FRIDAY // 14th of July continued..
Hmm, so where were we? Oh yes, that’s right, we were stranded in the Tasmanian bush as darkness approached. Well, plot twist, we didn’t actually end up dying from frostbite like I had envisioned (because, you know, the fact that I’m alive writing this totally didn’t give it away). Instead we calmly went searching for any sign of a slight path or a pink ribbon. Ok, Ryan searched calmly and I may or may not have done a fantastic impersonation of a crazy person. The details aren’t important. I almost wished we had left a trail of breadcrumbs behind us like my mum had suggested (don’t worry, she was kidding… I think) but considering my luck they would have lead to some witch’s candy covered gingerbread doorstep. BUT, lo and behold, we found the freakin’ path. We then proceeded to walk back to the main track as fast as humanly possible. Phew, that was a close one. I nearly kissed the ground in elation (the key word being ‘nearly’ – my better judgement came through just in time). #Blessed. From there we went and got the most amazing pizza (because let’s face it after that ordeal pizza was in order) from a place called Solo Pasta and Pizza and fell asleep later that night watching movies.
SATURDAY // 15th of July
Another big day of waterfalls. Saturday’s agenda consisted of Strickland Falls, Secret Falls (except ironically, this one wasn’t actually a secret), Myrtle Falls and much to my despair, Ryan wanted to give the hidden waterfall from yesterday another go. So we started off at Strickland Falls and once we found the track (tip: about 30 seconds into the track it suddenly stops and you have to cross the shallow water and go up the Little Rock wall) it was only a 2 minute walk to the waterfalls. I’m not sure what amazed me more, the waterfall or the fact that Ryan saw a guy walking around shirtless whilst I shivered in my five layers of thermals. We then headed back to my arch nemesis, the hidden waterfall, whilst it was still early on in the day to give us plenty of time. And you’ll never believe it,… View Post
On Wednesday we flew into Hobart in the early afternoon. Much to my surprise, we didn’t spend the remainder of the afternoon settling in and unpacking, instead we headed off on an adventure. After many windy roads and far too many wrong turns (my bad) we arrived at the perfect sunset spot, Mortimer Bay. And of my goodness. After a short walk, the trees lining the bay cleared to reveal an out-of-place wooden fence parting water so still that when you looked at it all you could see were the clouds reflected from above. The bay was entirely deserted besides us and one other photographer whom had the same idea as Ryan. The three of us chatted as they got their shots and all too soon the once golden sky transformed into a sea of purple as the sun slowly slipped behind the distant mountains bordering the horizon.
Now, a lot of you know that I’m not even fond of queensland winter; which to most people is a sorry excuse for a winter. So travelling to a place that actually experiences a real winter had me a little nervous. Perhaps standing in the sun had lulled me into a false sense of security, but up until this point I thought I had been handling the cold relatively well. That was until the sun went down. Only then did I learn the true meaning of cold. If it weren’t for that incredible sunset and the handsome soon-to-be birthday boy standing beside me I would have been seriously questioning my sanity in agreeing to go to Tasmania in the dead of winter.
From there we drove over to opossum bay whilst becoming very well acquainted with the car heaters. Eventually we landed on an isolated sandy road leading out to the pitch black beach, the perfect spot for Ryan to get Astro photos of the Milky Way. Which just so happened to also be the perfect spot to let my sook flag fly high; firstly, it was freezing and secondly, there was definitely something in the bushes (Ryan would argue it was a possum but I was thinking something more along the lines of an abominable snowman or a serial killer… or a kangaroo). But I put my big girl pants on and ventured out down the beach track with my trusty iPhone torch whilst Ryan casually mentions spotting what looked like kangaroo footprints. Thanks babe, exactly what I wanted to hear. Anyways, Ryan got some incredible shots and I’m still alive to tell the tail so it was a win-win situation.… View Post
Happy Tuesday everyone!
Ryan and I have been doing a lot of adventuring (lol, not sure if that’s a word, but let’s roll with it) lately and I couldn’t not share it with you guys. I figured I’ll split the posts up according to the weekend which we went, so let’s start with Twin falls from about 3 weekends ago.
