Robert McGill

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Robert McGill


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Joined: May 13th, 2008
From: lives in Carmichael,United States



North America » United States » California » Sacramento December 2nd 2018

We got up this morning after a glorious sleep. We got to sleep in late. We had breakfast and finished our packing. I went for a nice 2 mile walk and we caught our shuttle to the airport. Ok here is the flight list. 3:30 PM, we left Queenstown and headed northwest to Sydney, Australia. Flight length 3 hours. Then we boarded a flight south to Melbourne. Flight length 2 hours. Then we boarded a flight to San Francisco. Flight length 13 hours. Then we had a 4 hour layover in San Francisco. Then on to a plane to Sacramento. Flight length 30 minutes. Then a cab home. We arrived at home at 1:00 AM on Dec. 2nd. We were dead tired. We locked the front door, dropped out of our clothes and went straight to ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queenstown November 30th 2018

So today is our last day here in New Zealand. We decided to take a cruise on Lake Wakatipu on the S.S. Earnslaw, a steamship built in the early 1900's. It is a very nice ship. We could go down and look at the steam engines and boilers. We took a 45 minute cruise to the other side of the lake. We got off and visited the Walter Peak Station, which is a sheep and cattle ranch, for a bbq lunch. We got to see a sheepdog demonstration and a sheep being sheared. The lunch was great! Some of the best food we had all trip. After lunch, we returned to our hotel to start packing for the trip home. Later, we had our farewell dinner with our tour director and fellow travelers. Most people were ... read more
I don't know, Stacy took this
One of 2 permanent waterfalls
The opening to the ocean

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Franz Josef November 29th 2018

We spent the night in an eco lodge in Franz Josef. It was a very nice place. The rain forest was literally out on our back patio. Its weird. there are not very many animals out here. No large mammals, mostly small animals and a lot of birds. They did mess up the ecology, though. Kiwi birds are flightless and raise their young in burrows. The Europeans introduced rabbits for food and fur. Soon there were too many rabbits, so they introduced Skotes, which are like Ferrets, only a little smaller. The idea was that they would get the rabbits and control the population. But the Skotes figured out that the baby Kiwis were easier to catch than the rabbits, so they ate them almost to extinction. They are now an endangered species. So, the next ... read more
Giant bird
Stacy and I on the bus trip to Milford Sound
Mirror Lake

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Christchurch November 29th 2018

I'm really sorry about not regularly sending out blogs, but we have such full days, by the time we get back to our room I am exhausted. After researching, I have determined that I have bronchitis. Its much worse at night, so I am hacking and coughing thru the night. Hence not much sleep. I am still doing all of the activities, though. We didn't do a lot in Christchurch. We did a bus tour of the city and looked at all of the rebuilding from the 2011 earthquake. The next morning we boarded a train thru the southern Alps to Arthurs Pass. We then reboarded our bus for a trip along the coast and took a side trip up to the Franz Josef Glacier.... read more
from the train
Stacy on the train
On the way to Franz Josef

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Rotorua November 25th 2018

Well, it did it again. 250 words down the drain. Have to start all over again. Our flight to Auckland was about 2 1/2 hours. We were met by our new tour director, Marty, and taken to our hotel. We had another meet and greet to meet the new people on our bus. There were 34 of us in Australia, but only 20 went on to New Zealand. So we picked up another tour, plus about 8 people who were just doing New Zealand only. So now we have 47 people on a bus designed for 48. Takes longer to load and unload. The first morning, we did a bus tour of Auckland and then we went on a 90 minute cruise around Waitemata Harbor. We had free time in the afternoon, so we did our ... read more
The Arboatum
More flowers
At the botanical gardens

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney November 24th 2018

We flew into Sydney and caught our bus to the hotel. A little rest, some dinner and off to bed. I should talk about our fellow bus travelers. There are 34 of us on a full size bus, so we have plenty of room to move around. They are all from the US, Canada and England. We told them we were from Canada too so they wouldn't hassle us about our illustrious President. But they found out anyway! They are a great bunch of people. Most are around our age. We left in the morning to go on a tour of Sydney. We toured around the city and stopped a few times and ended up at Bondi Beach, which is a huge popular beach in Sydney. When its busy there can be 50,000 people on the ... read more
Opera House and the bridge
Stacy and I
Rocky outcropping

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney November 21st 2018

Up early again, breakfast and then a short walk to the boat that would take us out to the Great Barrier Reef. I took my trusty Bonine before we left and didn't have any problems with the boat ride. The boat took us out about 35 miles, stopping at an island to let some people off. Then it was over to the reef. They have a huge floating platform anchored at the edge of the reef. They have a semi submersible sub and glass bottomed boats for those who didn't want to go into the shark infested waters. Stacy was one of them. I though donned my Lycra suit, got my snorkeling gear and headed into the water. I did always make sure there was someone farther away from the boat than me. I forgot to ... read more
Cairns harbor
Stacy looking cool
glass bottomed boats

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Ayers Rock November 18th 2018

So we drove on the bus for 285 miles of mostly desert. We checked in to our hotel. We went for a short swim at the pool. In the evening, we drove over to the viewing area of Ayres Rock and had some Champagne and watched the sun set on Ayres Rock. It was spectacular. After that, we drove to the Earth Sanctuary World Nature Center for a barbeque and talk about the indigenous peoples and the stars. The next morning, we were supposed to get up at 4:00 am and watch the sunrise over Ayres Rock. We knew it was going to be cloudy and we decided to sleep in. So far on this bus trip, we have had to get up around 5:30 am or 6:00 am every morning. Stacy has been a little ... read more
Our bus tour group at sunset
Stacy and I at the sunset viewing
During the sunset

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Alice Springs November 15th 2018

So, we got up and went to the aquarium. It was very nice. It had a long tunnel that was made of polycarbonate that you could look at the fish thru as you walked thru it. We then hopped on the free tram and headed toward downtown. We found the tour boat dock and got our tickets. We boarded the boat and took a 1 hour tour of Melbourne from the Yarra River. We booked back to our hotel for the 3:00 pm meet and greet with our tour director and the other tour guests. We met them again later for dinner and drinks. The next morning we boarded our bus and headed out for a tour of Melbourne. We stopped and took a 1 hour walk thru some of old Melbourne's side streets and alleys. ... read more
St. Patrick's church
Us in the church garden
Downtown Melbourne

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne » Docklands November 11th 2018

Well, we made it! What a flight. We left Sacramento at 3:30 pm and flew to LAX. We then had a 6 hour layover. But by the time we got a bite to eat, walked from terminal 7 to the international terminal and found the Quantas check-in, we had used up 2 hours. We sat around reading and listening to music until it was time to board. Since we were leaving at 11:30 pm we didn't think we would get any food. But they must have been on Aussie time because they served us a full dinner 1:00 am California time. After that I decided it was time to sleep. I managed to get some pretty good sleep for about 6 hours. Stacy read and watched 2 movies. The flight lasted 16 hours. When we landed ... read more
Rowers
The cricket and Soccer stadium
Art by the river




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