Twizel to Christchurch, NZ

Twizel, NZ Wednesday, December 20, 2000 Late that afternoon we reached our final NZ destination, returning to Christchurch, 302 Russley, and the Carpenters.  We had dinner at the Merrin Street Bar, a local pub/restaurant.  It was delicious! Christchurch, NZ Thursday, December 21, 2000 Our last day in NZ!  What a chore repacking our bags and … Read more

Melbourne, AU

Melbourne, AU Thursday, December 21, 2000 Our flights went well, made it through customs and were met by Steve, Brett & Ryan. We were delighted to see them. After a short drive to McAllister’s home, we also caught up with Mary, Trent and Sharn. It will be nice to be in one place for more … Read more

Melbourne, AU

Melbourne, AU Saturday, December 23, 2000 “Been there, done that, check it off” was one of Mary’s patent comments during their foray to the States last Christmas, and Saturday was to be one of those. It was wine country tour day! We dropped the kids at the home of close family friends and made our … Read more

Melbourne, AU

Melbourne, AU Tuesday, December 26, 2000 Boxing Day was to be yet another busy day.  Steve, Brett, Sandy and Bill left the house around 10 for the hallowed ground of the MCG and the first day of the Fourth Test. (MCG = Melbourne Cricket Grounds, test = the five-day version of cricket, fourth = the … Read more

Road to Sydney, AU

Road to Sydney, AU Thursday, December 28, 2000 The Stines and the Henrys rose early, said their farewells to the McAllisters, piled into their rented minibus and headed north toward Sydney.  The drive was long, through very dry country, and we wondered how all the cattle and sheep could find enough grass to survive.  And, … Read more

Sydney, AU

G’day, and Happy New Year!  Sandy and I just got up after a late night of fireworks over Sydney Harbor and … but I digress … more later.  Our saga continues, and it’s been a while since we last wrote. Sydney, AU Saturday, December 30, 2000 Our first item on the check list was to … Read more

Sydney, AU

Sydney, AU Monday, January 1, 2001 The Henrys really impressed us by actually managing an 8:00am departure for their drive to the Brisbane area after our New Years celebration the night before.  That left us to a quiet morning of phoning Bill’s parents, updating the travelogue and doing lots of e-mail.  Then it was time … Read more

Cairns, AU

Cairns, AU Wednesday, January 3, 2001 Before going on, we need to describe a bit of geography. Cairns and the northern beaches are on a very narrow strip of coastal plain on which much sugar cane is grown.  Thirty miles, or so off the beach lies the middle of the Great Barrier Reef.  The area … Read more