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North America » Canada » Ontario » Ottawa April 13th 2011

G'Day mates: Well the weather has turned for the better, this morning we woke up to sun and at 9:30 it was already 29 C. Today Gil showed us the Copperlode Damn just outside the city of Cairns, to get there we had to drive up the mountain where we had a beautiful view of the entire area. Once we came down the mountain we drove to Crystal Cascades - a waterfall and swimming hole which runs off the mountain. Next we drove to the city centre and seen several trees which were half full of huge Flying Fox bats. Sunday was also another nice day 30C plus temperatures for our trip to Port Douglas for the Sunday morning market. A lot of crafts and local art at this outside market and the coconut man - ... read more
Port Douglas, Australia
Great Barrier Reef, Australia
Great Barrier Reef, Australia

North America » Canada » Ontario » Ottawa April 9th 2011

G'Day mates: After saying goodbye to our Aussie friends we took the high speed catamaran ferry from Hamilton Island to the mainland, where we picked up our rental and headed north to Townsville. Enroute we drove past miles and miles of sugar cane, and I tried my hand at driving on the right side of the road. Here we parked the car and boarded our second CAT ferry for the day which took us to Magnetic Island for the night. WOW! a real bed after 9 days!! The morning had us participating in a 2 hour wildlife experience in Koala Village where we received an educational presentation on the island's wild inhabitants, plus we were able to hold crocodiles; black cockatoos; snakes; lizards; plus the highlight was holding a Koalo Bear. After a bus tour of ... read more
Gregory Dev Road, Australia
Cape Tribulation, Australia
Cape Tribulation, Australia

North America » Canada » Ontario » Ottawa April 7th 2011

Happy Birthday to moi, Happy Birthday to moi. Well yes, but not really. Today wasn't my actual birthday, just the day I got to cash in my gift. For my birthday, Gali's parents got Gali and I tickets to the Canadiens' hockey game in Ottawa. Of course, the gift included dinner at the Works (one of the best burger joints around)! Gali picked me up from school and we headed out towards our country's capital. As we reached Jean Talon, Aviad, Gali's brother gave us a call and decided to come along. His friend Steph had invited him to the game so he drove to meet us and we all continued west. Arriving in Ottawa was traffic filled but the radio kept us company as we sat and sat and sat. After picking up Steph we ... read more
The Works
The Works
Departure Time

North America » Canada » Ontario » Ottawa April 3rd 2011

G'Day mates: We are offically in Australia ... After a three and half hour flight from Auckland, we landed in Sydney where we met up with our Canadian/Aussie friends Don and Hilary and boarded our two hour flight to Hamilton Island to start our Whitsundays adventure. Waiting for us was a 36 ft sailboat , Jasambri II. The first afternoon/evening we spent buying groceries and getting everything in place so we could set sail the next morning. By the way the temperatures are between 24-28 and this is without sun... Day one: Gilligan emerged, ask Fred. We set sail from Hamilton Island at 10:30 for Nara Inlet on Hook Island. We both had a turn at the helm and despite grey skies and rain it was a great time. We anchored for the night as we ... read more
Whitsundays, Australia
Whitsundays, Australia
Nara Inlet, Whitsundays

North America » Canada » Ontario » Ottawa March 28th 2011

Less than an hour after I arrived in my nation's capital, the government of Canada fell. We'd been warned that it would happen. I watched things unfold on the live TV on my flight from Calgary to Ottawa. By the time I got to my hotel room (that smelled like a cross between a museum and an ashtray) three blocks away from Parliament Hill, the non-confidence vote had taken place, and the government was done. I was in Ottawa, my nation's capital, for the first time ever to attend a geoscience student research conference (although representing one of the sponsoring organizations which I volunteer for, not as a student) but as always, I made sure I had at least one day to explore the city myself. I started out by visiting Parliament Hill which, thanks to ... read more
The Spirit of Haida Gwaii
The flame
The Clock

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North America » Canada » Ontario » Ottawa March 25th 2011

G'Day mates: We have left Rotorua and headed two hours south-west to the Waitomo Caves, where our tour started with us walking down into a limestone cave and viewing the strange formations that surrounded us. First stop was the deep limestone shaft known as the Tomo and then onto the Cathedral cavern, where opera singers and choirs have performed in the past. Then we got into a small boat in an underground river and travelled through the caves where we viewed the beautiful glowworms, which hang from the ceilings of the caves. It looked like a starry night sky. Then we drove over two hours to Ackland where we are spending the night to catch our early flight to Sydney, Australia then another flight to Hamilton Island. The blog will be on hold for nine days ... read more
New Zealand
New Zealand
New Zealand

North America » Canada » Ontario » Ottawa March 24th 2011

G'day Mates: Our stay in Rotorua, New Zealand has been a very exciting experience, with the following three highlites: First was Te Puia, New Zealand's premier Maori cultural centre and the home to the world famous Pohutu geyser. They also train Maori students to carve and weave with local material. The tour took us through the park and explained the Maori cultural. We also saw two Kiwi behind glass in a nighttime environment as the birds are notural. The geyser - which erupts twice every hour for about 30 minutes - is surrounded by a large pool of boiling mud. Wednesday evening was the Tamaki Maori Village where we stepped into a tradiational Maori village deep in the Tawa Forest. There we experienced an evening of ceremonial ritual and performances followed by an hangi feast (all ... read more
Rotorua, New Zealand
Te Puia, Rotorua

North America » Canada » Ontario » Ottawa March 22nd 2011

G'Day mates During a five hour delay due to Mother Nature flooding the roads, we took the opportunity to climb Paku Summit which over looks Tairua and Pauanui Harbours. The sun came out so we had an excellent view from the top. Mid-afternoon we were able to depart Tairua, driving 3 hours to Rotorua finishing the day off with an excellent meal of NZ lamb. Clear sky this morning.............the adventure continues !!!!!!!!!!!!!... read more
Paku
Rotorua, New Zealand

North America » Canada » Ontario » Ottawa March 21st 2011

G'Day mates Well we had two fantasic days in Tairua, North Island, New Zealand... our first day was hot, humid and sunny, and even with jetlag we managed to do a lot. First place we walked was to the Gazebo, 10 minutes from our B&B, where we found a gazebo overlooking a great view of the harbours - Tairura stands for two harbours, two tides. We continued checking out the local area for at least an hour walk where we found New Zealanders' to be very friendly especially when you're misplaced. After scouting our the town we took a short ferry ride to Pauanui a place with a beautiful beach and huge summer homes - they also surf on this beach. On our second day we had rain, but that didn't stop us. We travelled by ... read more
Tairua
Tairua
Tairua

North America » Canada » Ontario » Ottawa March 21st 2011

G'Day mates Well day three has started out with us land locked by Mother Nature. We've experienced rain all but three of the last 48 hours. The roads to the north and south both being flooded. We're hoping at low tide we should be able to travel to our next destination.... read more
Tairua, New Zealand




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