Taking a trip down memory lane

Today marks 10 years since I arrived home after my first overseas holiday. It was a seven-week trip to the US (with two day-trips to Canada thrown in) with my sister. We had a great time visiting the west coast, east coast, and Hawaii. My top three places that we visited were Yellowstone National Park, New York, and Hawaii – Yellowstone for its wildlife and the landscape, New York for just being New York, and Hawaii for its relaxed vibe and volcanoes. These are the places we visited:

  • San Francisco
  • Seattle (day-trip to Victoria, British Columbia)
  • Yellowstone National Park
  • New York
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Orlando
  • Las Vegas
  • San Diego
  • Los Angeles
  • Hawaii

In honour of the 10 year anniversary of going on the holiday, I posted a whole bunch of photos to Facebook. I added a new album for each place we visited on the date that we arrived there. I’ve also uploaded all the photos to Google Photos so that I’ve got them stored online somewhere. Here’s a selection of them from across the holiday:


At the time we weren’t geocachers, so we didn’t spend any time looking for caches. I bet there were hundreds of them near us, though. It was a great trip and I wouldn’t mind going back one day with the family. I have heard that there’s a Star Wars Land being built at Disney World …


Hi ho, hi ho, it’s back to work I go

Well, today is the last day of my four weeks of Long Service Leave (LSL). It’s the first time I’ve taken LSL, and I feel like a grown-up now. It’s been nice to have the time off to focus on getting a few things done (mainly in the garden). As a record of what I did, I’ve put together a Storify of what I got up to. Time to start planning when I’m going to take my next lot of LSL, I think.