Frankfurt, Germany | August 21, 2005
Nürnberg, Germany | August 22, 2005
Füssen, Germany | August 25, 2005
Graz, Austria | August 26, 2005
Pliskovica, Slovenija | August 28, 2005
Maribor, Slovenija | August 29, 2005
Ljubljana, Slovenija | August 30, 2005
Zagreb, Croatia | August 31, 2005
Split, Croatia | September 4, 2005
Korčula, Croatia | September 7, 2005
Dubrovnik, Croatia | September 8, 2005
Sofia, Bulgaria | September 10, 2005
Plovdiv, Bulgaria | September 12, 2005
Istanbul, Turkey | September 14, 2005
Selçuk, Turkey | September 20, 2005
Samos, Greece | September 25, 2005
Naxos, Greece | September 27, 2005
Santorini, Greece | September 29, 2005
Crete, Greece | October 3, 2005
Rome, Italy | October 7, 2005
Ales, France | October 10, 2005
Chamonix, France | October 18, 2005
Paris, France | October 21, 2005
Delhi, India | October 27, 2005
Mcleod Ganj, India | October 30, 2005
Rishikesh, India | November 7, 2005
Varanasi, India | November 12, 2005
Agra, India | November 15, 2005
Bharatpur, India | November 17, 2005
Delhi (Paharaganj), India | November 18, 2005
Bangkok, Thailand | November, 20 2005
Chiang Mai, Thailand | November 22, 2005
Pai, Thailand | November 25, 2005
Amed, Bali | November 30, 2005
Canberra, Australia | December 6, 2005
Holidays Point, Australia | December 14, 2005
Port Maquarie, Australia | December 15, 2005
Noosa Heads, Australia | December 18, 2005
Coolangatta, Australia | December 28, 2005
Sydney Airport, Australia | December 30, 2005
Nadi, Fiji | December 31, 2005
Boulder, CO | January 4, 2006

Noosa Heads, Australia

December 18, 2005

Now this feels like a vacation!

We're hanging out in Noosa Heads with the family. It's great to see everyone and spend some time just relaxing. We're going to head up the coast tomorrow and go out to see the Great Barrier Reef.

Not much else to report. Things are good.

Love to everyone,

December 19, 2005

Still hanging out in Noosa. Rented a boat today and we all tooled around the bay, went swimming, watched the pelicans, and Obie tried to surf behind the boat (not too successful). Nap time now.

Hope everyone is well!

December 21, 2005

Yes, we're still hanging out in Noosa Heads enjoying the sun, surf and relaxation. We've been body surfing and boogie boarding while Obie surfs. Nichole caught her first wave body surfing the other day! So cool. We've had yummy Aussie fish and chips, and "burgers with the works" (burger, fried egg, and beet root). There's parrots, koalas, pelicans, manta rays, and all sorts of cool wildlife here. Generally it's been a really layed back bunch of days. Cooper is so cute!

Happy holidays to everyone, we miss you all!

December 24, 2005

Hey all! We are loving just kicking back in Noosa and not planning the whole day out and just rolling like the waves outside our place. Four months of traveling will do that to you and we've stopped feeling like we should "be doing something". Yesterday we slept in a little (9:45!), got some iced coffees at "our" local coffee shop and then headed out to hills around Noosa to visit the Chenrezig Institute about 45 minutes away. It is a beautiful Tibetan Buddist center in the hills (they call them mountains but Luke won't *wink*) where 22 nuns and 7 monks live. It was a great place to visit with the dense forest cutting the hot, northern sun of the Australian summer. Beautiful prayer flags waving to us and path that lead us past prayer wheels, small shrines where people before us had left offerings and then final up to a small Gompa that was open for us to wander through and to sit quietly for a while before heading to our next order of fun -- the Kondalilla Falls and National Park.

This park had great paths that lead us through *Beautiful* trees. Huge, old blackbutt gum trees drop their curling, paper thin bark in long sheets and everything shoots to the sky to get some sunshine. The canopy was really stunning! We hiked a few km to get to the cool pools that feed the main Kondalilla Falls. See the pictures for that. It was just Luke and I, a few others on their way out of the park, a wayward bush turkey and a canopy full of cicadas. At points when the cicadas were chirping (for lack of a better word) we could actually feel our inner ears vibrating! It was beautiful in the forest and just the peaceful spot we were looking for.

Last night after meeting up with Giff, Midra, Obie, Shelbey and a sleeping Cooper for a beachside dinner, Luke and I grabbed our swimsuits and headed for the beach below our place for a night swim and some body surfing. The waves were great and we managed to catch quite a few, riding them to the shore. I got tossed around too and managed to swallow more sea water than I would have liked to! The ocean is SO dark at night and it takes some getting used to. The sky was clear and though the moon had already passed us by, the stars were bright in the sky.

We have a few more days here in Noosa with the Luke's family before heading out on our own again. We will be snorkling and taking a day-long tour of the Great Barrier Reef near the Town Of 1770 on December 27. We are looking forward to that!

Our trip is nearly over and it is hard to believe that we will be home in about 2 weeks yet we still have one more country to see parts of before we do. Fiji!! Our lovely and generous wedding cater, Kim, is hooking us up with her local connections there so we will have a authentic Fijian experience before heading back to snowy Boulder.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you all. We are so glad to share this magical experience and adventure with all of you.


Nichole and Luke

From: MOM

the pictures of the sunset are spectacular!! Thanks for sending them.

From: Kim and Jeff and the girls

Hey guys, Just wanted to wish you all the best Christmas ever. We miss you.

From: Harry and Nicole

We just got the word about this site. It is wonderful! I am so happy thinking of you starting your marriage with such vision and spirit. We loved being at your wedding. Love Ya.

From: mcfly

boulder... not so snowy. it was 60 yesterday. but the mountains have a boatload. went to the basin today. they called in 2 but it was more like 6 with tons of blow in. the spine was buttery. looking forward to your return! gotta get nichole back in tele form!

From: Heather

Nice Christmas mohawk! Yep, not so snowy - it's a Boulder spring. The trees are actually budding, hee hee. Here's to six (six, really?) years of love and joy and growth - I'll say hello to Spruce street for you both. Happy New Year! Love to you...

comment ability disabled to prevent spam until I can figure a way to block it. Sorry.
Email us if you want to leave a message: rtw (at) elevation9600 . com