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17 March 2018 | comments: 0 | Categories:

Mouth of the Kolan River

I walked to the mouth of the Kolan River this morning, starting from home before sunrise at 4.50am.

The tide was rising quickly, which meant soft sand and a slower hike. I like jogging on the beach when it's low tide or the sea is in retreat.

The return journey of 13km took two hours and 28 minutes.

The Mouth of Kolan River Conservation Park boundary was nearly 3km along the beach. Mangrove snags (...)

06 January 2018 | comments: 0 | Categories: Tags:

Black Mountain

Black Mountain is an iconic Canberra landmark. It's elevation of 812 metres is 256 metres higher than Lake Burley Griffin.The imposing Telstra Tower rises another 195 metres above the summit.

Snow fell on the mountain this winter but not on the lower ground.

It's a pleasant scenic walk from the base, especially starting from the Australian National Botanic Gardens. The gardens feature a scientific collection of native plants from (...)

02 December 2017 | comments: 0 | Categories: Tags:

Pagan tradition survives at St Tecla's Well

In April 2014 I walked the 285km Offa's Dyke Path along the Wales-England border from Chepstow to Prestatyn, passing through the small Welsh village of Llandegla.

St Tecla's ChurchI was intrigued to read in the guide book the village has a (...)

12 November 2017 | comments: 0 | Categories: Tags:

Castell Dinas Bran

I visited Castell Dinas Bran in April 2014. It's a haunting ruin above the town of Llangollen in Denbighshire, Wales.

Dinas Bran was built on the site of an Iron Age fort and was the stronghold of Welsh princes before English forces overran them in 1282. The name translates as "crow castle" or "hill of the crow".

It's indeed a challenging walk from below to the ramparts and would have deterred many attackers.


11 November 2017 | comments: 1 | Categories: Tags:

Henbury meteorites

I visited the Henbury meteorite craters, about 140km southwest of Alice Springs, in November 2015.

According to Wikipedia, Henbury is one of five meteorite impact sites in Australia with remaining meteorite fragments and one of the world's best preserved examples of a small crater field.

At Henbury there are 13 to 14 craters ranging from 7 to 180 metres in diameter and up to 15 metres in depth (...)

11 November 2017 | comments: 0 | Categories: Tags:

Detained in Malawi

While visiting Malawi in 1990, I was detailed by police in Blantyre and questioned about my apparent interest in the country's then President Hastings Banda.

In 1963, Banda was formally appointed as Nyasaland's Prime Minister, and led the country to independence as Malawi a year later. Two years later, he proclaimed Malawi a republic with himself as president.

He consolidated power and later declared Malawi a one (...)