Year: 2017

This transfer from Alice…

July 18-19

This transfer from Alice Springs to Cairns went very smoothly. I got out of The Northern Territory without another canceled flight! Yay!!

On the 19th I did a walkaround in Cairns (pronounced CANS, really). Here is a model of the Bolands Center (inside the Bolands Center and looks just like it) built in 1912/13 and one of the many classic buildings to have survived the barrage of cyclones that hit regularly.

Heading out for the…

Heading out for the well-reviewed boardwalk, it didn’t look too appealing and I think part of the problem was the low tide that left just a long stretch of muddy shoreline.

This is a plover,…

This is a plover, two people here told me so and I checked it on the computer. Yes, a plover. Plovers are everywhere in Kauai and they don’t look anything like this guy.

What wiki says: “The masked lapwing, also known as the masked plover and often called the spur-winged plover or just plover in its native range…”

Then I took the…

Then I took the bus to the Cairns Botanic Garden (Flecker Botanical Gardens). This is their Visitor’s Center with a café and shops.

This plant name reminded…

This plant name reminded me of Alex and Carol who have retrieved their boat Nepenthe from Florida overland, and re-launched her in Long Beach to the delight of all their SoCal friends and friends from far and wide who will benefit from the welcoming generosity of A&L.

And you can speed…

And you can speed your way past the mosquito farms.

My Cairns accommodation was in an extremely nice hostel, the YHA. I would have nothing but praises were it not that they allowed smoking in the courtyard that permeated the whole area. It’s the first time I’ve run into a pocket of smoke I couldn’t escape, so really, that’s pretty good.

The excitement for today:…

July 20

The excitement for today: Kuranda, up by train and back on the SkyRail.

Wiki: “Kuranda is positioned on the eastern edge of the Atherton Tableland where the Barron River begins a steep descent to its coastal floodplain. Parts of Kuranda, particularly along its eastern edge, are protected within the Kuranda National Park and Barron Gorge National Park. Both national parks belong to the UNESCO Wet Tropics World Heritage Area.”

But basically the town of Kuranda is a funky little down-home shopping opportunity.

It’s sugar cane cutting…

It’s sugar cane cutting season in North Queensland and we saw these fields throughout the trip to Kuranda and again on the drive from Cairns to Port Douglas.

A nice view of…

A nice view of the Kuranda Scenic Railway. You can just see nine cars here and I was in car fourteen so the train is much longer.

I heard sometimes they run as many as seventeen cars, and there are four trains heading up every morning so in the busy season you can imagine the numbers pouring into the little town. But they have to go-go-go when they can because tourism during the wet slows considerably.

Here in Kuranda we…

Here in Kuranda we have several large markets with mostly craft stalls, and individual shops with crafts, and people selling crafts on the street.

There are also restaurants of many stripes and some attractions such as a bird place and a koala place…

…and this dinosaur place….

…and this dinosaur place.

I could have extended my stay by several hours and enjoyed a few of the many fine walks available from here but I didn’t have time since I was going on to Port Douglas today.

…Barron Gorge and the…

…Barron Gorge and the SkyRail just stops. In the air. High high up, stopped and rocking in the noisy hard-blowing way-up-here wind. For a short minute I calculated the odds…fine, I’ll be fine, these things Never break.

Captain Cook Highway joins…

Captain Cook Highway joins Cairns and Port Douglas and it is gorgeous along here, from a speeding bus with almost no light out a dirty window, but worth it anyway.

My hostel in Port…

July 21

My hostel in Port Douglas is the building on the left and we are completely full. It’s big and extremely lively but my room is big too, the biggest yet, en suite, with a/c so I’m not bothered by the lively, and a tv with five movie channels that don’t have commercials.

The main street is one up parallel to this street so I couldn’t be more central.

“Talking to Action: Art,…

“Talking to Action: Art, Pedagogy, and Activism in the Americas”

My favorite collection was a bunch of piñatas with one of the action points being to sell piñata kits so you can make your own. I liked that idea because who keeps all those supplies on hand in our increasingly smaller homes.

This is an altar piece with a lot of symbolism that Pauli is reading about but I haven’t got to yet.

Several of the works were LA-Latin America crossovers which is also my favorites themes among the works on offer.

I almost had to…

I almost had to be resuscitated. I couldn’t BELIEVE our luck since the forecast was for clouds and thunderstorms the whole day. I was ready to ‘deal with it’. But then THIS!

Arriving back in Hobart…

Arriving back in Hobart I thought to take a stroll around and then I got myself lost. It was dark and cold so I thought to stop in a hotel where they always have maps and wifi for their guests.

I opened the door to what I thought was a little run-down mom and pop hotel, The Shamrock, But Wait! It turned out to be the liveliest place I saw in Hobart. I didn’t intend to have any dinner but dinner intended me to have it!

…they fed me dinner…

…they fed me dinner AGAIN! We had a cheese plate each evening too; a gal could get used to this. I also don’t want to forget that as soon as I get my stove I’m going to make Quince Paste. A cheese plate becomes A Cheese Plate when you’ve got some quince paste to enjoy.

Now I’m going to quote from a movie I should see…The Castle, and the quote is “Why would anyone want to go to a restaurant when you can eat like this 7 days a week?” I understand this is hysterically funny in context.

The original Scottish Rite…

June 2

The original Scottish Rite Masonic Temple and just now reopened as The Marciano Art Foundation, and thanks to Carol for having her ear to the rail she, Alex, and I went to check it out.

Lill is the one…

Lill is the one with the massively wonderful succulent garden and now she wants this.

It was a basically…

It was a basically parent-free event except for the troupe leaders. The Daisy and Brownie troupes were guests and they had a fantastic time.

