Travel Tripod

As a photographer, I prefer to use a tripod for travel shots – particularly landscapes. For shots taken early in the morning, or late at night, having a solid platform to keep the camera steady for long exposures is a must.

Choosing a tripod can be a quite a personal thing for photographers. Everyone has their favourite style or brand.

I have a number of great tripods of different styles which are solid but mostly are pretty heavy as well as cumbersome.

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Our favourite travel gadget

The one thing that always finds a place in our bag is a compact bluetooth speaker.

We love to have a bit of sound playing in hotel rooms and cruise ship cabins (or balconies). It sets the mood for our holiday. They are also very handy in noisy rooms as we can play white noise to overcome sounds like road or corridor noise. We quite often fall asleep to the sounds of the ocean played through a phone.

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Technology for the plane trip

Well, we have a long plane trip coming up going to San Francisco.

We first have to travel to Sydney (Australia) and then after a layover, head off to the States. According to the trip plans, it is 2 hours to Sydney, 3 more hours on the ground there, and then 13.5 hours up to the California. Add some time in the airport at each end and in total we will be commuting for around 21 hours.

With all of that time to kill, I am going to need some serious tech to get me through.

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Things that interest us in San Francisco

Even though San Francisco is just a small part of the trip and with cities not being the focus, we are still keen to see quite a few things. It has been a lot of years since either of us have been there and we certainly want to discover some new things together.

We have not nailed down what we are going to see or in what order. There are a few items on the list which are ‘must sees’ but the rest we will sneek in as/when we can. Getting from place to place is probably going to be the hardest thing for us. We don’t plan on using much public transport but rather rely on Lyft services or walking between adjacent highlights.

There are quite a few things that we want to see in San Francisco. Among them are the following in no particular order.

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2017 Western USA National Parks Itinerary

Date Location
27/5/2017 Sat
28/5/2017 Sun
29/5/2017 Mon
San Fransisco, CA
30/5/2017 Tue
Three Rivers, CA
31/5/2017 Wed
1/6/2017 Thu
Oakhurst, CA
2/6/2017 Fri
Bridgeport, CA
3/6/2017 Sat
4/6/2017 Sun
Reno, NV
5/6/2017 Mon
Jackpot, NV
6/6/2017 Tue
7/6/2017 Wed
Jackson, WY
8/6/2017 Thu
9/6/2017 Fri
West Yellowstone, WY
10/6/2017 Sat
Cody, WY
11/6/2017 Sun
Great Falls, MT
12/6/2017 Mon
13/6/2017 Tue
14/6/2017 Wed
Bear Creek Ranch,
East Glacier Park Village, MT
15/6/2017 Thu
Whitefish, MT
16/6/2017 Fri
Spokane, WA
17/6/2017 Sat
18/6/2017 Sun
Hood River, OR
19/6/2017 Mon
Klamath Falls OR
20/6/2017 Tue
21/6/2017 Wed
Calistoga (Napa), CA
22/6/2017 Thu
Flight back home from SFO


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Welcome Harley


We are so happy to now be looking after a new dog which is undergoing Guide Dog training.

The new pup is named ‘Harley’ and expected to be with us for the next 5-6 months as he undergoes daily training.  He has settled into his new temporary home quite well.  He is constantly making us smile.

Harley is a affectionate and gentle pup with a bright future.  He will soon be helping out a vision impaired client.


USA Trip coming up soon!

We are headed back to the States during the months of May and June.  Apparently, there is a ‘significant’ birthday to celebrate whilst away.

We are starting to get excited – and just a little stressed about things yet to organise & prepare.

The last minute trip plans are coming together.   Julie is spending the day looking at the areas of San Francisco that we should be seeing and putting a comprehensive list of notes together.

Over the next few days, I will be adding content to this site with the complete plan.