Monday, December 14, 2009

On Australia - Les

Australia was a very different trip than the New Zealand Portion. In New Zealand we were moving around every few days in our rental car. We chose our own schedule and even modified it a bit. In Australia, we were pretty set on our timeline since we were flying every where. We did have a car in Tasmania and for a day in Cairns, but we were day tripping out of a central location each time. I think that this made it feel a bit more touristy to me, not that there was anything wrong with that. It was awesome seeing the beaches, coral reefs and tropical rain forests on the north coast immediately followed by sub-alpine rain forests in Tasmania. Throw in huge tracks of eucalyptus forests just west of Sydney and we had a pretty spectacular time tramping around the outback. Partying in the cities was too bad either. :o) Now I just have to figure out what to do when I go back. Shouldn't be too hard...

On Getting Home and More Time Travel

We are home.

We slept through the first two of three alarms that I set, but we made the flights and are now home in San Francisco. It was a long flight even though it took us negative 45 minutes to do it. Lots of reading, movie watching, sudoku, sleeping and wearing the neck pillow got us here. Phil watched a bunch of movies and slept mostly. Maybe did some sudoku as well. Oh and you should ask him about the awesome book he was reading. Jaguars that are 5 feet tall at the shoulder. Exciting! I watched part of a movie, slept about an hour and read those ridiculously expensive books I bought in Australia.

Luckily, the jet lag hasn't been too bad, so Sunday wasn't too bad. We're getting close to wrapping things up here on the blog. Just a few more posts to wrap things up!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

On Beer

Mmmmmm... Beeeeeerrrrrrr... I must say that I quite enjoyed the beer I sampled while I was Down Under. All the New Zealand beer I had was very tasty and easy drinking. Some of the Australian beer was so so, but the Tasmania beer was fantastic. James Boag and Cascade in particular. VB was a good beach day beer. Maybe my taste buds are getting numbed by the stuff that Jason, Garvie and Ted force on me, but I honestly didn't think that it was very bitter.

I repeat, Mmmmmmmmmmmmm... Beeeeeeeeeerrrrrrr...

On Serving Them Up Fresh

Roadkill. Mmmmmmm... Seeing roadkill in another country on another continent was very interesting. Wallabies are the most common roadkill in Australia, at least as far as I could tell. Not gonna lie, some of the fine specimens were hard to distinguish. Luckily for your stomaches, I don't have an appropriate photo to share with this.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

On Rediscovering Lost Loves

I haven't had one of these in a long time...

Here in Australia, McDonald's soft serve is only 50 cents. That is about as good of a deal as you can get. I have had more than one and that is all I'll say...

On Kangaroo, Closure and Being Manly

Today we had one goal, make it to Manly Beach. Goal was accomplished, but it was a little annoying to get it done. Turns out the subway has a citywide closure for this weekend. They have buses replacing the train lines (no idea where they got all of the extra buses from), but it was kind of a pain dealing with them. We ended up walking much of the way that we were planning on taking the train. Oh well. We made it to the wharf, so that we could grab the ferry over to the beach, and stopped and did a bit of gift shopping at the local farmers market. Some really awesome stuff being sold down there.

The ferry ride was pretty cool. It took about half an hour, and we just cruised just about the entire harbor. There was a good wind on the water so the sail boats were out in force.

We grabbed some lunch once we go there, and I finally got to have some kangaroo!

We spent a few hours on the beach, fully protected from the sun, but not the wind and sand. Manly Beach is a very windy beach. We covered with a fine layer of sand rather quickly, but what ever. It was a great day and we were hanging out on a pretty sweet beach. Game on!

Friday, December 11, 2009

On Feeling Blue

Ugh, the trip is almost over, and neither of us really wants to go back. Sure, we miss all you guys (I guuuueeeeessss), but there are still way too many things to do and see. Since we're feeling a little blue about having to come home, we thought we'd take a trip to the Blue Mountains to see if it would have a crazy reverse effect on our mood. You can probably tell from the pictures that it did, and our spirits have been lifted.