Dan and Justy Down Under


February 5, 2005

Dan or Justy

To Do List: (sample)

  1. Get the hell out of this sweltering oven of a van.
  2. Find shade. Quickly.
  3. Drink water.
  4. Eat cold liquid breakfast.
  5. Argue with each other if the other so much as says one freaking word ...
  6. Pour rest of water on head. See item just above ...
  7. Carefully plan day to include maximum shade and cold liquids.
  8. Ice cream too.
  9. Don't forget the ice cream ...
  10. I swear to god, if you forget the ice cream ...
  11. Use internet b/c the establishment is air-conditioned.
  12. Observe natural wonder of the world.
  13. Retreat to shade.
  14. Find place to park for the night, near public bathrooms.
  15. Justine cooks scrumptious meal using almost no ingredients.
  16. Dan whines about cleaning dishes.
  17. Justine knocks Dan clean out with the heaviest pot we have.
  18. Try to sleep while sweat pours off body and threatens to drown you.
  19. Drunk people wander by and loudly proclaim the van to be "awesome".
  20. Blessed unconsciousness arrives.
  21. Dream about a sauna ...
  22. Slow realization you are being cooked alive ...
  23. See a light, you want to go into it ...
  24. but you don't b/c it's the sun, your immortal enemy!
  25. It is between 7 and 7:30 am.
  26. Repeat.

Australian Iced Coffee, I've found out, is a mere excuse for ice cream delivery! It has little to do with actual ice and coffee, as mere Americans might expect, but globs of ice cream in a regular coffee. More dessert, rather than caffeine delivery system. Maybe thats why I get the weird looks when I order one for brekky?

No matter. The coffee ordering system here is wacked anyway. For a regular (esprosso-based) coffee you ask for a tall white. For a black its a short or tall black, those are just the shots you see. Cappuccinos, mochaccinos and lattes abound. But a mere dark coffee, simple and pure, is not easy to some across. You can imagine what Dan must be putting up with.

We're off sailing! Be back by tuesday with a full report, a few watercolor paintings, and hopefully no stings to tell about. Dont worry mom, they make you wear a stinger suit to get into the water! Their suits are as thin nylon stockings and WORK (Dan wins a bet here) and our actual skin suits will be more then plenty protection.

See you laterz!

Pix from around Airlie Beach:

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

Digital Pix Courtesy of Shimmivision.com
More Digital and Film Pix Coming Soon.