Saturday, September 23, 2017

Our Little Corner of the World...Returning from Airlie Beach!





Sometimes...the trip to and from our port
was as entertaining as the port!


Beautiful, eh?


These two were sitting across from us on our tender back to the ship...


...they were rather entertaining!


A little reflection while heading back to the ship!


Aren't they sweet????


Brothers are pretty much the same around the world!!!


And the ship is in sight!!!  Thank goodness!!!


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Thursday, September 7, 2017

Our Little Corner of the World...Visiting Airlie Beach, Australia!!!



Our next stop was Airlie Beach...


We took the tender to the port.


...once there we walked along the bay to the main part of town...


...it was a lovely beach, a bit worse for wear after Cyclone Debbie.



Not sure how these boats survived the cyclone...I'm guessing they
were elsewhere?


We saw several boats that were beached as a result of the cyclone. 


Words of wisdom on the back of the rental car?


Quite a bit of damage done by Cyclone Debbie...
posting this certainly makes me think of the pending damage to our 
South East Coast of the US with Hurricane Irma on the warpath.
Prayers to all of you in her path...stay safe!


Lunch at a charming outdoor cafe!
I had fish n' chips...again!!!
Couldn't get enough of the Aussie's version of it!!!


Channeling a bit of Edgar Allen Poe???
(Yep...this is my paltry entry to Wild Bird Wednesday!
Well...it's a bird and it's wild!!!)


Right next to me at the cafe was this lovely bougainvillea!


Walking back to the ship, we caught a glimpse of it in all its glory!


I couldn't resist this shot...missing our Kelly!


I'm not so sure I'd want to rent this one...


I want a recumbent kayak!!!




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Friday, August 4, 2017

Our Little Corner of the World...Visiting Brisbane Australia!!!




Our first port...Brisbane!
So we signed up for the off road trek...
Now when we signed up for an off road trek, we were thinking open air jeeps...
driving through the Australian version of a forest...
seeing kangaroos and lot's of interesting terrain and wildlife.


OK...we were in air conditioned 4 wheel drive Mercedes type super vans!!!
And yes...we did drive off road over some bumps and dips in the road...
but not quite what we were imagining!
Join me in exploring the off road adventure in Brisbane!


Our first stop...for tea!
Cute little spot...pretty little church around the corner...
and interesting plants!


Next stop...Tamborine National Park...
our Aussie jungle experience!


Imagine a heavy rain...the roots of the tree making a virtual bath tub...
Time for a bath?


This tree had interesting root structures that intertwined with the original trunk...




Some interesting fungii...


And our first wildlife sighting!!!
A small group of kangaroos off in the distance, 
sharing the space with a herd of cattle!


"Kookaburra in an old gum tree.
Merry, merry king of the brush is he.
Laugh, Kookaburra, laugh, Kookabura, 
How gay your life must be..."
Sooo...I'm not a %100 certain he's a Kookaburra...
but he pretty much looks the part!!!


Ok...getting ready to throw the boomerang...
nice form...


Throwing like a boy?  Nope...didn't work...
pretty much straight into the ground!!!


Throwing like a girl...


Ramona nails it!!!
Great girl form!!!  


Next up...Dick...
we won't even go there...


The road back to our port.


Some of the Australian flora I was looking for!


More kangaroos!!!
Or...
Isn't that the same group?



Next stop...an Australian winery!


While we were there, this lovely wedding was going on in the back forty...


The lovely wine plantation building!


The view on our way back to the ship...


I just couldn't resist playing with the shadows in these mountains... 


An afternoon beer to refresh after a long day in port...


And just some random guy against a cool backdrop...
couldn't resist the pic!!!


Next stop...Airlie Beach!!!



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