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One eighty

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2006

It was starting to get dark as the sun set behind the few scattered trees and the main house. They were ahead of me in the truck, driving slowly to a large tree around the side of the house. I was walking slowly, making sure not to trip on any wires or big rocks in the low light of dusk. I could just make out the high beam of the gallows behind the tree, and the truck was parked beside it. Barry was already out of the truck by the time I got there, and a tied up sheep had given up trying to escape from the pickup and lay still. The deed was already done by the time I arrived, as the other sheep lay┬ádead with it’s throat cut on the ground and Barry was starting to remove it’s hooves. It didn’t affect me as I thought it would, though maybe if I had seen it killed it might have been worse. This was a normal part of life out here on the sheep station, but it felt like a million miles away from Sydney and the opera, where I had been just a few days before. [read on]

Wind

Friday, March 10th, 2006

Traveling up or down the east coast of Australia is one of the most popular backpacker routes in the world. Tiny beachside towns, surfing meccas and trips to the outlying islands make up the routes of most people. You could spend months visiting every nook and cranny along the huge coast, and some people do. I hadn’t done too much on the east coast, but I knew the one thing I definitely wanted to do was a sailing trip on the Whitsundays. [read on]

Risky business

Sunday, March 5th, 2006

(I've added captions to some of the pictures on smugmug. If there is a series of pics I didn't caption all of them. I'm uploading a few more now.)

I'm sitting in a relatively cool internet cafe in Cairns right now. ... [Continue reading this entry]

Two coasts, two routes

Wednesday, March 1st, 2006

Happy Birthday to my sister Kendra...Hope you are having a great time in Vegas! I took a few days extra before writing again. I've just spent 5 days "recuperating" in Melbourne at my friend Jane's apartment and trying to get things ... [Continue reading this entry]

Not quite backpacking…

Sunday, January 8th, 2006
Well, I finally saw a kangaroo, it only took 13 days. I was beginning to think it was some big tourist ploy. Even Denika and Jane were surprised we didn't see any on our drive from Sydney to Melbourne. We ... [Continue reading this entry]

The Big Merino

Wednesday, January 4th, 2006
These past 6 days have absolutely flown by and melded together. Today is January 5th, Thursday. Denika, Jane and I are driving south at the moment down the coast of New South Wales. The weather is crap right now, very ... [Continue reading this entry]

Heaven, by way of the skyway of Hell

Friday, December 30th, 2005
I've been in Sydney, Australia for almost three days now. I can say without a doubt it is a wonderful city. Getting here, however, was not so wonderful. It was what can only be described as hell in the sky. ... [Continue reading this entry]