I have no idea if I will have time or capability to post pictures this weekend, I will be a bit rushed, as it is a long flight to the center of Australia and Back. To put it in perspective, based on my limited understand of the area – by which I mean I have looked at a map and have a general idea of where things are and how big the place I am visiting is – it is a bit like being on a business trip to Tallahassee, FL, and then taking a side-trip to Cheyenne, WY for the weekend.
Saturday, March 31, 2012
Friday, March 30, 2012
This weekend’s side trip is to Murramarang National Park, on Australia’s eastern coast in New South Wales. But all good things come to an end, and the day we were having was no exception.
Thursday, March 29, 2012
This weekend’s side trip is to Murramarang National Park, on Australia’s eastern coast in New South Wales. Our last stop of the day was Depot Beach, only a mile-or-so down the beach from Pebbly Beach. We were told that this was a beach where the kangaroos came down to sun themselves in the early morning and the late afternoon.
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
This weekend’s side trip is to Murramarang National Park, on Australia’s eastern coast in New South Wales. The plan had been to head over to Bateman’s Bay, and then turn to the right and go down the coast through the scenic loop that included a bunch of little towns with all sorts of interesting shops to poke through. I don’t know why, but we both decided to head straight to the beach. What a great choice!
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
This weekend’s side trip is to Murramarang National Park, on Australia’s eastern coast in New South Wales. A colleague of mine and I headed out for a day of adventure to the coast. I played the part of driver and planner, he filled-in in the role of navigator and spotter. On the way, we stopped for a cup of coffee and a bite to eat at an amazing little boulangerie in a town called Bungendore.
Monday, March 26, 2012
This weekend’s side trip is to Murramarang National Park, on Australia’s eastern coast in New South Wales. I rented a car and, after taking a day to practice and get my left-hand-lane driving skills back, I set off for the coast on Sunday morning.
Accompanying me on this side trip was one of my colleagues here from the London office. We loaded the car and set-out on our trip at about half-ten which is late for me to start on a road trip, but was about perfect for the day we had!
Sunday, March 25, 2012
Saturday, March 24, 2012
Friday, March 23, 2012
The ranting and raving of Don Bergquist on or about 3/23/2012
Thursday, March 22, 2012
The trip home was much less eventful than the trip there, but then, with no choice on road and having just been down the path a couple hours ago, we had no real opportunity for adventure on the return trip.
The ranting and raving of Don Bergquist on or about 3/22/2012
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Thump - Thump - Thump - Thump - Thump
“What is that drumming sound?” I asked
The ranting and raving of Don Bergquist on or about 3/21/2012
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
I must say, Tidbinbilla is far nicer (once you get there) when the weather cooperates!
Monday, March 19, 2012
The last time I was here I showed this picture of a Kangaroo Crossing sign. You see them everywhere over here along the roads. They are ubiquitous and I opined in that piece that seeing them is a bit like seeing a Deer Crossing back home. You see the signs, you occasionally see the road kill, you rarely see the animals.
Sunday, March 18, 2012
Perhaps it is a function of getting older, but going out and to a noisy bar where there are scads of twenty-somethings over-indulging, sloshing their drinks on each other, dancing – by which I mean falling over, and generally making total prats of themselves, doesn’t have the allure it once did.
The ranting and raving of Don Bergquist on or about 3/18/2012
Saturday, March 17, 2012
It’s Saturday and the plans are all made; the day’s agenda calls for some sightseeing, some wilderness and exercise in the fresh air, and an evening at an Irish Pub.
Friday, March 16, 2012
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
It takes less time to fly to Canberra than it take to get to and from the airport for the flight. The plane was crowded, and there was a bit of a delay as they waited for the connections to transfer, but 35 minutes after takeoff, we landed in Canberra.
The ranting and raving of Don Bergquist on or about 3/13/2012
Monday, March 12, 2012
What an AMAZING weekend! Lovely weather, time in a beautiful city and time to explore it all! I have to remember to stop by the concierge desk as I am leaving today to thank Andrew for all his advice and guidance on putting together my itinerary!
The ranting and raving of Don Bergquist on or about 3/12/2012
Sunday, March 11, 2012
Today the plan is to make it over across Darling Harbour to the fish markets. According to the concierge who has been helping me with my itinerary for the weekend, they can be interesting early in the morning as they are setting-up for the day and having their auction for the restaurants. I also want to walk across the Harbour Bride to Manning and climb the bridge pylon. There is a museum there that has info about the building of the bridge which Andrew recommended as an interesting stop.
Saturday, March 10, 2012
Friday, March 09, 2012
This is the typical mid-flight screed about how I find it next-to-impossible to sleep on flights. What a bummer! The one time I have ever slept on a plane was that one time my friends had me visit a quack in South Africa that would prescribe anything to anyone.
Thursday, March 08, 2012
I wish that this trip had gone forward when it was initially scheduled. Had it, this column would be being written about the 16th of February 2012 instead of the 08th of March! This may not seem a big deal to you, but as that was my fiftieth birthday, it is a big deal to me!
Wednesday, March 07, 2012
It is a cold and miserable day here in Lakewood; it is cold and we are experiencing freezing drizzle. The forecast calls for snow today if the front that started moving through last night should finish its transit. But by then, I should be comfortably ensconced on a plane. By Friday mid-morning, that’s tomorrow from my perspective, I should be happily basking in the warmth of the late summer of Australia!
It is truly interesting to me that there are actually people who are supporting the mean-spirited and unsupported personal attack recently launched by a radio talk show host on a witness testifying on women’s healthcare. Mr. Limbaugh issued the opinion that Ms. Fluke was a slut and a whore. This is such a ridiculous error in logic and lapse in decorum that I could not let it pass.
Tuesday, March 06, 2012
Monday, March 05, 2012
Sunday, March 04, 2012
Saturday, March 03, 2012
Perhaps it is more than a semantic argument; but if so, someone is going to have to explain it to me. I know that I have railed against it before but I still do not understand why the phrase “Illegal Immigrant” is considered so bad!