Science and Conservation

Its Freaking Lava! Thrill Seeking in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Volcanoes have always fascinated me. Always! I don’t remember my first encounter with them, probably watching lava spew from a thundering mountain top on the evening news. What I do remember is being spellbound, and just a little scared, of them as a young child. Somehow, I knew there was no risk to us at our home in southeast England but I watched the powerful...

Fossil Hunting in Kalbarri National Park

Kalbarri National Park had been at the top of my list of places to visit in Western Australia since I arrived back in 2012. In the park you can find evidence of the first animals to walk on land and to a geologist, that’s about as exciting as Disneyland. We first visited back in 2013 as the final leg of a big road trip up the Coral Coast, only to find the national...

Southern Lights and Living Fossils at Lake Clifton

What do the Southern Lights and rare, living fossils have in common? They can both be seen from Lake Clifton, one of the featured hikes on the Trails WA website. I stumbled across the website one morning and spent an hour or so exploring the map, finding all sorts of trails not too far from our home in Mandurah. Maddie has never been a fan of the car so Jed and I...