Dan and Justy Down Under


February 17, 2005

Dan or Justy

Our life on the road has a relaxed pace. We stop whenever we feel like it to allow Justy to take pictures. Occasionally I'll shoot video, but mostly I'll just stand around, scratch my ass and enjoy not having to do or say or be anything.

We got tropical ice cream. I had mango, but Justy had the quadruple-header of mango, raspberry, soursop and wattleseed. The last 2 are local. Soursop looks like large nubby football. That or an alien seed pod from Star Trek. Maybe more the latter. Wattleseed doesn't even look like a plant. Maybe something that used to be a plant, but got tired and couldn't fight off the many forces trying to corrupt life.

Both were delicious, by the way.

And speaking of mangos, there's a winery that claims to be the first Mango Winery. The orchard is a huge place, but the winery is just a relatively new venture. Like most other winerys here in Australia, they make a sparkling wine.

We had dinner in a small town called Mareeba. Chatted with some cheeky truckers. A very easy day.

Leaving the cape tribulation area has its own rewards. The road swerves and offers quick pull offs for incredible photography. I shot more than a roll at a little dark pond.

We're going to the Atherton tablelands where we will partake in mango wine, locally grown coffee and visit waterfalls. The drives from one location to the next are short and offer mountainous vistas over fields of sugarcane.

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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