Beautiful walk along the beach in Sanur.

It was great out, before the sun got up too high. Lots of locals out for their morning exercise

Tegalalang Rice Terrace

Campuhan Ridge walk

We went for a great walk yesterday. We decided to leave early, because of the high temps and humidity, and knowing that we’d be doing some climbing. As always with a little one though, plans to get out the door in a hurry don’t always work out. We managed to leave home by about 8, and the temperature would have been a balmy 27°, with about 387% humidity from the downpour the night before.

It took us about 30 minutes to get to the start of the hike, by which time I was already drenched in sweat. Ubud is a pretty amazing area, made up of a whole heap of ridges that I guess have been formed over the years from volcanic eruptions. Between the ridges are v deep gorges, while the tops of the ridges are progressively being developed.

Only a few minutes after starting the climb, it already feels like you’re out in Farn land, walking between rice fields. There are some great views to be had back down the valley, and on either side of the ridge.

You can see the track on strava below (some of that towards the end was by taxi) – it’s hard work climbing a steep hill with an extra 13kg of person on my back. The backpack we borrowed is coming in v handy though!

My friend, the gecko


I found him sitting on the floor beside my foot while I was sitting on the toilet about 2 years ago, and released him in the back yard, and he’s stuck around since. I sometimes hear him barking in the middle of the night. Hopefully he’s helping to keep the bug population down…

Cheviot Tunnel


Part of the Great Victorian Rail Trail

Mona – Part 2

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Mona – Part 1

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Strickland Falls – from the real camera…




Beautiful evening view


Looking from our campsite across the Acheron River towards the Cathedral Range, which we hiked up yesterday.

Always a little disconcerting seeing a snake near a campsite…

Especially when it has swum across a river to get there. This little bloke swam straight across the river towards our camp, then just lay in the tree for a while in the sun, before slithering into the grass along the bank, and then to who knows where. His tiger stripes where very obvious.



At last…

The people next door have turned off their super bright night sun led lights. I thought we go camping to get away from the bright lights… and generators… And I guess you could say mobile phones and websites. Oh the irony.

10 minutes later I can still hear the dozen or so people in the river a long way downstream… I asked how drunk they were. They replied “we’re thirteen”. I’m pretty sure they weren’t thirteen…

Weird things while camping…

People swimming past the campsite in the Acheron river at 11:20pm. Sounds like it’s cold!!

Mmmmm…camp fire….


A ride on the Lilydale to Warburton Rail Trail




Mitchelton Bay Classic – some video

Ladies coming around the bottom corner near the Portarlington Pier – video doesn’t do justice to just how fast they were going, and the steepness of the hill (apologies for the audio… it’s a free track from youtube’s collection…)

Men screaming up the hill from the pier towards the main street – I couldn’t believe the speed at which they came up the hill!