Location: Rye, USA
Location: Newcastle, Australia
This has been my last day/night in Australia. It was another beautiful day. I just went to the beach mid morning, the waves were big so I went out on the rocks for a bit and took some pictures of the surfers. You can get a better idea on the size and the power of the waves when youre next to them looking out
it was actually pretty cool. Met Carley later in the day and we spent the afternoon together. Early in the evening I met her and a couple of her friends for dinner. Heading home in the late morning
Carley is going to meet me at the ferry dock to say goodbye. :)
This has been a great vacation spending time with Carley so far away from home.
Again thanks to everyone for checking out my page and leaving your comments. I feel like you were all here with me (unfortunately I'm the one coming back with a tan)
One more full day tomorrow which is Friday for me. It was supposed to be rainy today
there were some bad storms while I was in Melbourne. Some of the beach was eroded away right near my cabin and the beach was actually closed. It turned out nice in late morning so I took the ferry over to Newcastle and went to the beach over there. The ferry only takes 5 minutes and is actually pretty convenient. I took the rental car to the return office in Newcastle. Another white knuckle drive
I decided that I would turn the car in here instead of endangering my life and the lives of others and take the train to the Sydney airport on Saturday. Carley and I are going to spend the afternoon together tomorrow
theres a small wildlife preserve nearby and we might go check it out.
I hope everyone is well and thanks for looking at my page. I appreciate the comments.
Ive put up some more Great Ocean Road pics.
Location: Great Ocean Road, Australia
A long day but very much worth it. Went on a tour of the Great Ocean Road along Australias south coast. The ride itself was spectacular
winding in and out of the cliffs. Spent time in a rain forest and saw some of the biggest trees Ive ever seen. We also stopped in this one area when we spotted some Koala Bears. They must be teenagers because they sleep about 22 hours a day.
The highlight of the day was a helicopter ride out over the cliffs and going over the 12 Apostles rock formations...simply an unbelievable experience
especially since it was my first time in a helicopter.
Ive put a few pictures up and tomorrow when I get back to Newcastle Ill put up more.
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Im now in Melbourne. Landed today about mid-afternoon after having coffee with Carley. As luck would have it the clouds were coming in just as I was leaving Newcastle. For $5 I took a bus to the Newcastle airport (beat that price back home). Melbourne seems to be a really nice city but different than Sydney. This city is centered around the Yara River as opposed to Sydney which is surrounding a harbor. Its a bit cooler (70) than Newcastle/Sydney. Im at the Crowne Plaza which is right on the river and right across from a casino. I took a walk over after dinner to see what it was like. I found out it was just like home
you lose your money playing the slot just as fast. Tomorrow (Tuesday for me) I get picked up @ 8:00 am for my trip along the Great Ocean Road and hopefully if the weather is good my helicopter flight above the coast and the 12 apostles.
Thats all for now
Decided to lay low a bit today and recharge the batteries (kind of what Tom and Gerry do every day). Another beautiful day...started the day with a run....then went to Stockton Beach which is about 50 feet from my cabin. The water was warm but the sharks weren't feeding so it was OK to swim. Late in the afternoon took the ferry to Newcastle and spent the rest of the afternoon exploring a bit. There's an area called "Bather's Way" which is a series of man made pools cut out of the rock and beaches.
I then went back to Stockton and took the "Shipwreck Walk" which is a walk along an area where there were several shipwrecks. The one that has the most still remaining is the Adolphe a 300 ft ship which wrecked in 1905.
Tomorrow I'll be meeting Carley for coffee in the morning and the flying to Melbourne.
