A Few Simple Lessons Learned While Backpacking in Australia

13Tennis_Jessica_DulzI have always considered myself somewhat “outdoorsy,” but I never really had the opportunity to take an extended trip in which most nights were spent sleeping in a tent or under nothing more than the empty sky. I decided that a trip to Australia’s East Coast would be an ideal place to make an honest attempt at a relatively lengthy backpacking trip, and I am happy to report that I learned so much during my travels and am already looking forward to my next backpacking trip.

On my second day in Australia, I began walking a trail that I would follow for the majority of the coastal route I had outlined. I met a lot of wonderful characters along the way, including a runner named Stuart Lyall who helped me gather up my things after I tipped over from the unevenly distributed weight in my pack. I also met a few other backpackers who joined me for long stretches of the trip and were incredibly kind in sharing so many interesting stories to help pass the time.

I spent a total of 20 days on the trail without giving in to the temptation to wander off and find a hotel for the night. Even during a rare downpour I felt so grateful for the opportunity to experience nature in this way, and I urge anyone who has ever considered a backpacking trip to start making plans today! It doesn’t have to be some far-off land like Australia to be an enjoyable or thrilling experience, as a number of the Australians I met during my trip had just as much fun while walking the Appalachian Trail or the Pacific Crest Trail.

Michele Frazier Being a Teacher

Let’s place a quick game, shall we? I never stop doing homework. I am responsible for the advancement of lives, particularly in young ones. I have early mornings and long nights. I have roughly 14 children. What am I? I am a teacher and I love it!

I have been a teacher for as long as a remember, but more specifically it was around 10 years ago when I signed, “Michele Frazier” on the line to confirm my oath to serve my community in one of the biggest ways possible—being a teacher to many innocent young. I’ll need to eventually bring my roadtrips to a close soon because I’m missing my students. I’m taking advantage of this time off.

Being a teacher is one of those things you don’t just learn, you have to have it. Of course, you still have to go to school for it and I can promise you that passion to be a teacher will triumph over talent to be a teacher every time. The one who has the passion and the desire to see their goal through will succeed.

Home Sick? What is Home Sick?

We have been gone from home for about a month. This is crazy! Time had really flown and it just reminds us why we are taking this epic adventure. It’s because life is here and gone in a flash, you blink and it’s gone. Rather than staying home, my husband and I decided to take to the road to experience life and the world as it was given to us.

Although traveling is so much fun, we are starting to miss our home Nebraska as well as our friends and family. The plan is to probably go home for a little while and take care of chores. I’m sure the gross is most definitely beyond our knees now. We still want to travel. Next we are going West!

The Wondrous Adventures of Michele Lynn Frazier is Catching Light!

It seems my adventures, which I have named, “The Wondrous Adventures of Michele Lynn Frazier” has gotten to a few people and I am starting to get recognized. A woman came up to me while my husband and I were sitting in the lobby of our hotel eating breakfast and she says, “Are you Michele Frazier? You look familiar. I’ve been following this travel and adventure blog and you look like just like her!”

To be honest, I wasn’t expecting any publicity, but having it is kind of nice. It’s good to know that people are entertained by my traveling stories and adventures. Stay tuned because there is more to come!

Too Much Food! I Never Thought It Were Possible.

Guys and girls, if you haven’t been to NYC then you must seriously go! This place is filled with everything! I know I say that about other places, but this is the real deal. I don’t think I’ll be able to eat at every establishment like I had planned. One of the friend I have met while being here has told me that there are so many places to eat in NYC that you could eat at a different place every day for the rest of your life and still not have eaten everywhere in the city. That is unreal to fathom!

NYC, Ready or Not Here I Come!

We are close! We are so stinkin’ close we can smell the pollution from this massive bridge and we can see the line of tall skyscrapers and corporate buildings. It’s really a beautiful sight, especially when the morning sun hits those buildings and clouds just right.

One thing I want to do is go shopping in every store and eat from every famous restaurant. I’m not sure how realistic it is, but it is definitely on my to-do list. We shall see how much we accomplish in the coming days!  

On The Way To New York, But Why?

This trip is going to be longer than I thought. Yeah, we could have made it in one day, but we decided to just enjoy the journey and kind of stretch it out a bit. We skipped a lot of states on purpose such as Maryland, for obvious reasons, as well as Massachusetts, again for obvious reasons, and perhaps a few more.

New York was the obvious answer for me as the next place to visit because I love history, I love meeting lots of people and what is the one place that has all that? New York City!