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Old 12-23-2012, 03:45 PM   #196
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That sounds and looks like a great day, Pete. So glad you enjoyed the reef.

Despite not having that much colour, the coral and the fish looked great.


Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you too.

Thank you. For a $60 Kodak Easyshare, the little camera took decent underwater pictures (the really good ones of us were with the "photopass" guy). And actually the video was even more impressive. Someday I'll get it up.

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Those pictures of the Reef are GORGEOUS! What an incredible experience! I'm glad I got to experience it through your pictures because I think that boat ride would have done me in from the very beginning!! At least you both remembered to take some Dramamine. I forgot on our trip to Hawaii and I spent the whole time sick on the boat. Not a fun moment!

Your DD looks like she's having an absolute blast. What an incredible experience for her to take with her. What a thing to take in on the first day of school for "What did you do over the summer?" Oh, you know, just went to Australia and snorkeled in the Great Barrier Reef...
There was another girl in her class that had gone to England, but I think she still "won" that contest!

The dramamine was a must. The waves on the way back in were ridiculous, the whole boat would've been up-chucking I think.

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The reef is always is fantastic-the reef off Cairns is much closer-can't remember maybe an hour's ride and they have a big pontoon there you can spend the day on, eat lunch on there etc. Our first reef visit was the Whitsundays on our honeymoon though -back then it was a small boat and we had to get up at 5am coincidently on the day that was also my birthday! The whole day stays in my memory as one of my best days ever as it continued to a seafood buffet and show at the resort that night and a midnight boat ride to take the visitors from Airlie Beach who had come out for the dinner package back to the mainland. One drunk fell overboard so that added some excitement. Luckily the boat turned quickly enough and we picked him up! For us then it was a quiet boat ride back to the island under a full moon.

Hope you and your family have a wonderful Xmas and best wishes for 2013.

(We have spent the day organising DD's 21st party tonight-BBQ at our place- something you have a while to go til you get to experience!)
I forgot to mention, since we had met up with the lady that worked for the company, she showed us where they had guest rooms on the pontoon that you could stay overnight, where you would get private night swimming sessions as well as a gourmet meal in the underwater viewing room. (You could also helicopter out instead of taking the boat.) Not sure of the price of that, but "pretty expensive" is the likely price range.

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Awesome!! So glad you all enjoyed your day!!
We really, really did!

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Hey Pete

That looked fantastic - what a wonderful day. Fantastic pictures too.

Have a lovely Christmas and I look forward to reading the rest in the New Year and counting down to our trip and actually meeting you guys.

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Thank you, just 5 months, two weeks and 2 days to go. (It's funny on the ABD thread seeing everyone posting with the exact same ticker!) I promise I will get this report done before then! Actually, there's only about 7 days worth of stuff left, so I think I should be able to finish by February or so.

And to all my Aussie/Kiwi friends out there, Merry Christmas Eve, as for you will have already reached that point now.

Hey, and I hit 25,000 views! Thanks Everyone!
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Old 12-23-2012, 04:30 PM   #197
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Yes Christmas Eve today ! Cooking day- coolers everywhere in my kitchen trying to keep seafood fresh!

Christmas in Australia is truly unique!
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Thank you, just 5 months, two weeks and 2 days to go. (It's funny on the ABD thread seeing everyone posting with the exact same ticker!) I promise I will get this report done before then! Actually, there's only about 7 days worth of stuff left, so I think I should be able to finish by February or so.

And to all my Aussie/Kiwi friends out there, Merry Christmas Eve, as for you will have already reached that point now.

Hey, and I hit 25,000 views! Thanks Everyone!
I know its weird to see those tickers eh! But a good weird. Yes its Xmas Eve and its nearly time for bed. Its forecast to be sunny and 28 degrees C here tomorrow which is very hot for us and we are doing the mad Kiwi thing and having a hot roast pork meal with all the roast veges even though it roasting hot outside.

For Xmas I have managed to get myself a terrible cold so in the spirit of the season of giving I am joining the family to hopefully give it away

Take as long as you like to finish your trip report as it will make the time to our trip go faster.

