Northwest Shelf Australia, 2018

Northwest Shelf Australia, 2018

  • Sept 29th: Aussie Adventure: T-minus 1
    It is September 29th. I have been counting down the days to this trip for months. Only 1 day to go. Susanne and I love to travel; we have travelled to many places in our 34 years together and we seem to manage a major trip every 2 or 3 years and we love it.Continue reading “Sept 29th: Aussie Adventure: T-minus 1”
  • Sept 30th: Budgie Smugglers
    The day has arrived to depart. Yeah!!!! We got up, took Sadie for a walk; had breakfast, did some catch-up work, surfed the net and boned up on our Australian slang. Fair Dinkum. Our flight leaves Phoenix at 5 pm, 3 hr layover in LA, then 15.5 hrs to Sydney and then on to Brisbane.Continue reading “Sept 30th: Budgie Smugglers”
  • Oct 2: Brizzie
    The long flight from LAX to Sydney went surprisingly well. The plane was on it’s second transpacific flight ever. Brand spanking new. The business class had the lay flat pods. There was a ton of stuff to get sorted before getting settled. Blankets, pillows, headsets etc. The one super nice improvement to the set upContinue reading “Oct 2: Brizzie”
  • Oct 3rd: Koalas and Kids
    We were going to go out for dinner last night. There are lots of good restaurants around us. However, the rigors of the travel finally got to us, so we ate down in the casual restaurant at the hotel. It was ok, convenient and the wine was good. The view of the city was quiteContinue reading “Oct 3rd: Koalas and Kids”
  • Oct 4th: Blab de Blab Koala
    Today was a work day. I woke up at about 4:30 am thinking about the talks I had to give today. Susanne slept until about 5:30 am. We got up and I pulled out the computer and worked on my talks. Why I feel the need to rework a talk that I have given 60Continue reading “Oct 4th: Blab de Blab Koala”
  • Oct 5th: 3:15 am wake-up
    Work is definitely a four letter word. Make no mistake about it. Especially when it requires you to get up a 3:15 am for a phone call. Damn work. Why doesn’t somebody just pay me to do nothing. I am exceptionally good at that and feel I should be compensated appropriately. After my call, IContinue reading “Oct 5th: 3:15 am wake-up”
  • Oct 6th: Birds?
    I woke up at 4:30 am and couldn’t fall back to sleep, so I got up and hung out on the patio. As the sun came up, the birds started singing. The sounds were amazing. I will have to try and record it one morning. The house is amazing and really comfortable and open. ItContinue reading “Oct 6th: Birds?”
  • Oct 7th: Glass bottom choo choo
    The plan for the day was to take the skyrail up to Kuranda and the train back down. We spent the morning lounging and swimming in the pool. Very stressful.  I had been trying to find a guide to take us for a wild life viewing trip while we were in Daintree, but nobody hadContinue reading “Oct 7th: Glass bottom choo choo”
  • Oct 8th: Scatted
    We had big plans for the day. Well, not really. They consisted of lounging around the pool, hanging out, reading, and relaxing until we had to head up to Daintree for a wildlife cruise on the Daintree river. It was very relaxing. I started reading “Factfulness” by Hans Rosling. He has some great TED talksContinue reading “Oct 8th: Scatted”
  • Oct 9th: Paperwork
    This was our last day in the wonderful house in Trinity Beach. We had breakfast and lounged about. I went for a swim in the morning and then sat outside in the shade area and read my book, napped, read, swam. Stressful stuff. We had lunch.  We swam. We lounged. We decided that we wouldContinue reading “Oct 9th: Paperwork”
  • Oct 11: Giant Clam
    I survived the middle of the night advanced yoga class with out killing either myself or Susanne. Let’s put that in the serious plus category. All in all we slept pretty well in our cozy little cabin. It was pretty comfy, dark and cool. All good things. We got up at 6:30 am to getContinue reading “Oct 11: Giant Clam”
  • Oct 12th: Bommie Madness
    Today was our last day on the dive trip and it started with a 5:45 wake-up knock. After a conversation/argument with Nicky (one of the dive masters) at dinner last night about whether you get a shorter time before you can fly if you dive on Nitrox (I lost), Jason and Cynthia decided not toContinue reading “Oct 12th: Bommie Madness”
  • Oct 13th: The Barn
    We both slept well and it was nice to be off the boat, clean of salt water, and in a relatively comfortable room. My knees were sore from all the diving and my poor feet were a mess from the crappy fins. I always take my own mask when I go diving or snorkeling becauseContinue reading “Oct 13th: The Barn”
  • Oct 14th: No Regrets?
    Life is full of ups and downs. There are decisions that we make that work out well and some that just turn into a unmitigated disaster. I hear people use the phrase “Have no regrets” all the time and I have to say I absolutely despise the saying. For one thing, if you never haveContinue reading “Oct 14th: No Regrets?”
  • Oct 14th: Logodiles
    I slept well last night and it is just amazing to wake up and see the view of the ocean from the master bedroom. We lounged around and drank coffee and took in the view. I love listening to the birds in the morning. They have such unique and at times haunting songs. There isContinue reading “Oct 14th: Logodiles”
  • Oct 15th: Cassowary! Cassowary!
    I hate to sound like a broken record, but we got up, lounged, had coffee and swam in the pool. Hard to beat that. It was much hotter today, though, and I ended up in the pool twice before 10 am. We scheduled a horse back ride at Cape Tribulation at 11. It was aboutContinue reading “Oct 15th: Cassowary! Cassowary!”
  • Oct 17th: Final Swim
    Today was our last day in the Barn and Daintree forest. We had to leave around 11 to make it down to Cairns for our flight to Brisbane. We did the usual: coffee, breakfast, swim. As I was swimming around I said to Susanne “wow, we never saw the monitor lizard again after the firstContinue reading “Oct 17th: Final Swim”
  • Oct 18th:Wags & Whines
    Well, we survived the crappy hotel. We got up early, showered and Ubered to the airport for the less money and hassle than the shuttle bus. Don’t get me started. We checked in and hung out in the Qantas lounge. I went down and bought some stuff for the office. They had pretty good coffee.Continue reading “Oct 18th:Wags & Whines”