I've added a few more pics to the Sydney 3/28 page
Back from Sydney. A great two days for Carley and I. The weather turned out to be perfect and the bridge climb was awesome. Carley said it was one of the greatest things shes ever done and I have to agree. The whole experience took about 3-1/2 hours but it didnt seem that long. We weaved in and out of the bridge on our way to the top all time clipped to a cable
it was pretty cool. When we finally reached the top we were about 450 feet above the water. The bridge is massive
so much bigger when youre on it than it looks in pictures from a distance. We couldnt bring our camera but they took pictures, which were conveniently displayed for our purchase at the end of the climb
Location: Sydney, Australia
Carley and I just spent the last few hours walking around the Sydney Harbor. The opera house is really cool looking...especially all lit up. The weather is beautiful and there are people everywhere. We had dinner outside on the harbor (well...next to the harbor). The bridge looks awesome...there are people up there who look like little dots. Tomorrow that will be us. I took lots of pics and I'll put some up when we get back to Newcastle.
Carley told me about a Gloria Jean's over in Newcastle. Went there this morning after my run for an actual ICED COFFEE (first real one I've had). Life is good.
Went to Newcastle Beach at about noon. I decided to go there after I as told there were reports of a few baby great whites at Stockton beach (where my cabin is). Another awesome day. The beach is really nice. Not very crowded until mid afternoon when the kids started getting out of classes
still wasnt bad
its just the norm for them
go to school, then hit the beach. Some guys were playing American Football right next to some playing Australian Football. You could tell that one group wasnt quite sure what the other was doing.
Went for a walk on Stockton Beach at about 5:00
there are concrete Tank Traps still on the beach from WWII (the big one). I guess they were put there to prevent Japanese tanks from landing.
Also some guys were Board Sailing could not believe how fast they were moving. Apparently faster than the great whites (just dont fall).
Went for a walk early this morning along the coast. It was about a three mile walk along this paved running/walking path that winds in and out of the cliffs. There were tons of people running and walking along the way. Hit the beach for about an hour and then caught a ride to Sydney to pick up my rental car and head to Newcastle.
Trying to find my way out of Sydney was quite the ordeal. Between crappy directions from Yahoo (they failed to mention a few key things), driving on the wrong side of the road and driving on the wrong side of the car I think I actually cheated death a couple of times. When I finally arrived at my Cabin at about 5:00 I was just glad to get out of the car.
I took the ferry over to see Carley and to see her come running up to me made it worthwhile. We went to dinner and had our first beer together (I am father of the year).
Location: Bondi, Australia
8:30 am. Breakfast at McDonalds. Not my favorite place but they do have iced coffee and WIFI. Yesterday I went to a seaside cafe late in the afternoon and saw iced coffee on the menu. I ordered one and it turned out to be coffee topped with iced cream and whipped cream. It was really good but I'll come back weighing about 300lbs if I have couple of those every day. It was definitely a good idea to spend a couple of days here after the long trip. On to Newcastle/Stockton tomorrow where I'll be bonding with Carley over our first beer together.
Location: Sydney/Bondi Beach, Australia
Well its my first day in Australia. After about a 30 hr trip to get over here and amazingly after 4 stops my luggage was right there, the first day made it worthwhile. I arrived in Sydney at about 7:00 AM and by the time I got through customs, picked up a phone to use over here, and took a taxi to Bondi it was around 10:30. I checked into the bed and breakfast (which is really nice
run by a very friendly couple) and hit the beach at 11:30. The B & B is only a block from the beach. After the long trip it felt really good to just put my beach chair (which they gave me) in the sand. Bondi beach is something else. Contrary to what Perry told me at work
topless does NOT mean you dont need a hat. The weather was beautiful
about 80 with a slight breeze. The water is beautiful. I stayed at the beach until about 2:30 then went and got my camera and went for a walk for about an hour just to get acclimated. I then went back to my room
changed and went for a run
I talked to Carley today and Im really looking forward to seeing her on Tuesday.
Its probably because of the language but I was sitting at dinner tonight (outside of course) looking out over the beach, having what might be the best burger Ive ever had and it just didnt seem like I was on the other side of the world.
Thats it for now
I have a big day planned of doing not a whole lot tomorrow.