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Old 12-24-2012, 05:59 AM   #199
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The suburbs of Sydney hit 42 today, (not sure of the conversion but I think it's 100+) - had my air conditioning and oven cranking all day! Big storm this afternoon which brought a welcome cool change - Christmas Day won't be quite as hot!
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Old 12-24-2012, 02:20 PM   #200
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I know its weird to see those tickers eh! But a good weird. Yes its Xmas Eve and its nearly time for bed. Its forecast to be sunny and 28 degrees C here tomorrow which is very hot for us and we are doing the mad Kiwi thing and having a hot roast pork meal with all the roast veges even though it roasting hot outside.

For Xmas I have managed to get myself a terrible cold so in the spirit of the season of giving I am joining the family to hopefully give it away

Take as long as you like to finish your trip report as it will make the time to our trip go faster.

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28 C is not that hot. You must have weather similar to us. We are currently at about -2 C, though we are still without snow. I don't like Christmas without snow, but I particularly don't like January without snow, because we need to be able to ski!

I will keep hacking away at the TR. If I' ve made it this far, I WILL finish!

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The suburbs of Sydney hit 42 today, (not sure of the conversion but I think it's 100+) - had my air conditioning and oven cranking all day! Big storm this afternoon which brought a welcome cool change - Christmas Day won't be quite as hot!
I figured it out 42 C is 106 F. That is really, really hot. In Buffalo where I live, it has never reached 100 F (38 C) and that is EVER in recorded history. Generally we don't get above 90 F (32 F) very often. Never mind at Christmas. I would have a hard time mentally with warm Christmases. My mom moved to Arizona, where it is warm all year, and they like their Christmas in the desert, but not me!

Seeing as Santa is in your neighborhood right now...I'll say one last Happy Christmas!
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Wow Pete those photos at the Great Barrier Reef are awesome! Definitely inspired me to get up there before the beautiful coral reefs are destroyed any further by coral bleaching and other negatives from the rising sea temperature!
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Looks like an amazing awesome day on the reef! The photos are gorgeous! We love it up there, actually we're headed to Hamilton Island in a few days for a vacation, you have made me more excited seeing that beautiful bright blue water.
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Old 01-03-2013, 02:29 PM   #203
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Happy New Year!

Hey everyone, still working on getting in another update - but thought I would post a quick picture from New Year's. We went to my Dad's in Massachusetts and got a pretty good snowfall there. DD and I went out and played in the snow each day. I kept thinking about how lucky we are that we get to play in the snow. (Sorry, for the 80% of the world population that doesn't get this - you just don't know what you are missing.) So, until the next update, I thought I would share this:



Happy New Year
from DD and Anxious Snowman with bad toupee!


Oh, and DD would probably want me to share her latest Lego creation:



Note the "people" in the chairs, the "dogs" in the pen, and the Christmas Tree with the "star" on top.



Hope to get back to the updates soon!

Oooh, and also we ate at one of my favorite restaurants for Prime Rib - Bernies Dining Depot in Ludlow Mass. This is the small prime rib cut, which runs $18.95 including salad, vegetable, potato and rolls. It's probably about 28 ounces. (1.5 pounds) and simply perfectly prepared. They're large cut is $37.95, and is about - and I am not kidding - three times this size.






A $6 adder for a side of 6 scallops, and these suckers were big and so incredibly melt-in-your-mouth prepared they would almost kill you:



And no, I did not finish the meal! Took about half the beef home for a later dinner.
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Awww, snow! We get to experience it once every 5-8 years, but never enough to make a snowman that big!! It is usually a light dusting overnight and that's it. One year it snowed on Christmas, and I thought that was so amazing, until we all realized none of us can drive in the snow so hardly anyone was able to come to the get together at our house.

Holy cow (literally!)!! That's a huge piece of beef!!!
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I have only seen snow once in my life and that was about 35 years ago!
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That's a great snowman! And you are lucky to be able to play in the snow.

Love the food porn.


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Love the snowman! (and the snow). Also tell DD love her Lego house & occupants - reminiscent of the sorts of things my DD used to build. Older, we've now discovered nanoblocks! Hope 2013 is a great year for you and your family.
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Awww, snow! We get to experience it once every 5-8 years, but never enough to make a snowman that big!! It is usually a light dusting overnight and that's it. One year it snowed on Christmas, and I thought that was so amazing, until we all realized none of us can drive in the snow so hardly anyone was able to come to the get together at our house.

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Thanks all. The snowman was sort of a cheater. For those familiar with snow, snow does not always fall in the good quality for packing a snowman. (A heavy, wetter snow is needed.) However, there were several piles of snow that we had access to that had been plowed/packed into mounds. The snowman was made from three of the chunks of snow - thus his odd blockish shape. The hardest part was getting the second large chunk up on top of the first.

