Dan and Justy Down Under


February 19, 2005

Dan or Justy

More sights. I'm reaching some kind of saturation point. Must rest eyes for a while.

Visited a large private war museum. A well collected set of memorabilia from various conflicts, with an Australian focus. More than the usual collection of tanks and planes, there was substantial emphasis on the personal experience of the soldiers. As usual here, WWII gets the major press, but there is much to display from the Australian experience in Vietnam. Aussies started fighting there in 1965. I don't think most Americans realize that. Certainly, most Australians don't mention it. It wasn't the national trauma it was in the States.

We are driving through the Atherton Tablelands, an eroded plateau with a personality problem. It resembles a tropical Ireland in its climate and appearance, respectively. It is cooler up here than down on the coast, to be sure, but that's a relative term. The sun is just as menacing and being a bit closer to it doesn't help.

This morning had us on a tighter schedule than norma; We're off out of town to close the circuit and see more of the Tablelands. Out of town, we pass by signs for the largest privately owned Military museum, and could not pass it up. There I also got to photograph incredibly photogenic cats, a green frog taking a dip in the toilet, and tons of military machinery. Yipee!

Our first watefall trek took us to the triple decker, and aptly named: rdinner falls. It had 3 levels, a bit like breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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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