Monthly Archives: February 2011

Kangaroo Island

Jan:  Kangaroo Island’s 4400 residents have opportunity for some very distinct experiences:  they have a special protected environment with very few large predators, so unique flora and fauna flourish. The island has been separate from the Australian mainland for almost … Continue reading

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On the coast again …

 Gerry continues to delight in the unique road signs we come across while driving.  He put this collage together, hoping you all will enjoy them as well — most are fully self-explanatory: Our Adelaide accommodations were in the very … Continue reading

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Broken Hill

As chance would have it, a sheep herder discovered the altered rocks at a stumpy place called Broken Hill and sent a sample in for a metal assay.  When it came back rich in lead, zinc, and silver, he told … Continue reading

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“You’re in the Outback now, Mate!”

As we strolled down the seemingly deserted streets of Broken Hill this evening looking for a place to have some dinner, we stopped to ask a young man at an ATM for advice.  Gerry mentioned there didn’t seem to be … Continue reading

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Sydney’s Spectacular Sights

Sydney hosts some of Australia’s best-known sights which we saved for our final day in the city.  We had a combined walk/public transportation plan in mind at the beginning of the day because the things we hoped to see were … Continue reading

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Sydney, Australia

Sydney, Australia … a city of 8 million people of many cultures [We had Greek food one night and Thai the next — : ) ], languages, and colors – all bustling about, going places, doing important (or so it … Continue reading

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Christchurch

Since we were last with you, we’ve travelled northwards along the east coast of the South Island, going from Dunedin to visit friends in our last New Zealand destination, Christchurch.  The eastern side, much of it called the Canterbury Plains, … Continue reading

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Three Terrific Tours

When folks come to visit AK, one of the things touted as a “must see/do” is a Kenai Fiords cruise.  This past Wednesday, we did the NZ equivalent, a three-hour tour of Milford Sound (BTW, even tho’ it is called … Continue reading

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Queenstown

“Yuppie Town” – that’s what a fellow American (actually a MIder from the Upper Peninsula whom we met recently along a hiking trail) called Queenstown.  I suppose that’s a valid point in the sense that the thrill industry reigns supreme … Continue reading

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Oddities and Endities

Travelling the West Coast to Queenstown and enduring the ever present sand flies (little black flies whose bite packs a punch — one sign calls the little buggers the “Dracula of the Rainforest”.  We both have red spots that show … Continue reading

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