Dan and Justy Down Under


January 15, 2005
Dan or Justy

Awoke early to wild parrots having a shouting match.

Brekky at a local 50s themed diner and we are again heckled by what I am calling the Ha-Ha bird. A smallish, grey-white crow-looking bird, he finds our behavior quite humourous.

Spent the day in Cleveland, on the coast just east of Brisbane. Tons of sun and folks out and about. Was told categorically that the library (where we hoped to score free internet) was closed for the weekend. And that the (closed) internet cafe across the street wouldn't offer it on Sunday due to it being Market day.

We've started taking most advice with a grain of salt.

A national network of wireless hotspots (or at least one on the East Coast) is not a reality. Most of the spots we've found are tres expensive to boot. We'll have to content ourselves with an occasional library gig.

Spent sunset at Cleveland Pt, a tiny spit of land with an all-wooden hexagonal historic lighthouse. Shot my first time-lapse sunset. Sweet. Justine went nuts shooting film, and somehow managed to cook dinner too. Stir-fry and salad. A perfect evening in a relaxing setting.

Final note of the day: forgot to video the toilet emptying the wrong way. Sorry.

Today I drove on the wrong side of the street, on the wrong side of the car, went shopping after the store closed, and camped at an unlit lighthouse! If thats not enough to make your head spin, the wine stores ARE open on Sundays. Ooh, and they've got this real sweet wine cooler thing-a-mabobber: you pop your bottle in it, push a timer (various levels of cool, and waiting required) max being a 6 minute super-chill, and voila! Your vino is chill-ed! Alright, so maybe you've seen one in your local spot, but its new to me.

The driving is going to take some more time to get used to. The windshield wiper goes off each time I think Im using the turn signal. Thank-god it hasn't rained much yet! We decided on a road atlas today. Got passed the free-tourist info maps. Even though the atlas appears comprehensive and all, I still insist on the real-pretty maps that have the larger scales, picnic table and parking symbols along with the restaurant and shopping details. Something about that makes me feel less 'lost'. After striking a nice conversation with a very nice local lady walking Mickey, her pooch, we commenced dinner. We were completely surprised when she returned in a half hour with a variety of maps detailing each area we were heading to, as well as the great FULL COUNTRY map!

Each and every living thing I've seen thus far has been completely and utterly DIFFERENT. That includes the giant squirrel (wombat?), curved-beek bird (?), hundreds of mini black crabs, Pollack-patterned pigeons, giant white parrots, and these are just running around everywhere. I cant imagine what we'll see if we really look. No koalas yet!

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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