Memories of Minnie

Minnie died a couple of days ago. After thousands of great days with Minnie, this day was the inevitable one bad day that is part of the deal of sharing your life with a dog. Minnie was part of our family for just under 17 years. She arrived as a small puppy to provide company … Continue reading Memories of Minnie

Hang gliding over the Great Ocean Road coast

Spion Kop, a few kms west of Aireys Inlet on the Great Ocean Road (in Victoria, Australia), is a well established launch site for hang gliders and paragliders. It is located at the low end of a ridge (160 feet above sea level) near where Moggs Creek flows across the beach into the sea. It's … Continue reading Hang gliding over the Great Ocean Road coast

In a place surrounded by natural beauty

The beauty of the natural world is on full display at every turn in the Apollo Bay area. These photos were all taken over the last few weeks within a few kms of my home. The photos of the moonset and the koala in the tree were taken from my back deck. The easterly winds … Continue reading In a place surrounded by natural beauty

My First Soaring Flight after a 12 year break from Hang Gliding

The first time my feet left the ground with a hang glider above me was in December 1978. Over the years I have enjoyed some long periods of frequent hang gliding, and I have also had some protracted breaks from the sport for various reasons. My most recent break from hang gliding lasted 12 years. … Continue reading My First Soaring Flight after a 12 year break from Hang Gliding

Advice to Andrew upon obtaining his Motorcycle Licence

This post was written for my young nephew Andrew in 2017 immediately after he rejected my advice to wait a few years before obtaining his motorcycle licence. He went ahead and got his licence and bought a motorbike. He is currently riding a BMW R1200GS (his third motorbike). His commercial flying career, which is alluded … Continue reading Advice to Andrew upon obtaining his Motorcycle Licence