When we heard that Bali was a short, inexpensive flight from Western Australia, we were intrigued. And not deterred by the statement that it was full of Aussie tourists getting drunk on cheap beer.
The temple Tirta Empul is one of Bali’s most revered water temples. Here people with both physical and emotional afflictions can come to make offerings, pray and bathe.
The Southern Cross Wildflowers in Porongurup National Park in Australia were tiny but gorgeous. The whole of the Porongurup Range is filled with a dizzying array of magnificent wildflowers.
The weather in Bali in January is hot and humid during the day. There are frequent rain showers. At night however it cools off and once the breeze picks up, is quite comfortable for sleeping.
Located in the mountains of Central Bali in the Bedugul region, Lake Beratan is considered a holy place by the Balinese and is a major water source for all of Bali.
Two women from the wildlife sanctuary had baby kangaroos in their apron pockets and Laurie got to pet one. They rescue the orphans and raise them til they can be released into the bush.
In Bali, farmers use gas driven plows, looking like giant lawnmowers, to till a muddy rice field. White egrets follow them around, eating the small creatures that are unearthed.
This woman working in the rice fields arrested my eye with themy shape her body made as she bent in the vibrant green rice field in her tangerine colored clothing.
Fava Beans, called Broad Beans in Australia take a bit of cooking for them to be tasty. With a little bit of effort, we learned to enjoy this prodigious garden bean.
After a ten minute conversation with the homeowners, we took our first flight to the other side of the world on August 1, 2013, to house and pet sit in a town of about 1300 Australians called Kendenup.
Welcome to the Joyful Journeying Photo Journal
We have been traveling almost continuously since April 2013. We have traveled across the United States and Canada, in Southeast Asia, Oceana and Central America.
Our travels lead us to discover so many wonderful places and we have so many great adventures. Along the way, we have learned how to travel extensively on our meager budget. We write about our adventures and assist others in realizing their travel dreams on our blog JoyfulJourneying.com.
We hope these images encourage you to see more of what this amazing planet has to offer!
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We had the opportunity to return to the pueblo magico, Patzcuaro, Michoacan, Mexico for a lovely house sit. In December we had a splendid time watching the daily transformation of the Plaza Grande into a Christmas wonderland of giant figures.
We had been jonesin’ for some pizza in Australia and the frozen stuff there tastes like cardboard. Fortunately, the homeowners in Kendenup, WA, had an old bread machine.
Our tuk-tuk driver calmly squeezes into the impossibly narrow space, avoids the dog sleeping in the lane, then jogs hard left, missing by millimeters the old women walking two abreast with baskets on their heads.
The Petroglyph Complex near Chacala, Nayarit, Mexico is a unique and humbling experience. See amazing stone carvings from ancient times, a hike through natural beauty and an unbelievable waterfall among immense boulders.
The central coast of Maine is known for it’s many picturesque beaches. Many of these beaches border the long necks that jut out into the ocean and are very rocky.
Near Portland, OR, the Columbia River flows though the Columbia River Gorge, a canyon