Bucket List: Play an Escape Room + Tips and Tricks for Your First Escape Room

The Escape Hunt image cover the The Deadly Discovery game

Escape rooms have in recent years become all the rage, and for obvious reasons. Not only is it a great social activity, it’s like playing a 3D board game. My friends and I recently decided to give it a go as part of my 2020 birthday celebrations and we had a ball.

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Trephina Gorge Ridge Top Walk and Chain of Ponds

Chasing Emma at the Trephina Gorge Ridgetop Walk Lookout

The wind had a bite to it.

It had kicked up the night before after we’d set up camp at the Trephina Gorge camp site and sent us in retreat to our tents for an abnormally early night, but I guess the copious amounts of wine and cheese also contributed to this. Nevertheless, we were committed to our mission. There are a number of short day hikes available at Trephina Gorge. Infact, we’d done the 2km Trephina Gorge Walk the evening before to admire the scenery. Today we were going to do the Ridgetop Walk and half of the Chain of Ponds Walk. A total of close to 19km. I wasn’t feeling fear exactly, but I was nervous.

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Bucket List: Experience the Magic of Rainbow Valley

Rainbow Valley as the sunsets

“How many people do you think will be camping there?” H asked as we turned off the highway and onto the red corregated road.

“I think there will be five” I said hoping Murphy’s law would be on our side and we would instead be blessed with an empty camp suite.

“I think there will be two others” T said.

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Hiking Bridle Path Lookout in New Boots

My heels were really starting to sting and I could feel the sweat trickling down my spine. Over the past half hour my strides had shortened to something akin to a shuffle and my rest stops became more frequent. I could see the end point and the 4km marker indicating I only had another 900 metres before I reached the goal of my hike. I gritted my teeth and pushed on.

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Should you go White Water Rafting in Bali?

Did I hear that right? I thought to myself when my friend first suggested it. White water rafting in Bali? I suppose it makes sense. They get a lot of rain every year and there are many rivers and waterfalls so why shouldn’t there be white water rafting.

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Dear Future Self

“How many crossroads are you allowed to have in life? I seem to have a lot of crossroads. I think maybe I crossed back across the same road too often.” – Queen Latifah

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Travel Throwback: My First Overseas Trip

One of the few photos of me in East Timor that survive to this day.

Prior to 2010 I had never been overseas. As someone who had grown up in a family where money was sometimes (actually, kinda often) tight, overseas travel was not something that I’d experienced. Because of this, I didn’t even have any real dreams or desires for overseas travel. It didn’t really exist to me.

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Bucket List: Make Origami + tips and tricks

Bucket List: Make Origami, www.chasing-emma.com

This is probably one of my more unusual bucket list items, but I personally find origami to be a rather amazing and beautiful art, especially if it is done with beautiful paper. As a teacher I’d thought creating origami was going to be a great and easy activity to assign my students one chaotic Friday afternoon, but boy was I wrong. Origami is deceptively difficult.

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Exploring Schönbrunn Palace and Gardens

The Orangerie Schönbrunn Palace, Chasing Emma

If you’re anything like me, you’ve never heard of Schönbrunn Palace and Gardens, colloquially known as the Summer Palace. But trust me, you should definitely know about it and it should be on the top of your to do list the next time you’re in Austria.

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Bucket List: Ghost Hunting

The front view of Z Ward, Adelaide

Do you have someone in your life who is hard to buy for? It was this exact dilemma that lead me to search for Adelaide experience packages that I could gift instead. After cycling through the ‘normal’ experience packages in Adelaide (think: luxury car hire, wine tasting, hot air ballooning) I eventually stumbled across the website for Adelaide’s Haunted Horizons and was instantly intrigued as they not only offered ghost tours of various sites, but they also offered ghost hunts. Being a non-believer but a complete scardy cat I thought, why not?

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