After arriving on Heron Island by seaplane, we grabbed a quick bite to eat and immediately went for a walk around the island. It’s such a tiny place you could easily do it in 20 minutes at a brisk pace. It was amazing to see absolutely no other signs of land from any point. Just in that short walk, we encountered sting rays, sharks, a couple sea turtles, and lots and lots of birds. If you’re afraid of birds even a little bit, this island would be your nightmare. The ocean views were just breathtaking! We spent a lot of time with our toes in the sand. Actually, it’s not even the type of sand we are used to on the beach! Heron Island is a coral cay. So that means the island is formed by tiny bits of crushed coral. Such an unique experience!
The next step of our adventure was to visit The Great Barrier Reef. Visiting here better be on everyone’s bucket list. It’s an amazing surreal experience. It’s absolutely incredible how up close and personal you can get with the wildlife. For example, we got up to watch the sun rise one morning to witness a little sea turtle love and saw tracks where the ladies had come to shore for a nap. Just a flat out cool experience.
I highly recommend trying to take a helicopter or seaplane out to wherever your stay takes you for another perspective of The Great Barrier Reef. As we were flying over we saw sharks, stingrays, schools of fish, and lots of sea turtles. Pretty much everything I wanted to see! The seaplane experience was really awesome too. Landing and taking off on the ocean was crazy! I’m so happy we did that. Stay tuned Wednesday for more on my Great Barrier Reef adventure.
Who says a fashionista can’t fish? It cracks me up every time to think I have a clamming and crabbing license in Washington. It just doesn’t sound like something I would do and actually enjoy! Dropping our 4 pots into the water on opening day was so exciting! We were at a friend’s cabin watching them pull up their pots full of crab and dreaming of what we would catch in the following hours. All in all we ended up with about 13 keeper crabs and 4 or 5 starfish that were fun to take pictures with but promptly returned to their ocean home.
While waiting for our pots to “soak”, we picked up some oysters off the beach and I got to learn to shuck them! It’s easier then I thought it would be actually! And super tasty!
For all the years I’ve been heading to Washington to visit family, I can’t believe I (the super duper animal lover) was the only one in my family not to visit the Olympic Game Farm. Not only is there a pretty incredible variety of animals in this little park, you can feed them while driving your car through it! Hello! This is a Chelsea dream come true! Have you ever gotten to feed a Yak? Or a buffalo? How about a BABY buffalo?! I knew I was in for a treat when the attendant tells you to “just keep moving” when you get to the Elk/Buffalo enclosure. And let me tell you, those Elk are just as tall as our Suburban!
I had the pleasure of going in the Spring after all sorts of babies had been born. I mean, come on! All baby animals are just plain cute. A lot of these animals are rescued from bad situations which makes me extra happy to see them roaming this beautiful place. Many of the bears are retired from show business and will sit back and give you a little wave for their treat too. Talk about cuteness overload! If only we could hug them…
For more information on this super fun game farm, head on over to their website here. My only recommendation is… get a car wash soon after. Hehehe.
That’s right, my friends. I went digging for clams in Washington. Over our Thanksgiving trip, Tyler’s family suggested a camping adventure to Pacific Beach to dig for razor clams. I’m game to try anything once but got a little freaked out after looking at the weather report. It kept warning of an “Arctic Invasion” (“Killer Snowflakes!” My mom exclaimed) and the thought of battling almost freezing temperatures with high winds and rain while clomping through the wave edge looking for razor clam holes was not as appealing as I originally thought. We totally lucked out though. When the tide was low, the weather broke and we had an absolutely great time. I was shocked how fun it really was! That was until we got to the cleaning the clams part… I’ll spare you the details.
P.S. – I wore this look when I went to get my clamming license at Sportman’s Warehouse. I don’t think they believed me that I was actually going to use it…
I’m one of those annoying people that always has her camera on her and is the paparazzi of the group shouting “Smile!” every few minutes. In the end, I’m always happy I did when I look back at the photos of our trip. I can’t believe it’s been almost 4 years since I visited Australia with my two besties!! Time flies! Today I’m reminiscing on a portion of our epic adventure: Bondi Beach. We only visited here for the afternoon but for some reason, it was such an amazing day that it sticks out in my mind as a highlight of the 3 week trip. Here’s just a sampling of photos from our day at Bondi Beach.
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