The inset picture is Lilly at the door taking in the scene, excited to hit Every Single Table and that’s another picture of her half way through.

Dining Room

This is a clear…

This is a clear and illustrative picture from Wikipedia.

“Tunnel View is a scenic overlook on State Route 41 in Yosemite National Park. The iconic and expansive view of Yosemite Valley from the view point has been seen and documented by visitors since it opened in 1933. …

“The view looks eastward into Yosemite Valley, and includes surrounding features, such as the southwest face of El Capitan on the left, Half Dome on axis, and Bridalveil Fall on the right.”

(Wikipedia)

Everyone finished I think…

Everyone finished I think with no sinkers in this first round.

An hour and a half later (I didn’t stay…sooo sunny) there is a treasure hunt called The Battle of Mindil. The boats go out to find the treasure and bring it back to shore. What happens is a melee of stealing the treasure and from what I understand all the boats are ruined in the effort and the winners running to shore are tackled from all sides.

((I’m typing this from…

June 25

((I’m typing this from a bar across the street from my hotel on the evening of the 27th because the hotel internet is ‘down’ and no internet has really worked much since this tour kicked off. On to the story.))

It’s the first morning of my Tassie tour and pick-up time was 6:45am. Here we loading other guests. We were 23 in total, a very full bus with only one empty seat.

((If you’ve checked in you will have noticed that the internet in the bar wasn’t so hot either! Maybe tonight? We’ll see!)

Liz, Angela, Kaitlin, and…

May 27

Liz, Angela, Kaitlin, and Lilly and we all went out for our Mother’s Day Mani-Pedi (that I gave everyone for their gift…).

It was Fun and then we had lunch for even More fun. Thanks everyone for coming!

Then we walked down…

Then we walked down to The Last Bookstore and it was massively fun. It’s so much more than this…

Lilly conceived this project,…

Lilly conceived this project, selected the pictures, and did a good part of the photoshop too. Unicorn day (yes, a new shopping opportunity – Unicorn Day?!) is, according to google, on April 9 so she’s ahead of the game here.

Two birthdays and Maxine’s…

October 16

Two birthdays and Maxine’s Halloween Extravaganza. TOO FUN!

The birthday girls are our oldest participant Maryanne on the far right, and our youngest participant Lourdes second from the right.

What freaked out all of us is that Lourdes, and did I mention our youngest who we always call the baby, is SIXTY.

SIXTY!! WHAT?!?!

Becky, Ljubicia, Marija, Maxine, Alicia, Ann, Marsha, me, Lourdes, Maryanne

Windy wanted to go…

September 20

Windy wanted to go on the Warner Bros. Studio Tour for her birthday and her two sisters wanted nothing more than to take her.

Here are plenty of pictures for our memory and for you to get the idea.

From the brochure for…

From the brochure for the first day:

“We leave Hobart and drive through the Derwent Valley – travelling east to west across the island. You’ll see the beautiful Russell Falls, walk among the Mt Field National Park Tall Trees, and visit Australia’s deepest freshwater lake, Lake St Clair. Explore the pristine Franklin-Gordon Wild River National Park and end the day in Strahan.”

A look at an example of the small towns where we stopped to pick up groceries or have a coffee break.

My goal for today…

June 18

My goal for today was to visit my top two attractions in Canberra, the National Gallery and the War Memorial…and I did!

Here we are at the National Gallery of Australia.

…contemporary art. Experiencing…

…contemporary art. Experiencing the building just by itself is worth the price of admission. It’s free btw but you have to make a reservation.

You’ll want to read all the art-blah-blah signs around the main exhibition on the lower level. It’s nonsense, that’s what I thought, until I saw the show and had such a great A-HAAA. I love those moments!

If you liked the…

May 26

If you liked the first one you’ll like this one and if not then not. I liked them both and so did Windy. We went this morning – walked there and walked back. Windy is in preparation for her “Wild” adventure.

Heading into the little…

April 20

Heading into the little town of Waimea central to the cowboy country of the Big Island.

No cowboys here though – this is the W. M. Keck Observatory Headquarters where you can see a few things in their lobby and when a docent is around you can learn a lot, which we didn’t because there wasn’t a docent around.

After doing our business…

March 28

After doing our business in Hesperia we spent the night in Barstow and the next morning hurried on up to Calico Ghost Town in Yermo.

It’s the Colonial Williamsburg of ghost towns though – basically, shopping, but we had a Lot of fun.

I definitely waste a…

February 19

I definitely waste a lot of time doing I can’t even remember what, but also these days I’m studying up on Australia. Getting an almost 2 month trip together can take as much time as you have to put into it.

What I just discovered is giving me a big fat smile – I’ll be in Darwin for their Fringe Festival, just by chance, I didn’t know when I blocked out the travel between cities and I’m so excited because I love-love-LOVED the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh and if it’s half as fun I’m in for a treat.

Sharon and I went…

November 20

Sharon and I went to check out the new configuration at the Century City Mall. Since the Westside Pavilion is going to close soon, I decided to like it. It’s fine, there’s a big Cineplex, and about the same distance from home, so ok.

They didn’t have the…

October 14

They didn’t have the installation kit and have to come back on Wednesday. Oh well. It’s been a year, it can be a few more days.

Too bad we didn’t…

Too bad we didn’t have enough time to visit the grounds of the Wrigley Memorial and Botanic Garden but it’s always good to have something for next time.

Here’s Windy standing on…

Here’s Windy standing on the bandstand in the center of the Gilmore Girls set…Gilmore Girls and 1000 other shows and movies as well.

After we tootled around…

After we tootled around with the sails out, which is great good fun, we went back to the marina to enjoy the view and some delightful Happy Hour DOCKTAILS!

Scroll to Top