August 28-October 21
From August 28 to October 21, 2017, my wife and I became more mature and learned individuals. How? We traveled.
Travel is much more than just fun. It helps us grow. It helps us become more accepting of ideas. It makes us more intelligent. We had a 55 day upgrade.
A lesson about travel for us is that you don't have to be entertained all the time. A great deal of the enjoyment is in finding out for yourself how things are other places. I like to leave a place saying, “So that’s how it is.”
My love affair with Australia began as a biology lesson. Australia’s unique position in the world with its mammals that are so different from those of North America creates a perfect comparison lesson in ecology, evolution, geology, and more. At some point I stumbled across a National Geographic film (now out of print) called “Australian Animal Mysteries”. That film piqued an interest that never went away. One quote at the end of that film that I found intriguing was “Australia, the land time forgot.” There was just something about that quote that made me start studying about the continent. I’ve learned a great deal in 20 years of reading. By the time my wife and I made the decision to go to Australia, I knew we were in for a rare experience. We spent 7 weeks around the country in 2015, and we recently returned from an 8 week trip. While 15 weeks is not a lot in the total scheme of a lifetime, it is enough that I feel a special affection for the country and its lovely people.
A great deal of credit for the success of our trip lies with the great people who take their time to provide their expertise on this forum. My hat is off to all of you! Thank you again and again.
I hope what I have written as we traveled on this recent trip will help anyone contemplating an Australian adventure. I hope my writings convey even a small fraction of the education and pleasure we gained from our travels. I’ve added a few things here and there, but for the most part this is posts I made to my friends on Facebook almost every night as we traveled.
After this introduction I’m going to post the different segments as comments.