Oct 13, 2016

The World of Banana Benders

I wish I could see that again for the first time


Famous fountain of Paronella Park, no pumps needed, gravity fed only
Tennis courts to the right, bath house and changing room on the left

The Queensland area is so vast we decided to use the fairly central area of Cairns as our pivot point to travel to and from the various areas of this beautiful region.  We first visited the southern parts then headed north.  We also drove slightly inland (west) until we saw a much dryer area, even though it wasn’t the desert yet. 

Oct 9, 2016

Budgie Smuggler Hiding a Wedding Tackle

Prejudice is an emotional commitment to ignorance

Nathan Rutstein

From the bridge looking down over Opera House and Sydney
I love the colorful way Australians speak, hence the title of this post.  This is one of the expressions our host Natalie taught us while in Sydney.  We were talking about swimming at the Ironman and in general.  Aussies all seem natural swimmers (and who wouldn’t be with so many amazing beaches to choose from).  A Budgie Smuggler is a Speedo, A Wedding Tackle is the male part hidden (sort of) in the Speedo…

Oct 8, 2016

Hey Matie Bag Your Brolly and Visit Batmania or Smellbourne…

Arrive Curious, Leave Inspired

Motto seen around Australia

Even wet - the city is beautiful at night.
We drove a few remarkably picturesque loops before heading down to Melbourne and Sydney.  From gorgeous farmlands dotted with ponds to majestic novel trees, some a tad dangerous so beware, it was a beautiful new scenery at each turn of the roadway. 

Oct 7, 2016

Kangaroos, Wallaroos, Wallabies, Pademelons, and Water Willies

Once upon a time is now


Rainbow Beach on our way to Fraser Island
One week to play with the kids and grandkids before their return home.

Oct 5, 2016

Down Under, a Good Way to Be

Your body is not a temple
It’s an amusement park
Enjoy the ride

Anthony Bourdain

Queensland amazing and ancient wet rain forest - Not our picture of Australia in the least
Australia is stunning yet not exactly what we had anticipated.  The areas we visited we very green and luscious, unlike the parched desert it is often characterized as (think Uluru [or Ayers] rock much further inland).