Dan and Justy Down Under


January 12, 2005
I don't have any funny (because you weren't there) travel stories. The actual travel went off without a hitch. 30 hours, but no troubles.

I was traveling with my video camera in its underwater housing. That is, I was carrying the set around as carry-on luggage. It is an acrylic tube about 1.5 foot long, 9 inches in diameter, with large bright red aluminum caps on either end. It is framed by a multiply-handled black lattice that is weighted and allows attachment of lights.

Needless to say, it attracted lots of attention.

Every 3d person would strain their neck to stare at it in passing. Security folks were particularly interested, but none had any problem or gave me any hassle. Nor (and I find this particularly amazing), was I asked at any checkpoint to demonstrate that it works.

I was amused with the attention and all the questions from curious fellow travelers. I began referring to it as my "Death Ray". At least until Justine promised to continue on the trip without me when the inevitable official sanction came.

I behaved.

Itinerary Highlights
January 20: Winery Tour
21-23: Moreton Bay Diving
25: Australia Zoo
26-30: Lady Elliot Island
February 13: Diving the Yongala
15-17: Cape Tribulation + Daintree Rain Forest
17-20: Atherton Tablelands
22-28: Coral Sea Diving Liveaboard
March 11-13: OzTek Dive Conference: Sydney
14: Fly to New Zealand
20: Poor Knights Islands Diving
31: Mt. Cook
April 2-4: Queenstown
TBD: To Be Dreamed

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