You often see beautiful photos of views etc, but often the places you take these from are not quite as scenic (nor romantic). We visited the Empire State building in the north american summer (i.e holiday period) and although it was amazing, it was very crowded. We still had an amazing time and got to see the amazing views. Crowds are often common at popular places but aren’t always seen in photos. Tip: Plan on going early so you can avoid the big crowds.
Our planned whale watching in Kaikoura, New Zealand was cancelled due to rough seas and wind. Unfortunately we couldn’t reschedule as we were literally there for the day before flying off to Queenstown. So we used the hand we were dealt and saw playground whales instead. Luckily we have been whale watching twice since in Australia and once in Canada where we saw lots of whales on all trips.
Tip: Riding whales in the playground is almost as fun as riding them in real life =)
Although many waterfalls flow fairly consistently throughout the year, some rely on rainfall or snow to melt to get the water flowing. Trentham Falls in Victoria, Australia is one such waterfall that relies on rain and lots of it. One weekend we were driving past Trentham and decided to stop in as we had never been there. It was slightly disappointing and although there was some flow it did not look anything like the pictures we had seen after heavy rain, it was still a nice walk. Also to get down to the waterfall and get a better view you have to go past the main track (shhh don’t tell anyone this secret!). Phil has since been back after some rainy days and there was a lot more water which equalled a better photo opportunity. If you want to make sure you will see water flowing at a waterfall before you go make sure you lookup times of year it flows and whether it needs rainfall.
Do you have any reality vs. expectations you want to share?
Until next (mis)adventure,