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Koalas and the Redwood Forest. RTW Blog 28

As I mentioned previously, I hadn’t seen a koala since arriving in Australia.  Yesterday I got some great shots of several.  I had to go to the Moonlit Sanctuary, though, to get them.  And for an extra $20 Australian (about … Continue reading

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Three Days in the Mountains. RTW Blog #27

Halls Gap, Victoria, Australia is located in the Grampians, a mountain range about three and a half hours north and west of Melbourne.  Again, David had been here multiple times beginning as a youngster on trips with his parents.  We … Continue reading

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Welcome to Australia!

Welcome to Australia!  I arrived early on Wednesday, Nov. 27 and was met at Melbourne airport by my friend, David McKern.  David and I had been roommates on my Iceland trip a year ago.  Melbourne is a city of more … Continue reading

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Northwest Through Arthur’s Pass – RTW Blog Post #25

We had a little excitement, Southeast Kansas style, last Monday in Christchurch.  A tornado hit about 3-5 miles from where we were staying.  We heard a loud noise and the wind starting blowing quite strongly.  We found out later that … Continue reading

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Seeing the bottom of New Zealand! Blog Post #24

After leaving Otematata Sheep Station last Monday, David and I headed south through the Dansey Pass on our way to Cromwell.  As we came over a small rise, we were met by a flock of sheep being driven north.  (Just … Continue reading

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The Otematata Sheep Station…RTW Blog #23

I arrived in New Zealand on Monday, Nov. 4th and was met by my friend, David, who lives on the east side of the North Island.  This is David and Toni’s backyard. After a day relaxing at their place, David … Continue reading

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A Visit to the Local Market – RTW Blog #22

Yesterday I visited the Ben Thanh local market.  It’s a large market a couple of blocks from my hotel with everything from soup to nuts…..literally! The first row is fresh fish and veggies. And a young guy crushing ice to … Continue reading

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