|Got the DVD in the mail yesterday, Misty should have it in 10 days. Some of you seem curious about living the backpacking life. For your info, it's like living with kids 13 to 20 something years old, just the way they live at home. Clean rooms, laundry neat and folded, bathrooms nice and clean, food kept in the kitchen, quiet and sober when they come in late. Anything else you want to know? You're living out of a bag about 36 inches tall and 18 to 20 inches around. Use your imagination!
On Boyd's request, I'll start posting more interesting photos starting now. I'll save the real good ones and bring them home on a CD. Cairns folks are a lot like us in the Southwestern US. The other states/cities tell jokes about them like we do the Aggies in Texas. They respond with some pretty good ones themselves. You couldn't get any more laid back than these folks unless you're comotose. Not quiet as much to do and see as the South Island of NZ, but enough to keep you occupied.
Some bad news. Ever since I got to NZ, I've been hearing the same opinion from bunk mates and people I get to know pretty good, that Fiji is not the place we see in the ads and media. Trashy beaches, poor food, and undependable transportation (kinda like Mexico) and not a good disposition among the natives. My current bunk mate just came from a week up there and told the same story, said he'd never go back. So, back to the planning board. Look up Vanuatu or do a search on it. It's where they film "Survivor" show on TV. Actually I'm going from Vanuatu over to Cooks Island for some very fine diving, snorkeling, and really clean white beaches. You may have trouble finding it on your maps, took me half a day.
Broke my dang bridge in two before I left NZ, having to eat everything on the right side of my mouth. Everyone likes and admires my tatoo. I don't think I'm going to do more than 2 dives a day for the rest of the trip. Four dives just takes everything you got at the end of the day, and then some.
I'm flying to Brisbane tomorrow evening, heard there's one of the finest casinos in AU down there. Two of my aussie dive buddies fly for Virgin Blue airlines down here and told me how to get a cheap ticket over to Tasmania for a day or two, so I may do that before I head for Sydney. Here come the photos. Lov, jc