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Oceania » Australia » South Australia July 9th 2014

Desert Ship Territory Log Day 6 We were on the road by 9am but held up a little bit by the peak hour traffic jam at the petrol station. Jammed by everyone making their way to all four corners of this great nation of ours. The road to the Oodnadata Track was really good and we spotted an eagle feeding off a dead dingo just as we reached the Track . Once on the track it was only about 5km before reached William Creek and the road here seemed to be worse. It was a hive of activity with mostly all 4WDs and off road campers all loaded up. This place seemed to be such an institution that we just had to stop for a quick drink at the pub. Four lemonades cost $16. My favourite ... read more
Road to William Creek
Wreck on William Creek Road
Dead Dingo

Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Coober Pedy July 8th 2014

Desert Ship Territory Log Day 5 We started the day with an organised tour which I felt was a waste of money as the tour guide told us everything I had read in the tourist bureau yesterday and all the places we went to we could have gone to ourselves. One thing I did notice and was verified by our ex Opal Miner, tour guide, who looked about 85, had a German accent and walked with an unmistakable miner's stoop, was that the population of about 2000 was represented by 45 different nationalities. So far I have not come across one Australian. In this respect, Coober Pedy is so full of juxtapositions on so many levels. Where do I start. So Australian and so multicultural all simultaneously. I don't think there is a designated dump here ... read more
Coober Pedy Golf Course
Front Yard in Coober Pedy
Underground Serbian Orthodox Church

Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Coober Pedy July 7th 2014

Desert Ship Territory Day 4 Log This morning afforded us a bit of a sleep in without the routine of having to pack up and leave. We enjoyed our new digs and the novelty of living underground for a few days. There were a heap of grey nomads with a difference staying here. They were all on their motor bikes zooming around the desert. If you ask me they should be tucked up at home watching ABC documentaries. Our first stop was the town lookout, The Big Winch, but it was closed and some how we ended up in the neighbour's place. In this quirky place nothing is very well sign posted and when it is, it's just hand painted signs. Now this guy was a real 'old timer' Chinese character. With his deeply lined face, ... read more
My Hong Kong Tries to Sell Us Opals
"Space" Junk in Main Street
The Public Noodle Patch

Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Coober Pedy July 6th 2014

Desert Ship Territory Log Day 3. We were on the road by 9.00am after a quick stop at Foodland for a few supplies. After about an hour on the Eyre Highway we turned off to hit the gravel for some hard core 4WD time. Well not as hard core as Googs Track which is even more of a short cut (the sand dunes put me off going that way). By taking the 270km gravel route via Kingoonia we were going to save 400km off our time. Do you think alarm bells should have rung when I booked our accommodation in Coober Pedy over the phone, when the lady asked where we were travelling from and when I answered "Ceduna", there was an awkward silence and she responds with "I've never heard of that before"? There was ... read more
Stretching our legs on the track from Eyre to Stuart Hwy
4WD Track from Eyre Hwy to Stuart Hwy
Sturt Desert Pea

Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Ceduna July 5th 2014

Desert Ship Territory Log Day 2. We started the day with everyone totally confused as to what the correct time was. We changed some clocks and not others. No phone reception so we can't rely on Telstra for the right time either. Anyway it was light outsiđe so that was a good enough excuse for me to get up and let my sleepy slobs slumber. I took in the ambiance of the truck stop with absolute awe. A line of semi trailers all parked up with some drivers sleeping in their cabs (or otherwise-see previous blog) and others quickly running in and emerging with steaming bacon and egg burgers. The diligent Department of Agriculture officials checking each vehicle and truck some 100m away. When it is our turn to go through we tell her we are ... read more
Wildlife Sign on Eyre Hwy in WA
Head of Bight Marine Park, SA
Head of Bight Marine Park

Oceania » Australia » South Australia July 4th 2014

Desert Ship Territory Log Day 1. We travel Terra Australis in the trusty Territory and 3 hours and 62 Bobby farts later we arrived in Merredin in time for sun rise where the drive improved immensely once we could actually see the landscape. I miss my cat already. In Coolgardie we fuelled up for the first time and encountered our very first 'old timer'. The toothless wonder was fuelling up her beat up old Mazda and struck up conversation with me by stating the bleeding obvious "it's a bit chilly aye?" in an accent broader than a Queensland stockman. I smiled politely and quickly sheilded the kids from her weather beaten appearance, lack of any fashion sense and shepherded them back into the car. Her car didn't look like it would make it much past Kalgoorlie ... read more
Sign at Caiguna, WA

Asia » China » Guangdong » Guangzhou July 28th 2012

This is NOT a good place to start reading my blog. Please fast forward to my earlier trips. I have severe sleep deprivation due to flying through what seems like 115 time zones and now have the worse case of jetlag ever. Our trip is in its terminal stage and we are stuck in a terminal and things feel very terminal like that movie starring Tom Hanks called "Terminal". The incompetent, idiot of a Chinese official told us we could get free accommodation at the airport hotel through Southern China Air because we were in transit for so long. Just finding it was a chore in itself with having to take all of our luggage without a trolley which weren't allowed to leave the airport. Another Aussie family on the same arriving flight were in the ... read more

North America » United States » Hawaii July 27th 2012

Somewhere over the Pacific Ocean we skipped a day!... read more

North America » United States » California » Buena Park July 26th 2012

It was extremely difficult to wake up this morning on time let alone an hour earlier so we could take advantage of the one magic early morning our 3 day pass allowed. So we didn’t. I was awake but just couldn’t get the kids up on time. As well as that, we got a bit side tracked with still more packing for the plane trip tonight. Even though we did as much packing as we could during the afternoon break from Disney yesterday, of course there was last minute stuff of Brendan’s that he tried to jam in at the last minute when I had already decided where everything was going. We got into a heated exchange when he was trying to jam his big boots in to the suitcase. Firstly, I kept trying to tell ... read more
Kids at Disneyland Entrance
Back for another day of thrills and spills
Family Escape from Prison in Toon Town

North America » United States » California » Buena Park July 25th 2012

I thought I was going to have a mutiny on my hands this morning. No one would get out of bed. I could hardly get out of bed after the big day yesterday. Brendan kept telling me how he was over it. I don’t need this right now. Let’s just go through the motions for the kid’s sake and get it and done with. I’m not so sure that we are supposed to be feeling like this at the happiest place on earth, but we are. Our despair brought on by excessive tiredness was instantly forgotten when after we entered the gates our early bird status paid off when we saw Mickey Mouse come out of nowhere with absolutely no one mobbing him for pictures! This was our big chance to be photographed with the legend ... read more
Fireworks over Sleeping Beauty's Castle
Fireworks over Sleeping Beauty's Castle
ids at Disneyland Entrance

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