Ok, so this weekend was rather, hmmm, interesting. Let’s just say I was a tad unlucky that day. Firstly, we left too late and were fighting time (bye sunlight) to get back up to the top of the mountain before it was completely pitch black. I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned this before, but I’m a total wuss and hate being in the bush when it’s dark. It freaks me out. Big time. And of course to make things worse, we got caught in rain and intense fog. ‘Cause, you know, what goes better with a creepy dark forest than some eery fog?! Ohhh and let’s not forget that I also almost stepped on a huge crayfish and what looked like a baby snake. Hmmm, now I think there was just one more thing – oh that’s right, I GOT POOPED ON BY A BAT. Yeah, that happened. And it was so unbelievably gross. Also, can we all just assume that the ‘when a bird poops on you it’s good luck’ thing is true for bats as well? Yeah? Cool.… View Post
Hey everyone! Can you believe it’s September already?! Is it just me or has the last couple of weeks flown by??? Like, can time slow down for a little bit and let me catch up! Anywho, here is the post I promised you last week all about my adventures from the weekend before. So my boyfriend, Ryan, and I headed out on yet another waterfall adventure. I know, I’m amazed we haven’t explored every single waterfall in the Goldcoast by now either, but to my surprise there were a couple of busier waterfalls that we had overlooked. In case you haven’t read my Byron Bay post, one of the main reasons we go exploring so often (besides the fact that I LOVE it), is because Ryan does landscape/adventure photography as a hobby. So we tend to stay away from busier locations because, for some reason, people like to get in the way of our photos… No joke, we’ll have the camera and tripod set up and then BAM someone walks in front. Like, Really?! Ha! However, after searching this waterfall on instagram, the views looked so good that we had no other choice but to hop in the car and go exploring. Aaaaaaand I’m am SO glad we did. Look. At. That. Not even five minutes into the track and you have views like that! Look at this bad boy. Now THAT is a waterfall. I really loved how this track was scenic the whole way through; mini waterfalls and amazing views scattered everywhere. The track was also fairly easy which was super convenient as time was not on our side that afternoon. In saying that, I’m never too fond of the walk back UP the mountain. My skinny chicken legs (umm muscles please hurry up!) are just not built for it. BUT, the feeling you get after reaching the top, oh man, it’s the best. So, we headed back up the way we came powering up the mountain until we stumbled (quite literally, my chicken legs were jelly by this point) back upon the most perfect little spot, not too far from the start of the track, from where we could enjoy the sunset. And when I say perfect, I mean P-E-R-F-E-C-T. Picture this: standing on top of a gigantic waterfall looking out onto a luscious green blanket of mountains, a sparkling blue ocean on the horizon and… View Post
A few weeks ago I read a book by Laura Vanderkam called “What Successful People Do on the Weekends” (obsessed with all her books lately, I highly recommend them) and in it she described the importance of planning things to do on the weekends, because you only have a limited number of weekends in your lifetime. Obviously most people work during weekdays so the weekend is their only chance to go make some truly amazing memories… Yet, so many people waste that opportunity! So, when I gave my blog a makeover I decided to add in a Travel tab. This way I can share with you any overseas travels, as well as some of my little weekend adventures. Not only is it a great opportunity for me to write some fun and more personal posts, I thought perhaps sharing some of my adventures will inspire you to make some adventures of your own. This may mean different things for different people, for us it’s going out into nature. If you follow along on my Instagram (@chantelouisee) or my boyfriend, Ryan’s Instagram (@framegrabs) you would know that we love to go exploring, especially if there is waterfalls involved. I love the exercise and the peacefulness that nature gives you and one of Ryan’s hobbies is landscape photography so it’s a win-win! In fact, all of the photos in this post are taken by Ryan – how beautiful are they?! If you do want to live a healthier lifestyle, definitely try to go exploring more often. Besides the fact that it’s great exercise, being surrounded in nature and breathing in all that fresh air gives you a feeling that you just can’t get from the gym. Trying new things and experiencing more of this world (even if it’s just places in and around your hometown – which most of our adventures are) could lead to some of the best moments in your life. We only have so many weekends, make them count! With all that said, here’s our Byron Bay Adventures: First up – here’s a little video I made to show you our day in a nutshell, for those of you that follow me on insta you would have seen this already. Oh and ignore the terrible quality, filming was entirely spontaneous and I only had my little digital camera, BUT it was all just too pretty not too share.… View Post