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Conversations on the road IV

AUSTRALIA | Saturday, 3 May 2008 | Views [940] | Comments [4]

(from Karumba to Ravenshoe) Jett – Al- bert is a twanger. Albert is a twanger. Albert – Grover says YOU’re a twanger. Jett – Grover can’t talk. He’s a toy. Albert – Exactly! Imagine! He’s a toy and ... Read more >

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ANZAC outback

AUSTRALIA | Saturday, 3 May 2008 | Views [1341]

What’s ANZAC day all about? It seems to be different for everyone. It depends on what and who you know and where you’re from. I remember marching when I was under 6, drumming in the early morning parade for the local RSL. You ... Read more >

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What we like about living in the van

AUSTRALIA | Saturday, 3 May 2008 | Views [2823] | Comments [5]

Jett I like going to the pools and I liked the rockpool swimming. I like to play bus driver in the front, in Albert’s seat, and sometimes truck driver. I like to stand up in the back when the van is moving. I like to come ... Read more >

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Coming to terms with our shared history

AUSTRALIA | Saturday, 3 May 2008 | Views [967]

This road trip has torn open many festering wounds for me. Of course, to get the wound clean, you’ve got to operate. But its painful meanwhile. When I’m looking for inspiration, I turn my face up and just let the question go out there.... Read more >

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Mt Isa - self proclaimed out back paradise

AUSTRALIA | Saturday, 3 May 2008 | Views [2110] | Comments [4]

Mt Isa – we hit the 3000 kilometres of our journey. Mining, the best Tourist Centre we’ve come across, ‘nobody cares, its just about the mines here’, and the Tent house. We approached the Isa from the West.   We’ve noticed a distinct lack of friendly ... Read more >

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If eagles could talk

AUSTRALIA | Saturday, 3 May 2008 | Views [1024] | Comments [1]

Albert breaks and swerves to avoid a soaring eagle.   ‘They fly in an absolute random way.’ We are driving along the Matilda Hwy from Cloncurry to Karumba. We have the rising sun directly to the left. I can still envisage the ... Read more >

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Memorable Meetings

AUSTRALIA | Saturday, 26 Apr 2008 | Views [1443] | Comments [4]

Our first Road Train Truck Driver (who never gave us his name). We were on our way to Litchfield during the late evening, and had stopped off at a blue P. We’d just finished a cup of coffee, when in pulled a road train hauling wide pipes. The ... Read more >

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In the midst of an unhappy love affair

AUSTRALIA | Saturday, 26 Apr 2008 | Views [1492] | Comments [2]

I left Australia when I was 25. Happy to be rid of the problems I had no experience to try to face. I was too sensitive. I was passionate and angry and had no patience for the real work, for the real caring that a place like this needs. I came back ... Read more >

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Kakadu through to Tennant Creek - some stuff

AUSTRALIA | Saturday, 26 Apr 2008 | Views [3105] | Comments [4]

Every man and their dog seems to be along for the ride. Its early in the season, but there are quite a few travellers out and about.   Daily We’re up and away every day before 9am. (Amazing for Albert who is a natural night ... Read more >

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Conversations on the Road III

AUSTRALIA | Saturday, 26 Apr 2008 | Views [813] | Comments [6]

(from Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) to Tennant Creek and Mt Isa)   Jett – Mum, I’d really like to be a police man, but I don’t want to have to do what they do. I don’t want to be in danger. And I like firemen too, but I don’t want to have ... Read more >

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Mataranka, NT

AUSTRALIA | Saturday, 26 Apr 2008 | Views [854]

The Homestead Pools They reminded me of roman baths in Europe. To get to them, you need to traverse through the homestead grounds and bar. They advertise with little signs along the way about suggestions for your money. The waters were, on the ... Read more >

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Blood on the sand

AUSTRALIA | Saturday, 26 Apr 2008 | Views [568]

The swooping sadness of the sign posted landscape points me to the long shadow of the past. Dense red earth with the living memory of hooves decorated with empty bottles of beer lying like glitter to our eyes in the passing van. ... Read more >

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Nitmiluk, a National Park?

AUSTRALIA | Monday, 21 Apr 2008 | Views [736]

Nitmiluk is the Jawoyn name for Katherine Gorge. The surrounding land was given back to the traditional caretakers in 1989. The information center highlights the European impact upon the Jawoyn. First of all, its true. The gorge ... Read more >

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Conversations on the Road II

AUSTRALIA | Monday, 21 Apr 2008 | Views [959] | Comments [4]

(From Darwin to Katherine in the Ambassador Van – otherwise entitled ‘How prolonged hours of enforced family time makes the mind melt like molten mucus’) New Product Ideas Tiffany with slightly crazed laughter, (after ... Read more >

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Lonely Planet Great Guidebook Moment - Windows on the wetlands

AUSTRALIA | Monday, 21 Apr 2008 | Views [1494] | Comments [4]

Windows on the wetlands is, in fact, a modern two story building with a viewing platform of the wetlands area. But it’s a cool title to the beginning of our journey to Kakadu, too. The information centre is a must if you have children. Jett ... Read more >

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Fun stuff we heard or saw or thought about along the way

AUSTRALIA | Monday, 21 Apr 2008 | Views [793]

Brisbane Airport - ‘Mum, please don’t cackle. Its unnerving.’ Brisbane Airport (about our plane and slight delay) – ‘Your plane has an engineering problem’ (ha! Good one!!! Yeah, right! Are they actually allowed to say that??? As a legitimate ... Read more >

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Yoga in the wetlands

AUSTRALIA | Monday, 21 Apr 2008 | Views [620]

We slept the night near the Adelaide River crossing, on our drive east to Kakadu. We’d left Darwin later than we’d intended, and camped in a P along the way. There was a 4 wheel drive already there when we arrived at 12. I awoke at ... Read more >

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Sweat, blood and tears in Litchfield, NT

AUSTRALIA | Monday, 14 Apr 2008 | Views [1822] | Comments [4]

It seems ‘outback’, but its just over 100 kilometers from Darwin. Litchfield National Park is visited by overseas travellers and Australian’s alike.   Its more accessible than Kakadu (roads being subject to the flooding and damage of the ... Read more >

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Tears and Detox (Early days on the road with Jett)

AUSTRALIA | Monday, 14 Apr 2008 | Views [1766] | Comments [3]

Child Star Shirley Temple’s mother is reputed to say ‘shine, Shirley, shine’ when the child star was dancing, singing or posing for photos. We had our first moment of director/model conflict at the Brisbane airport. We wanted ... Read more >

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Our first day!

AUSTRALIA | Thursday, 10 Apr 2008 | Views [1207] | Comments [7]

The van is just a doll. As glamorous as it looks in the pictures. Let us send out our last goodbyes to the HussyHicks. Farewell, farewell. And thank you for the music. We feel the presence of all of the previous crews with us during these ... Read more >

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