour on the South Coast Walk Fiordland New Zealand. Stunning views. Approx six hours up the ‘marked trail’ from the Waitutu River, four days in from Tuatapere; this is our … Continued

Bucket List: Crucible Lake

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BUCKET LIST#2: Crucible lake (with its icebergs) Gillespie Pass/Wilkin-Young Circuit via Makarora Fiordland, New Zealand. A future trip: http://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-go/otago/places/mount-aspiring-national-park/things-to-do/gillespie-pass-circuit/

Moose Hunting in Fiordland

Watched Ken Tustin’s new doco http://www.stealthfilms.co.nz/dvds/dvd005-bundle.html which I mentioned the other day. If you are interested in great scenery, Fiordland, the origin of the moose herd there or just hunting generally you will find something to captivate you here (for … Continued

Eddie Herrick – Moose Hunting at Dusky Sound

Venery: This is one of my all-time favourite photos. This was Eddie Herrick circa 1934 in his eponymous creek in Wet Jacket Arm, Dusky Sound, Fiordland NZ with his bull moose. In a moose hunting career in Fiordland which involved Eddie … Continued

Bucket List: Pacific Crest Trail

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01/09/2014: I have been reading about the Pacific Crest Trail. Some parts of this must be SO beautiful. Maybe something for your ‘bucket list’ (At least hiking IS cheap and affordable!) http://www.cherylstrayed.com/wild_108676.htm  &  http://freedirtmonger.blogspot.com.au/2014/08/definitions.html