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WorldTrip 2017/18

Manatee in crystal clear spring
By Micha
20 Jan 2018
US United States

Citrus County is well-known for its natural springs. After our first manatee experience we were looking for another spring, less crowded and away from the busy Chrystal River. What we found was a tranquil hidden gem just half an hour drive away. We just paid 5 $ for parking and rented a tandem kayak for the whole day. We put on our wetsuits and jumped into the kayak to get closer to the manatees.

What we experienced here was mind-blowing, much better than the guided tour. First, we...

swimming manatee in Chrystal River
By Micha
19 Jan 2018
US United States

Our first destination is Chrystal River in Florida. Our idea was to warm up from the cold winter in Europe. Actually, we planned to camp for four nights at Rainbow Springs. We didn’t expect to get night temps below 0°C / 32°F. Our MSR Freelight tent is best suited for warmer temperatures. It is not an all seasons tent. Due to luggage weight limitation by airlines, most of our gear is lightweight. Now, we ended up in a cabin nearby.

We stopped by Bill Jackson Outdoor Store to get a...

By Micha
06 Dec 2017
AU Australia

After several days at the sea, we went back to the woods. First destination is the Lamington National Park the Binna Burra section in Queensland. The park is also well-known for the northernmost located Antarctic beeches around 800 meters above sea level.

Shortly before we arrived at the campground I asked Markus for a quick stop for taking a pic. Just the yellow sign with a koala on it, because we didn’t spot any yet. We were spoilt with koalas along the Great Ocean Road in 2015. ...

By Micha
03 Dec 2017
AU Australia

After several days in the rainforest, we needed to warm up in the sun. Yuraygir National Park was the perfect location for it. The Angourie walk in the north of the park is 10 km long and leads along the sea. The views were amazing, and our target was being in time at low tide at Shelley caves. The last part to the caves is not marked. It’s a steep descent to a secluded beach. After the beach, we walked above an exposed rock shelf to get to the caves. It only works at low tide with hardly...

New England Gondwana Rainforest
By Micha
30 Nov 2017
AU Australia

We felt fantastic here and enjoyed the brilliant rainforest of New England. As soon as we arrived, we pitched our tent. The fee is 12 AUD for two, and there are 10 campsites only. While we prepared our lunch, it starts to pour again. After coffee, we decided to take our raincapes like yesterday.

We started at Point Lookout combined different trails to hike in a loop to the Eagles Nest, Weeping Rock, and the Antarctic Beech Forest. The trail is heavily steep and slippery due to the...

By Micha
29 Nov 2017
AU Australia

What an incredibly beautiful old Gondwana rainforest despite the heavy rain or due to. The Interpretive and Information Center of Dorrigo is very interesting and exciting. They also offer fancy presents and Christmas is coming soon. Markus always remembered me that we have limited space and weight, hahaha! Actually, we wanted to hike to different waterfalls starting at the Never Never picnic area. When we arrived at 750 meters elevation, I had a look at a hiking board. Suddenly I heard a...

By Micha
23 Nov 2017
AU Australia

Around Sydney are so many awesome National Parks. This time we went to Ku-ring-gai Chase which is rich in aboriginal culture more than we expected. We were impressed by the many sites you can hike to. The rock art of the Guringai people is a couple of thousand years old.

This park also offers many hiking trails with different length some to hidden beaches like West Head Beach. It’s a must see if you are in the area of Sydney. Don’t visit the park in a rush just for the West Head...

By Micha
21 Nov 2017
AU Australia

What a brilliant day. We could make it to the Figure Eight Pools in Royal National Park today. We had planned this several times, and today the conditions were perfect. Good weather, the sea not too rough, low tide not too late in the day. At the information center, a large sign stated: "no access to figure eight pools today". I could not believe that. Will we miss it again? Was all the planning senseless? We took a chance and ignored the message because we extensively researched all...

Qingshui Cliffs - Taroko National Park
By Micha
17 Nov 2017
TW Taiwan

Our last day on this unforgettable island. We know we come back soon. There is so much more to discover. What could we do today? First, we had several hours drive to get direction Taipei. We could either hike to the Teapot Mountain or perhaps I check the sea conditions and I could snorkeling again. Elephant Trunk should be an excellent destination for a short hike and a snorkel trip. It was hot today already 30 degrees in the morning, and the sky was perfectly blue. We made a quick stop at...

By Micha
16 Nov 2017
TW Taiwan

We thought traveling through Taroko National Park would be the highlight of our trip, the reason that everything was planned around for right weather conditions. To be honest, the park is very popular and overrun. The narrow gorge and roads cannot handle this amount of buses and cars. Busses and vans block most of the parking areas from midday onwards. On the other hand, roads are rebuilt always and everywhere. The results are huge traffic jams in the gorge. Roads are sometimes closed for...