Dan and Justy Down Under


March 22, 2005

Dan or Justy

We spent several days with Rhys and Margaret Richards. Rhys is Gareth's cousin. Rhys is a retired diplomat and Margaret has represented New Zealand to the UN for Labor issues. More welcoming hosts we cannot imagine. They live in a grown-up-over-time beach bach (Kiwi slang for bachelor house, or what we often call a "camp"). The house is a perfect reflection of them: comfortable with an earthy sensibility. Rhys is a researcher/collector of Solomon Islands native art (he likes other islands too, but concentrates on the Solomons). Their home is practically a museum of amazing pieces displayed in an understated, but very effective manner.

Onwards prancer, dasher and smasher...we ride our sleigh south to the capital of NZ. There are reports of a five day fog settled over the airport in Wellington, planes have been diverted and delayed for a week now. Talk of moving the airport is heating up, with obvious delays in action. The fog will eventually lift!

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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