Month: February 2017

Explore & Inspire, Outdoor Education, Travel Tips & Ideas

Lake Mountain Alpine Resort in Summer


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Lake Mountain is known for its excellent cross country ski trails during the winter months but it has more to offer than just snow and tobogganing when the weather warms up. Only two hours from Melbourne, it’s a hit with skiers but these days has become more popular with bushwalkers and mountain bike riders. With over 30 kms of trails, that weave their way amongst the snowgums, the stunning heathland, the wild flowers and natural beauty of an alpine environment – there is something for everyone.

Helicopter Flat looking south

I’ve worked at this mountain as a professional ski guide and as a recreational skier since 1989 and I knew it inside out. But after the 2009 fires, I couldn’t visit Marysville let alone the mountain for some years. Fortunately, I made my way up to the mountain more recently and was pleasantly surprised by the infrastructure and regrowth that has happened in nine years. (more…)

Explore & Inspire, Living Simply, Outdoor Education

If not now, when?


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Care a little more.

Show up.

Embrace possibility.

Tell the truth.

Dive deeper.

Seek the truth behind the story.

Ask the difficult question.

Lend a hand.

Dance with fear.

Play the long game.

Say ‘no’ to hate.

Look for opportunities, especially when it seems like there aren’t any left.

Risk a bigger dream.

Take care of the little guy.

Offer a personal insight.

Build something magical.

Keep your promises.

Do work that matters.

Expect more.

Sign your work.

Be generous for no reason.

Give the benefit of the doubt.

Develop empathy.

Make your mom proud.

Take responsibility.

Give credit.

Play by a better set of rules.

Choose your customers.

Choose your reputation.

Choose your future.

Thank the ref.

Reward patience.

Leap.

Breathe.

Because we can.

It really is up to us. Which is great, because we’re capable of changing everything if we choose.

All we can do is all we can do, but maybe, all we can do is enough.

Credit to Seth Godin. You can find this on his blog here

Explore & Inspire, Markets, Op Shops, Secondhand

Salvos Little Shed Thrift Shop – Leopold, Geelong


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I’ve picked up a few bargains at this store over the years. It’s bigger than you think and in the warmer month, most people enter via the roller door shed into the furniture section. Here you’ll find couches, beds, mattresses, tables as well as frames, bric-a-brac and so on. 

The shop has an army of volunteers who work tirelessly to step up and assist the ongoing work of The Salvation Army.  All hail the volunteers as these places wouldn’t exist without them.

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Explore & Inspire, Markets, Op Shops, Secondhand

The Wave Baptist Church Op Shop – Ocean Grove


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This Op Shop is very popular with locals as well as tourist when they arrive in town and realise they’ve left the fitted sheets at home.

There are two parts to the Op Shop – the actually shop where there are clothes, jewellery books etc. and then a kind of shed to the right where the older stuff and items in less good condition are stored. Don’t let that put you off as there are bargains to be had in here.

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