Back from a Wonderful Place

Nancy and I just returned from “down under.” We visited Australia, New Caledonia, and New Zealand. It was a bucket list accomplishment and we’ll be paying for it for a while but it was worth it. We’ll be headed for Memphis for Easter weekend in a few hours to attend the American Atheist Convention and more good times with great friends and fellow free thinkers.

The trip to Australia was a double celebration of sorts. Nancy and I celebrated our 40th (Ruby) anniversary on Oct 6th, 2014 and that’s when I booked the trip. We didn’t actually go until her birthday on March 11th so I should get double credit. (Those that want to reach their 40th should take note.) I have great memories and about 1500 pictures of the things we saw. In a nutshell: we travelled to Sydney and toured the city and the Blue Mountains nearby, then we took an 8 day cruise out of Sydney to New Caledonia and some neighboring islands and returning. From Sydney we flew to New Zealand for a “whiz bang” 4 day blast through the Southern Island. It was so beautiful and natural there that it actually hurt. One of the fellow travelers stated, “OK, New Zealand! You’re beautiful. Now you can cut it out.” We enjoyed our tour of Sydney. Our tour guide was knowledgeable and funny. The cruise on the Celebrity Solstice was very enjoyable and ironically the Equinox occurred while we were on the Solstice. We also noted that PI day occurred during our trip. The Islands of New Caledonia were great. We saw the capitol city of Noumea, Lifou, and the Isle of Pines. We snorkeled, shopped, and visited museums and an aquarium. Finally after returning to Sydney we flew to New Zealand. We rode a train through some mountains then we toured the country in a bus driven by a 74 year old knowledgeable, pleasant gentleman named Bruce. He drove us through beautiful country that looked like a national park—on the left side of the road. There was a lot of travelling in a lot of beautiful country. Nancy and I rode a helicopter that landed on a glacier and we walked in the woods at night and saw the amazingly cool, clean light of glow worms.

It was a great trip!

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6 Responses to Back from a Wonderful Place

  1. Sketchpacker says:

    I’m so glad you enjoyed your time! I am from Sydney myself – did you have time to get outside the CBD into the suburbs? Some of the Northern Beaches are just breathtaking, so wild and rugged 🙂

  2. AZAtheist says:

    We enjoyed the visit but we don’t plan on returning in the near future. It will take a while to pay for this last trip.

  3. vistosolady says:

    Great pictures and your words certainly indicate an awesome experience.

    Glad you are back safely and on to the next adventure in Memphis.

    Stay safe and enjoy.


    Life is a gift—-

    The way you live your life is your gift to those who come after.

  4. Jason says:

    Glad you had an awesome trip Don. Your impression of South Island NZ matches ours – like a giant national park only without the crowds. There’s nice stuff in North Island too – if you ever go back to that part of the world.

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