Browsing All posts tagged under »Australia«

Joan Larsen’s High Adventures: Deep In Australia’s Jungles – Learning to Love a Frilled Dragon

March 15, 2017

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By Joan Larsen Still young and very adventurous on our first month-long journey to Australia – travelling on unpaved dusty roads to be one of the first to discover the wild places of the country’s Top End – had been dreamed about for years. It was a bit more rugged than we had been told […]

Joan Larsen’s Travel: Alone in Australia’s Outback

July 13, 2016

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By Joan Larsen Mysterious.  Remote.  A faraway place of endless wonders.   Another world – all its own – lies in the direct center of Australia, just waiting to be explored.  Australians call it The Outback — but surprisingly few of them have visited.  Fewer still have explored it from its bottom to The Top End. We did. […]

Joan Larsen Presents: Out of the Blue – My Life Among Whales

October 21, 2015

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By Joan Larsen   I was at the Ends of the Earth – this time so far South on the curve of the world, standing on ice so thick and slick, that it seemed a momentary slip would send me careening away. Beauty not seen anywhere else on Earth was around us, stunning us as […]

Joan Larsen Introduces: The Avian World’s Showiest Males

October 14, 2015

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By Joan Larsen The love lives of birds really hadn’t been one of my greatest interests in life.   But on our expeditions to my favorite places in the southern hemisphere of our world – like Australia, New Zealand, New Guinea, and some pretty unknown islands that abound down there – we were guided down trails […]

Joan Larsen Travel: Searching for the World’s Most Beautiful Waterfalls

September 2, 2015

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By Joan Larsen Over a lifetime of travel, I have always looked for those hidden wonders of nature – mostly so far off the beaten track that they are not known by most travelers.  Some of the most spectacular hidden treasures have been waterfalls that had to be flown into or hiked into in quite […]

Joan Larsen Encore: Lost in Another World – Exploring Australia’s Top End

June 24, 2015

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By Joan Larsen We were young and adventurous when this wilderness beckoned us.  Crocodile Dundee walked in our footsteps sometime later… but we paved the way.  For the most part, the roads in the Top End were not paved.  The largest national park in Australia lies there, a “must-be-seen” wilderness called Kakadu… a journey to […]

Joan Larsen Encore: North Into the Never-Never

May 13, 2015

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By Joan Larsen Flying by small plane, low over Australia’s Northern Territory, we are present- day Crocodile Dundees, wanting to be one of the first to go exploring a desert world that most travelers will never see. Our delightful, agreeable pilot seemed more than happy to chase down the only large inhabitants in the empty […]

Joan Larsen’s Travel: Deep In Australia’s Jungles – Learning to Love a Frilled Dragon

September 17, 2014

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By Joan Larsen Still young and very adventurous on our first month-long journey to Australia – travelling on unpaved dusty roads to be one of the first to discover the wild places of the country’s Top End – had been dreamed about for years. It was a bit more rugged than we had been told […]

Joan Larsen: Aloft in the Outback – the Royal Flying Doctors Service

April 2, 2014

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By Joan Larsen England’s Prince Charles and his Camilla, both smiling brightly, waved as they stepped off the last stair of the plane into what Americans would call “nowhere”. . . but actually is a stop in Australia’s Outback. The sun beat down mercilessly, the wind was blowing up more dust than we see in […]

Joan Larsen on the Trail of Mexico’s Hidden Secrets: Swimming With Whale Sharks

January 15, 2014

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By Joan Larsen Excitement reigned as our small plane seemed to skim the clear waters of the almost unknown islet off Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula — called Isla Holbox (pronounced Hol-Bosh).  A bit of  paradise, I thought, . . . and when the pilot further whetted our appetites by saying that the blue waters below were […]

Joan Larsen’s Travel: Eye Candy – Unbelievable Waterfalls!

November 13, 2013

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By Joan Larsen Over a lifetime of travel, I have always looked for those hidden wonders of nature – mostly so far off the beaten track that they are not known by most travelers.  Some of the most spectacular hidden treasures have been waterfalls that had to be flown into or hiked into in quite […]

Joan Larsen Encore: Alone in Australia’s Outback

October 16, 2013

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By Joan Larsen Mysterious.  Remote.  A faraway place of endless wonders.   Another world – all its own – lies in the direct center of Australia, just waiting to be explored.  Australians call it The Outback — but surprisingly few of them have visited.  Fewer still have explored it from its bottom to The Top End. We did. […]

Joan Larsen’s Travel: Climbing New Heights: Finding Sydney

July 24, 2013

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By Joan Larsen   How often do we get an opportunity to climb to the top of a bridge in the first place?  Now, how often do you get to climb a bridge that is the national icon of one of the larger countries in our world?  A bit afraid of heights?  So am I.  […]

Joan Larsen’s Travel: Lost in Another World – Exploring Australia’s Top End

May 8, 2013

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By Joan Larsen We were young and adventurous when this wilderness beckoned us.  Crocodile Dundee walked in our footsteps sometime later… but we paved the way.  For the most part, the roads in the Top End were not paved.  The largest national park in Australia lies there, a “must-be-seen” wilderness called Kakadu… a journey to […]

A Tale of Two Cockatoos: A Love Story

April 29, 2013

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I can’t take credit for this story, which starts in Queensland, Australia somewhere around 1998.  All the credit for the story and images goes to photographer Julius Bergh.  The story really resonated with me, though, because a friend has a pet cockatoo, and let me tell you, that bird is smart. Mr. Bergh’s story started […]

Joan Larsen’s Travel Stories: North Into the Never-Never

February 6, 2013

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By Joan Larsen Flying by small plane, low over Australia’s Northern Territory, we are present- day Crocodile Dundees, wanting to be one of the first to go exploring a desert world that most travelers will never see. Our delightful, agreeable pilot seemed more than happy to chase down the only large inhabitants in the empty […]

Joan Larsen’s Life Stories: A Case of Love – Love

January 23, 2013

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By Joan Larsen Just so you know,  I am wildly in love with tennis… and so what you see above in that fun photo is what I call a little bit of heaven that makes me smile every time I look at it.  The setting:  the Palm Springs, California airport arrival gate about 16 years […]

Joan Larsen’s Travel Stories: Alone in Australia’s Outback

August 22, 2012

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By Joan Larsen It was not so long ago that the roads were still unpaved in what is called “The Outback”, deep in the center of Australia.  Accommodations then?  Only a single tiny motel-of-sorts that was pretty primitive .    .   . but the “up” side was that few people were seen here as there was […]