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Little Desert Nature Lodge

Welcome to the Outback! I know, it wasn’t quite what I pictured either. It’s beautiful and charming in a way I didn’t think it would be. We spent the last three days exploring and working in this wonderful little section of the Outback called Little Desert. Unlike the red, bare earth you see in many pictures of the Australian Outback, Little Desert is full of fine white sand, wheat fields and massive trees.

Fine white sand, like the beach? Yes, exactly like the beach! Trust me, I was just as surprised. It’s not easy to keep sand out of your boots on hikes! When I asked our guide about the sand, he explained that Australia used to be covered by massive seas that stretched throughout different parts of the outback. As the land was pushed up from the ocean floor, the seas eventually disappeared leaving behind their sandy bottoms. If you look hard enough, you can even find the remains of shells.

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November 11, 2014 - 1:58 am

Karen Gale - It’s exciting you also were able to get familiar with CVA while on this journey. Beautiful photos, Alyson, keep ’em coming!

November 11, 2014 - 2:18 am

Pam Diaz - Love George’s face! So expressive .. And I simply adore that flower picture!!

November 12, 2014 - 12:14 pm

Steve Lee - Such beautiful photographs…you captured the visit wonderfully. What a great opportunity for you guys, I hope you can make it back there in the very near future!

January 29, 2015 - 3:04 am

Heather Well - It was so lovely to have you here. The photos look amazing. Thank you so much!

Kangaroos! Does It Get Any More Australian?

Yes, we’re really in Australia! That reality sinks in a little more each day as we venture farther away from Melbourne and explore more of the countryside. Then came that “this is it” moment: the moment when it all comes together. For Hannah and me, that came yesterday evening when we pulled into Little Desert Nature Reserve and were greeted by 20-25 kangaroos.

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The Adventure Begins!

The adventure of a lifetime has begun! After months of planning, it’s crazy to think that Alycat’s Walkabout is taking off. It has been an exhausting, but exciting few days since we made our way to Australia. So let’s get you caught up!

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November 7, 2014 - 2:38 am

Pam Diaz - Fantastic!

November 7, 2014 - 3:09 am

Samuel Diaz - Love that you are there and we can see it so wonderfully through your “eyes”. Keep em coming!

November 19, 2014 - 1:02 pm

Steve Lee - where are the snakes?? I know they have them there!!!

T-Minus Two Weeks!

Two weeks from today, Hannah and I will be landing in Melbourne, Australia to begin an adventure of a lifetime. It is hard to believe how quickly October is flying by! We are in the middle of one of our busiest times of the year. From weddings to fall family photos, there is plenty going on. Add in our Scare Away Hunger food drive and finalizing five weeks of work on the other side of the world, it’s amazing I am still functioning following weeks of little sleep.

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October 24, 2014 - 5:32 pm

Matthew Glassman - I’ve not been but would love to see Australia as well. Guess I’ll have to live vicariously. It was great to meet you and to have you photograph our little guy. Hope you get to do a harbour bridge tour when you are in Sydney.

Meet Hannah!


It is with pleasure that I introduce everyone to the newest member of Alycat’s Walkabout, Hannah Gray! Hannah will be joining me in Australia for the first leg of Alycat’s Walkabout this November, and I couldn’t be more excited!

I met Hannah several years ago after she transferred to my REI store. A Wisconsin native, Hannah moved to North Carolina after developing an interest in the healthcare industry. Being that we both worked in footwear/outwear, we got to know each other fairly quickly. Our work time chats eventually turned into this wonderful friendship.

Hannah was recently accepted into an incredible nursing program. Wanting to take advantage of her last few months of “freedom”, Hannah and I put together a plan that would allow her to join me in Australia. I can’t tell you how excited I am to have her joining me. Having an extra set of hands, as well as a travel companion, will make the first few weeks that much more enjoyable.

Please join me in welcoming Hannah!

November 6, 2014 - 4:21 am

Angela Ripley - I’m so happy that you’ve put together such a wonderful and meaningful trip! I think of you both often, and wish you all the best!