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Old Friends, New Friends

Saturday, 7 Jul 2012 | Views [1427]

The temperature was 45 degrees Celsius, 115F, as our old Ford slowed to a halt in the Outback near Ayers Rock, December 31, 2004.  Vapor lock in the middle of nowhere, when "BEV555" stopped to see if we needed help.  Turned out we were OK, ... Read more >

Full Circle

Saturday, 30 Jun 2012 | Views [804]

I can tell our time in Australia is coming to an end; Connie has out the maps of Scandinavia.  We always start thinking about the next place, where to go and what to see, before we have finished up where we are. We have come full circle in Australia.... Read more >

How Sweet It Is

Wednesday, 27 Jun 2012 | Views [1058]

Sugar is big business in coastal Queensland.  Lots of rain and warm sunshine make it the sweetest sugar around.  The seemingly endless fields are ready for harvesting and the smell of burning sugar, like toasted marshmallows, fills the air. Cutting ... Read more >

And Now For the Weather

Monday, 25 Jun 2012 | Views [763]

"Today we will have sunny skies with light offshore winds and temperatures topping at 24 degrees Celsius.  Today's forecast is brought to you by the Mission Beach Chamber of Commerce, and has bears no relation to actual meteorologic conditions.... Read more >

Waterfalls and Cassowaries

Friday, 22 Jun 2012 | Views [2215]

The Atherton Tablelands have been shrouded in fog for two days.  This is a land of waterfalls and rainforests, rolling hills and dairy farms.  Sometimes it seems more like Wisconsin or Vermont than Australia.  Ravenshoe, Queensland's highest town at ... Read more >

The Great Barrier Reef

Monday, 18 Jun 2012 | Views [2215]

Snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef is a nice way to spend a birthday.  And we are happy to report that it appears to be healthy, at least the bit we visited.   It's a truly special place but I get annoyed when the Great Barrier Reef is described as ... Read more >

Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow

Sunday, 17 Jun 2012 | Views [872]

My watch, an old Suunto, has a function that tells how far above sea level you are.  It can also count the number of ski runs you have done and calculate the total downhill distance.  Another function gives the barometric pressure, useful for predicting ... Read more >

Where the Pavement Ends

Thursday, 14 Jun 2012 | Views [1304]

They say "bitumen" here, with the accent on the first syllable.  But whether you call it macadam, asphalt, or blacktop, it all ends here at Cooktown.   Cooktown is named for its most famous visitor, Captain James Cook, who landed here in ... Read more >

Wetlands and Waterfalls

Saturday, 9 Jun 2012 | Views [1443]

Ingham wasn't a planned stop on the road from Townsville to Cairns.  The Tyto Wetlands lured us in, the waterfalls kept us around.  There is so much to see around the area we decided to spend a couple of days visiting.  And birding.  Truth be told, ... Read more >

Grey Nomads

Wednesday, 6 Jun 2012 | Views [1991]

We have joined up with a fringe of Australian society, the "Grey Nomads," people of a "certain age" who spend a goodly part of the year traveling around Oz in their caravans, spending their kids' inheritance.  Many are retired, ... Read more >

Outback Queensland: Longreach to Mt. Isa

Monday, 4 Jun 2012 | Views [7173]

As we drive through Queensland's Outback I wonder where are all of the animals.  Except for the "Jump-ups," those low mesas, and the hills between Cloncurry and Mt. Isa, this could be the savannah of the Serengeti.  Or Kenya's Masai Mara.... Read more >

Precious Gems

Wednesday, 30 May 2012 | Views [955]

There are no emeralds in Emerald.  But it is a good place to stock up for travel north on the Capricorn Highway.  And Emerald is home to the world's largest copy of Vincent Van Gogh's Sunflowers,  a billboard-sized reproduction next to the information ... Read more >

Carnarvon Gorge

Monday, 28 May 2012 | Views [1170]

It's miles and miles from Miles to Carnarvon National Park.  All but the last 14 km are paved but there are several streams one must ford.  The water was less than a foot deep today, but I can see how it could be a problem after a storm. The Takarakka ... Read more >

Bunya Mountains National Park

Saturday, 26 May 2012 | Views [1177]

Queensland is the land of sun, surf and the Great Barrier Reef.  But we are at 1000 meters in Bunya National Park in the interior of Queensland, which is an Equus caballus of a completely different hue. First of all it rained all day and most of ... Read more >

Back to Brisbane

Thursday, 24 May 2012 | Views [785]

As we were debating whether to spend our last day in Vanuatu cruising around the island in a rental car or sailing to one of the offshore islands, Connie started feeling ill.  Food poisoning, stomach flu, Mele's Revenge?  Whatever, we stayed close to ... Read more >

Photos: Queensland

Sunday, 20 May 2012 | Photo Gallery

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Ted and Shirley

Friday, 18 May 2012 | Views [762]

Just before Christmas in 2004 we set up our tent on a shaded site in the nearly deserted Malacoota campground in New South Wales.  Incredibly, a caravan pulled in and set up right beside us, ignoring the hundreds of vacant sites.  "How long are ... Read more >

Water Lily Dreams

Wednesday, 16 May 2012 | Views [1806]

The floor of Darwin International Airport is carpeted.  Giant water lilies, very Monet-esque float upon blue-green water.  Attractive, yes but it doesn't make for a good mattress or a good night's sleep! We arrived at the airport and settled in for ... Read more >

Litchfield National Park

Saturday, 12 May 2012 | Views [1990]

"Litchfield Do, Kaka Don't," is the mantra of Darwiners (or Darwinians or Darwinites or whatever they call themselves) when it comes to distant Kakadu National Park v. nearer Litchfield.  Even our disappointing Rough Guide quotes the advice.... Read more >

WARNING! Towns On The Map May Be Smaller Than They Appear

Thursday, 10 May 2012 | Views [951]

Cooinda, Mary River and Pine Creek are prominently shown on our NT map.  Like Burma Shave limericks without the punch-line, signs announcing their approach - "Pine Creek 201kms," "Mary River 90kms" - line the roadside.  Signs and ... Read more >

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