Brent B

Brent B

Brent B

My name is Brent and I am from Omaha, Nebraska, USA.

“Adventure is a path. Real adventure - self-determined, self-motivated, often risky - forces you to have firsthand encounters with the world. The world the way it is, not the way you imagine it. Your body will collide with the earth and you will bear witness. In this way you will be compelled to grapple with the limitless kindness and bottomless cruelty of humankind - and perhaps realize that you yourself are capable of both. This will change you. Nothing will ever again be black-and-white.” - Mark Jenkins

"All you have to do is contemplate a simple grain of sand, and you will see in it all the marvels of creation." -Paulo Coelho

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Gold Coast » Surfers Paradise September 9th 2012

The alarm went off way too early, I don’t know if it was the time or that I wasn’t ready to leave yet that made it so hard to get up at 3:30. I showered, called a taxi and made my flight without incident. I tell you what, the most irritating thing about traveling over here is the seven kilo weight limit for carry-ons. I never check a bag, never; I fly all over the world and I only carry on. Here though they weighed my bag and I had to check it. Such a stupid rule. Anyway, I am over it… kind of. Sophie picked me up after the five hour flight back to Brisbane and we took off direct to the Gold Coast. We parked at Broad beach, changed and hit the beach. I ... read more
Meter Maids
Surfers Paradise
Lest We Forget

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Taupo September 8th 2012

My driver was to pick me up at 10:00 today, so I woke up around 8:00 am showered and pack up my things. I left my luggage in the lobby as I walked the ten minutes into town to find some breakfast. It was 9:30 I hustled and took it to go, only to have the driver be 20 minutes late. He had gotten stuck behind a wreck, but when he did arrive he apologized helped me with my bag and we were off. Mark owns the company Shuttle2U and he hosts a little three hour tour that you can take for a small fee, it was well worth it. Since it was just me I was able to have a conversation versus just being talked to, pretty nice deal. He told me about the size ... read more
Craters of the Moon
Walking on the Moon, Craters of the Moon
Waikato River

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Taupo September 7th 2012

I was happy to have a down day after the marathon day I had. Today I was able to wake up late as the first thing I had to do was transfer to the bus station around noon. So after I woke up I walked to the McDonald’s up the street and got a quick breakfast before doing a little shopping. I need to pick up some souvenirs for the loved ones you know. The coolest thing I found was at a store called Mountain Jade, they sell authentic New Zealand jade pieces, NZ jade is pretty expensive due to the fact that they do not mine in, it is found in rivers and hill sides after rains. The piece I liked were jade dog tags; I already had purchased a different piece earlier, but I ... read more
McDonald's plane on a McDonalds
Kiwi Bartenders
About 8,000 miles from home

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Rotorua September 6th 2012

What a day. I am sitting here trying to collect my thoughts, remembering everything that I did and thinking through how I am going to put this all into a blog posting. Here goes. I was picked up by my transfer shuttle just before 7:00 am, so once again an early start so that I could shower and pack my things. There were about a dozen of us that boarded the bus and off we went. We drove down the main Southern Highway out of Auckland and through small rural townships with green rolling hills dotted with cows and sheep. Once we left the city it seemed that the rest of the island looked exactly like the Shire. Never did see a hobbit though. The first stop was Waitomo, which is a cave tour that ends ... read more
Kids hanging on a Kiwi
Fiat Tractor
Holstein Cow

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland » Central September 5th 2012

I hopped in a shuttle once I made it through customs in Auckland and made my way to my hotel, the Kiwi International Hotel. It was just after 7:00 am when I arrived and thankfully there was a room ready that I could check into. The five hour flight and losing two hours was not nearly enough sleep so I was ready to lay down for a bit. The only thing I scheduled for the day was renting a plane at Ardmore Airport with Auckland Aero Club at 2:00 that day. I woke up around 11:00, had a shower, and took off into the heart of the city. The Sky Tower is only a couple of blocks so I walked down and snapped a few photos before grabbing a bite to eat and heading back to ... read more
The Harbour
Auckland, the City of Sails
NZ JRA the Cessna 172 I flew

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cairns » open water September 4th 2012

Day two on the boat I woke up early, around 5:00 to watch the sunrise. That happened around 6:20, so I was definitely plenty early. Sleeping on a boat is an experience in and of itself. The gentle swaying, and every so often a not so gentle sway that knocks you into the wall. It is easy to wake up early on boats. My quarters were nice, not as nice as my solo room with shower like I had in French Polynesia, but it was fine. So anyway, between the time when I woke up and the sun came up, I had time to make a tea and set a chair up on the sun deck. John from Sacramento joined me up there and we talked while the sun peaked out above the clouds. He was ... read more
Sunrise II
Cole gearing up
Stride jump

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cairns » open water September 3rd 2012

Today was a free day, and to steal a line from Ice Cube, today was a good day. As I wrapped up yesterday’s blog I was up early for a flight to Cairns up in northern Queensland. My first day there I had nothing to do, I arrived at 9:25 and hopped on the shuttle that took me to Hotel Cairns, it is a nice place close to the Esplanade which meanders along the water and plays host to a ton of different things. There was a little village with what appeared to be circus tents like one might see at a county fair, there were little sculptures along the path, and a ton of interesting people. Cairns is a real tourist city and it was made clear very early in my experience by the variety ... read more
Along the Esplanade
No Doubt
The Flying Fish

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Beerwah September 1st 2012

My day two started early once again. This day I would be heading up to the Australia Zoo, near Beerwah and the Glass House Mountains. The zoo was started by Steve Irwin’s father, who evidently collected crocodiles and snakes that people wanted removed from their land. With a decently large collection he decided maybe he could make a few dollars and educate people. I remember his name being Bob Irwin, so that is what I’ll call him. Bob was part of the show and would work hands on with the crocs, late in life he decided that he was a step too slow and turned the family business over to Steve, who I am certain you are all familiar with. I am here visiting on the month of his death six years ago. The park is ... read more
Kangaroo being bored with me
Me petting a roo

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Brisbane » Southbank August 31st 2012

It was a long day of travel getting into Brisbane; 14 hours from LA to Brisbane alone. When Sophie picked me up at the airport I am sure that I was smelling a bit ripe. We took a quick trip to her apartment where I had a shower and was able to meet one of her roommates, April. I had gotten in around 7:00 am so we were both ready for breakfast. Sophie took me to someplace called 63, the place had the most extensive breakfast menu I may have ever seen. There was some clarification needed on the menu but for the most part I could tell what everything was. No, I did not try vegemite; the stuff smells like death. I had some French toast, eggs, and two rashers of bacon, the nice thick ... read more
Brisbane Skyline

We woke up way too early, I had a shower and we packed up. The car was back at Avis by 5:15, and we were on the shuttle to the airport by 5:30. After we paid our taxes, we stood in line until Sophie got called to the front; evidently they were confused with the Aussie flying to Houston onto Australia. It worked out really well because it gave us some time to do some souvenir shopping before heading to our gate. We were cutting it pretty close. I bought Sophie a little pin of a blue jean frog to take home with here and remind her of the trip. I thought it would pair well with the Captain America magnet I got her in LA; I have the nickname with her roommates so I thought ... read more

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