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Great Scot

Interesting things we saw on our Scotland trip. The massed cumulus clouds outside our plane window as we flew over the Nullarbor were the most breathtaking I have ever witnessed. They were miles high, yet somehow the lens does not do them justice. Just outside Edinburgh: hey have many beautiful weeds on the field verges …

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Car Camping Scotland:

As you know we have recently spent ten days car camping there. As this was Della’s trip, I will mostly let her tell it: ‘And so we have been to Scotland…Such a trip, to the land that bore my parents and countless generations of ancestors before them, has been a dream of mine for as …

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Beach Burial #2: The Cat

We were ‘minded of this line from Kenneth Slessor, ‘they sway and wander in the waters far under’ when we saw a dead cat amid the sea-wrack who had fallen from the cliffs at the Wallegoe Steps, Northern Scotland on our recent visit there. It may well have been the most poignant image that springs …

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Car-Camper Conversion: $50

We have recently been on a car camping holiday in Scotland where we wanted to stay away from people as much as possible on such a crowded island, and save on accommodation costs by sleeping in the rental car wherever we could find a pleasant spot. The car we hired turned out to be a …

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Canada’s Great Trail:

Canada has quietly been linking and constructing walking trails so that now it has a continuous trail that is over 20,000km long! We could so easily employ otherwise indolent folk on such a worthy national project here in Australia. Much as I have been doing with this: http://www.theultralighthiker.com/upper-yarra-track-map/ or plan to do with this: http://www.theultralighthiker.com/the-great-gippsland-circuit/ …

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Bucket List: Kazan River – Canadian Arctic

I was talking to a chap yesterday about undertaking a thousand mile canoe trip down the Kazan River in the Canadian Arctic, an area inhabited only by moose, wolves, caribou, bears, musk oxen salmon etc – and he opined I was too old! Oh dear! But surely, if Ray Jardine can do it (and much …

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A Christmas Suprise

Ohboyohboy: We had a wonderful family Xmas yesterday: (mayhap even too much of) my wife Della’s delicious food, loving company, lots of generous and thoughtful gifts, etc… but our son quite bowled us over with the gift of two free return tickets to London! As one of my friends remarked, this pretty much reduced me …

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African Sky Hunting

Envy: A friend of mine is in Africa hunting and shooting things; sounds like he is having a wonderful time. Every day there is talk of a new successful stalk, an impala or warthog taken, etc. Wonder how much it costs…Oh well, there are plenty of sambar deer here in Vic yet. May be time …

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World Travel Kit

When my son was planning to go backpacking overseas I made this list of essential items for him to have in his pack. A useful list for anyone who is interested in ultralight backpacking. ———– You need to start ordering around six months ahead as some items may take a while to be made/arrive. It would be …

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