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River Trail and Wattle Trail Combined Hike at Sturt Gorge Recreation Park

The Sturt Gorge Recreation Park is full of surprises, like a large dam hiding in the middle of the park.  Tucked in the southern foothills, 13km south of Adelaide, the Sturt Gorge Recreation Park has more than two dozen shared-use trails that traverse the Sturt River and criss-cross the tight valley that it flows through. […]

15 Things to Know About Houseboating on the River Murray

Are you looking for a holiday that is relaxing but also full of activities?  Want to see multiple places but don’t want the hassle of changing accommodation?  Houseboating on the River Murray is all of these things, and all at once. From the comfort of your hired home, you can travel up and down the […]

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Relaxing on River Time – Houseboating on the Murray River

A sense of calm comes over me as I lean back in the chair, having given the large wheel a slight nudge to the left.  My feet and beer up on the dash, I gaze at trees on the riverbank as they slowly slide past.  With nowhere specific to be for four days, we glide […]

Sundews Ridge Hike at Onkaparinga River National Park

Nestled in the hills between the vineyards of the McLaren Vale wine region and the southern Adelaide suburbs of Morphett Vale and Hackham, the Onkaparinga River National Park is home to the stunning Onkaparinga Gorge, a variety of native vegetation and wildlife, a rock climbing zone and a campground. There are about a dozen walking […]

River Trail and Lomandra Trail Combined Hike at Sturt Gorge Recreation Park

There are surprising pockets of nature and bushland all over the Adelaide metropolitan area.  As the metro area creeps towards the Adelaide Hills, the flat land gives way to increasingly steep undulations, gorges and land difficult to build on.  It’s in these places that I am learning to find some great, less-trafficked spaces for outdoor […]

Update: Ski Trip 2021

It’s amazing how much can change in the space of two weeks, and at the same time how little can change in a year. Since I first wrote about planning for this year’s ski trip, just two weeks ago, South Australia joined Victoria in a hard lockdown and then both states came out of their […]

Driving Through the Adelaide Hills

Driving through the Adelaide Hills is both a thrilling and relaxing experience.  The tree-lined roads dip and climb, tracing the rolling hillsides and occasionally cutting into them around tight corners where the slope drops sharply away, exposing remarkable views.  When not closed in by the trees or sharp rise of a hillside, the views stretch […]

Ski Trip 2021

I don’t know if I should feel excited, nervous, guilty, sad, or angry. Normally about his time, I’m writing about how excited I am to be going skiing, and what we have planned for our upcoming trip. However, we are still living through a pandemic so all plans come loaded with a lot of fine […]

Back in Flight: Flying During COVID

There’s a small thrill of excitement in the middle of my chest as the as the dull drone of the engines gets louder and I feel a slight pressure pushing me into the back of my seat.  As the view out the window rushes by then drops away and I feel myself get pushed down […]

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About Me

Hi! I’m Ashley. I’m an ex-ski bum from America who lives in Adelaide, Australia – a place that gets no snow. I was working at a Colorado ski resort when I fell in love with an Aussie boy and I have since fallen in love with his hometown.

I explore my wonderful adopted home of South Australia, while we plan our next amazing ski trip.

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