I haven't heard of nanoblocks, I will indeed have to check them out.
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Day 23 – On the road again


I apologize for so long between actual updates. I have been having trouble getting on the computer at night to write this. With only about 6 days to go, I really want to keep on top of and finish this sucker.

Back out to Airlie Beach. DW wanted to do a bit of shopping in the morning, while I was hoping to get on the road so we could get to Eungella National Park. I lost out on this one. After we packed up the car, we did a little walk along the water front (our hotel was basically about 30 feet from this beach), as well as a walk down by the local lagoon. It was a much calmer, less windy day than the previous day. Here’s a few pictures from Airlie Beach.






Much like Cairns, Airlie Beach also has a swimming lagoon. It’s not quite as big, but still pretty large. I’m guessing it was too “chilly” this morning to be used much as there were not many people in it.




The main reason for all these lagoons:



OK – I’ve had enough of the water, thanks! I point out that the Irukandji is 1-2cm and usually not visible. My favorite line from that poster -"Vinegar is provided at this beach."

We left town a little after noon, and had around a 2+ hour drive to Eungella. We followed the GPS rather than my print-out of the driving directions, and I am not sure but this might have been a mistake. The roads we took got VERY rural. A popular way of paving roads in Australian Bush is apparently to pave the road itself only one lane ride, and if another car comes at you, well you better swerve off into the dirt. We eventually found ourselves back on the “main” road. (The one with two lanes.) We ended up stopping at a little restaurant called the “Pinnacle Motel” in the town of Pinnacle.

I’d wanted to find a real local place like this, and I was not disappointed. The food was excellent, though somehow they messed up our order, as I ordered two of the crumbed steaks (kind of like a “chicken fried steak” in the states) and they charged me for and brought out three (price seemed high but I was so used to high I didn’t notice). They were kind enough to refund for the extra (why would I order 4 meals for 3 people). The meal was both huge and tasty. There were a lot of tourists at the restaurant, I guess people stopping down from a day in the park. There was a guy on the porch playing classic rock acoustic music. It was a fun lunch.



The crumbed steaks



DD’s chicken strips meal:


Really one of the best meals we had on the trip, which I guess is why I took pictures.

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Day 23 - Eungella National Forest

From there, we had about 40 minutes more driving. The road drove into what appeared to be a dead-end valley with a huge forested cliff in front of us. The road eventually switch-backed up the cliff, and we made our way up over the top of the cliff and along the ridge and eventually found the “hotel” – the Broken River Resort. Really it was more of a rustic group of cabins, but it was really beautiful. Very quite and out of the way. We settled into our room and headed out, as it was already 4 PM by this time and darkness was settling. A pheasant of some sort hanging outside our room.



Some pictures of our cabin:






Why are these ALL blurry? I must've been drunk.

What we had really driven all this way to see was the chance to see Platypus in the wild, and the creek where they hang out is about a 50 meters from the Resort. So we walked down to the water, and lo and behold, we got to see a couple of Platypus swimming in the creek. This was super-cool to see, as we really had not seen a lot of wild animals on this trip. First shot of the platypus:



We stood and watched for maybe 10-15 minutes, and then decided to go on a short hike. The hike lasted perhaps an hour, and DD did a lot of whining after a very short time, but we did get some fun pictures.





This branch went across the path. You could get garroted if you didn’t watch where you are going!



Views of the Broken River George:








After the walk, we went back to look at the Platypus, but DD got bored and DW did to. I stayed and watched them for close to an hour longer, and tried to get some decent pictures, but between the low light, and the fact that they would only surface for a few seconds before diving back under made pictures with my little point and shoot almost impossible. I eventually used the video camera, and still I couldn’t get much of anything any good. Here’s the best of the bunch. Evidence that I had indeed FOUND Perry!







There was a walk further down the river where there was a swimming hole. Much too cold right now to be of much use, but pretty:





There was some sort of egret out in the middle of this “pond” and the light was getting really bad, so I again used the videocamera to capture it, but it didn’t come out real well:




I headed back to the cabin, and we hung out and made some dinner. (We had planned on eating in since we knew there weren’t any restaurants around. The resort did have a dinner service that we could’ve joined inside, but again we were so sick of eating out at this point. The rest of the evening was unremarkable, with us reading or something to pass the time.
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