by Dorothea Mackellar Originally titled “Core of my Heart”
Australia may not be ‘my’ country but my youngest daughter lives there, and her heart is in Australia. Nor was Australia on my ‘bucket list’ prior to her relocation but having just spent 4-weeks enjoying Western Australia, I know I’ve left something behind and I’ll be back, no question!
Jan read Bill Bryson’s book “In a Sunburned Country”; I’ve just finished it. It’s apparent we are in awe of this country. So little is known; so much yet to explore; so many wondrous things to experience. Absolutely loved the dry heat! Let me say unequivocally, “moss doesn’t grow there” and I’m a Vancouver girl – born and bred.
This year we had such good weather for our annual Corporate Camp-out on Galiano Island (Montague Harbour). As usual there was delicious food (beer-braised hot dogs with sauerkraut…. whaaat?!) and other fun water related activities.
On December 3, we embarked on our journey to South America aboard the Golden Princess leaving from Los Angeles (temp 64F).
Cabo San Lucas, Puntarenas and Peru all shared desert dunes, high humidity and throngs of people selling everything on the streets. Alpaca clothing was popular in South America. Four stops in Chile gave us time to enjoy the lush regions, historic sites, local markets and the Casablanca Valley wine region. Read more
(Right) Ballet on Water – Pas de Poisson – Photos by Jan and Shelley Nielsen
Jan and I have traveled north – beyond on the rapids – to The Broughton Archipelago on three occasions since 2004. We have always been the smallest, oldest and most wooden boat up there. It is a go-to destination for yachts, mega-yachts and super-mega yachts without a doubt.
Being ‘bookie’ people, we have quite a library aboard. We collect books on natural and cultural history, on local stories – from then and now and of course, the various boating bibles on the go-to destinations. If you read my articles, you’ll know we love to mix travel and timber-talk as much as possible…..and what better occasions to see the industry in action. These books spin a tale of hard work and the pioneering spirit, industry growth and decline…..and reinvention. Up in the Broughton’s, you can ‘live’ history.