Adventures with Aster the Bernese Mountain Dog

If I’m being honest, I am pretty exhausted. I am happy, in love, surprised, excited, feeling accomplished, feeling like a failure, full of awe, grateful, and tired. So…very…tired. A bit of a catchup It’s amazing how much can change in a few weeks, or even a few months. Last year was full of disappointment: COVID-19 […]

5 Things to Do at Fowlers Bay, South Australia

Fowlers Bay is a remote fishing village on the western edge of South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula.  It is surrounded by Fowlers Bay Conservation Park and the Nuyts Archipelago Marine Park.  Together, these parks include the waters of the Great Australian Bight, sand dunes, rocky cliff faces, 4WD tracks and flat scrubland.  With a range of […]

Running for Solitude

Where do you go when you need solitude? Anywhere I can run, I have solitude. Running is a great way to get into your own head and out of it at the same time. If I’m stressed, I run. If I need to work something through, I run. If I need some space or time […]

Adventure to the Remote Town of Fowlers Bay

Located off grid and a long way from anywhere, the tiny fishing village of Fowlers Bay is overshadowed by the sand dunes encroaching on the northwest edge of town.  Despite, or more likely because of, its remoteness Fowlers Bay gets nearly 8000 visitors per year. Fowlers Bay is 12km from the nearest paved road, 20km […]

Bloganuary Catch Up

I honestly intended to blog daily this month, or at least almost daily, but I have fallen behind on the Bloganuary daily writing prompts. This is partly because, well, life happened and partly some of the prompts, such as ‘What emoji(s) do you like to use?’, I have no interest in answering. I have found […]

Living Boldly

boldly (adverb): without hesitation or fear in the face of risk or danger; courageously: without worrying about the opinion or judgment of others: Today’s bloganuary prompt asks, What does it mean to live boldly? I believe that to live boldly means to live life to the fullest. I try to do this by experiencing […]

Five Reasons I’m Grateful in 2022

Last week, I tested positive for COVID-19 and am currently stuck at home in isolation on what is meant to be a very hot week. All of which makes today’s bloganuary prompt – What are 5 things you’re grateful for today? – an interesting question. Five Reasons I’m Grateful Today 1) Vaccinations I strongly support […]

Ski Trip 2021 – The Final Update

Sometimes, life forces you to be a little creative. 2021 Ski Trip Plans, a Recap In the middle of 2021, and at the start of the southern hemisphere ski season, we were forced to cancel two ski trips because of COVID-19 border closures and restrictions. As winter continued, it became clear that the state borders […]

A Lifetime of Writing

I have been a writer for as long as I can remember, which is at least as far back as kindergarten when I entered my first Illinois Young Authors’ Contest*. My first story was, rather fittingly, about our family’s ski trip earlier in the year. On the pages of the short non-fiction story (which I’m […]

Ski Patrol (The Movie)

What makes you laugh? I’ve been trying to relate the daily bloganuary prompts to the overall theme of my blog, but today’s prompt (What makes you laugh?) had a me a bit stumped for a while. Then, I remembered something that made me laugh about skiing when I was younger. In 1990, the movie, ‘Ski […]


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About Me

Hi! I’m Ashley. I’m an American-born ex-ski bum 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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