Australia is big and wonderful in all that it offers those interested in nature’s beauty — from the 12 Apostles, to Sydney Harbor, to Cradle Mountain in Tasmania, to the Great Barrier Reef. This was our first trip to Australia, but something tells me it won’t be our last. Depending on the season, we still want to experience Uluru Rock in the country’s vast interior, and the area around Darwin and Kakadu National Park in the north. One day….
Meanwhile, snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef was a thrill for everyone on the RTW team. Jacob and Alena took to snorkeling like members of a Seal Team. Sage forgot about basketball for a brief period while enjoying the electric colors of the reef and the creatures that inhabit it, and Jacquelyn got her first taste of SCUBA diving.
I witnessed some incredible sunrises and sunsets during our stay in Australia and New Zealand. I feel very blessed to have had those moments, and fortunate to have been able to harvest some of those with my camera. Meanwhile, Anne experienced some life-changing revelations regarding her life and role in the Natural world.
We visited the oldest rain forests on the planet in Daintree National Park, North Queensland and in the Blue Mountains of South Queensland. We enjoyed beautiful beaches at Booderoo and Freycinet National Parks. We couldn’t ask for more wonderful experiences.
I’m writing this in South America. It was a lengthy flight from Sydney to Santiago, Chile. We are still trying to get adjusted to a 12-hour time change. It’s rough. We are mostly chilling in Santiago before making a plane, car and boat journey to Patagonia.
We’ll keep you posted as we complete a phenomenal journey around the world that began in Iceland last June 16. Chile is the 18th country we have been in on this journey. We fully expect to be transfixed by the beauty of the Andes. I am challenged to make my memory cards last for the entire length of the trip.
Next dispatch from the road — after Patagonia.