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Welcome to Denver

Welcome to Denver! Home of the 2016 Superbowl champion Broncos. It’s also home to wonderful people, great food, plenty of skiing and lots of beer! We recently spent five days exploring Denver, and honestly, it wasn’t close to enough. There is so much to do and see. To make the most of our time, we got input from the locals (mainly my sister-in-law and her boyfriend) for the best places/things/food.

We stayed in the Lakewood area, just west of Denver. The location is great. It’s just far enough out that you avoid those downtown hotel prices, but close enough to everything that you don’t feel out of the way. Lakewood is a growing area with a wonderful mix of local and chain restaurants/pubs. The drive to downtown is only 15 minutes, and you are right next to the mountains. If you don’t have a car (which you should rent for a few days), there is a commuter train that will take you from Lakewood into downtown as well as the surrounding cities. Commuter train pub crawl anyone?

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April 16, 2016 - 2:23 pm

Nathan Rode - Test Test Test.

The Relaunch of Alycat’s Walkabout

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“We wander for distraction, but we travel for fulfillment.” – Hilaire Belloc

It is with excitement that I welcome you to the relaunch of Alycat’s Walkabout! I have been steadily working to repurpose this blog for the last several months. My vision and goal is to turn Alycat’s Walkabout into an information source for travelers. Whether traveling locally, across the country or around the world, I want to help people get the most out of their excursions.

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A Year Ago Today…

A year ago today, I set out on the adventure of a lifetime. While the adventure was already underway (I was already in L.A.), November 2nd was the day I jumped on a 15-hour flight to the other side of the world. It was the point of no return, the point in which I took a major jump out of my comfort zone. A jump that would ultimately change my view of the world… and myself.

A year ago today, I boarded Qantas Flight 91 for Melbourne, Australia, to begin Alycat’s Walkabout. As part of the celebration, I compiled some of my favorite photos from the trip on this blog post. It is hard to believe, looking through these photos, that it has been a year. I am filled with emotion as I reflect on my time there: the people I met, the experiences I had.

But there is one feeling that I just cannot shake: the incredible, overwhelming desire to return. Soon…

The Great Ocean Road

Koalas along the Great Ocean Road

Exploring parks around Melbourne with the staff from Nature Conservancy.

Rebuilding a forest at “The Island” with Conservation Volunteers of Australia

The kangaroos of Little Desert Nature Lodge

Little Dessert Nature Lodge was one of my favorite stops. The breathtaking views and working being done to save wildlife is just amazing!

Hey George!

We found more sea lions on Kangaroo Island than kangaroos.

I got to photograph an Australian Baseball League game. Man, it was different!

Then there was beautiful Rottnest Island with the happiest animal in the world… the Quokka.

Documented the incredible efforts to keep art alive in Melbourne. I even got to add my own little mark!

We work with Bike On New Zealand, who is helping schools tackle health and educational issues by introducing students to biking.

We explored and documented the incredible wildlife and history of Brookfield National Park with Conservation Volunteers of Australia.

We even went “under the sea” to help The Nature Conservancy document possible locations to reintroduce coral and clams to Port Philip Bay.

From wallabies to little penguins, so many incredible animals are facing extinction. The efforts being made to save them are amazing. I’m glad that Alycat was able to play a small role in furthering their work.

November 4, 2015 - 12:06 pm

Lilith Walters - Beautiful Allyson. You follow your heart and now share the photos. Brought a smiles to my face this rainy morning.

Saving The Endangered Little Penguin

Meet one of the world’s smallest penguins, the little penguin. The little penguin is an adorable species of penguin found mostly around the waters of Australia. The little penguin is also endangered, and a massive joint effort between the Australian government and conservation groups is under way in an attempt to save them.

The Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife has been a huge supporter of these efforts. While visiting Western Australia, FNPW asked if I would go over to Penguin Island to document some of the work being done. Little penguins on a gorgeous island in the Indian Ocean… how could I say no to that?

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Waterfall Springs Wildlife Sanctuary

Welcome to Waterfall Springs Wildlife Sanctuary!

One of my final volunteer projects in Australia before heading to New Zealand was to visit and document the important work being done at Waterfall Springs for the Foundation for National Parks Wildlife (FNPW). The mission of Waterfall Springs is to “coordinate and unite with the community and organizations to conduct recovery projects for Australian endangered species.” Their main focus right now is to help rebuild the endangered wallaby populations.

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