Australia, mate

March 3-14 2004

random trip report

NOTE: Some of the photos (the good ones) are by Dave Gedye. Dave's written account (and many additional photos) are here.

Erica and I went to Australia. We stayed for 6 days in Sydney with Dave Gedye, who graciously took time off from work to show us around. Among other things, we:

Notes: 1) Dave owes me a schooner of beer from a bet about the height of Mont Blanc. 2) These pictures make it look like I wore the same Hawaiian shirt the entire time. Almost, but not quite.

A typical Sydney beach

Sandstone has good holds but is slippery


View from North Head

Gedye pays homage to his guru

That's the opera house in the background

National Art Gallery

Australian for food

The columns had speakers and made various sounds

U umlaut?

The dip

Near base of bridge

opera house w/ catwalk

art shot 1

art shot 2

bridge climbers

more of same

On our last day in Sydney it was over 100 degrees - the hottest March day on record. Here's Erica suffering.

super-hot day

the two Daves boldly look to the future

There are some humongous spiders in Sydney. These ones were about 2-3 inches across

a look of concern

big machine

main locomotive room

what a cute guy!

Then Erica and I flew to Adelaide and were there for four days, mostly to attend the arts festival there. We took in a bunch of stuff: We took a city bus out to the Cleland Wildlife Preserve. Highly recommended - all sorts of Aussie wildlife in fairly natural settings. Roos, wallabees, tasmanian devils, emus, lots of birds. No crocs. You can buy a bag of kangaroo food and feed them.

Then we walked a couple of kilometers to the summit of Mt. Lofty, the highest point (700 meters) in Australia south of the Flinders Range. I think it was named sarcastically - it's more of a hillock or a knoll.

Our hotel had an enormous marble bathroom with a window to the outside. Kinda weird.

More bathroom

Signpost at Adelaide University

Erica with aboriginal dancers

Gum trees

Tasmanian devil

Momma kangaroo and Joey


More gum trees

A lorekeet

Erica feeds emu

More lorekeets

David at summit of Mt. Lofty, which towers several dozen meters over the surrounding plains

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