Saturday, August 30, 2008
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
So to more fully enjoy our trip from Perth to Freemantle, we opted to take a ferry down the Swan River. The boat driver seemed to stuck on all of the homes that line the river and how much they cost (millions to tens of millions). Notice that no pictures are here. Just didn't care. What I did care about was this dangerous possibility of falling off the boat and not living to tell about it. Seriously, do you REALLY need a sign like that? Of course I stayed COMPLETELY away from the railing. Too risky. I did lean over to catch a possibly sighting of this man-eating wildlife. Saw nothing. At least the Australians seemed to be more concerned about this said wildlife getting sick than the poor sap that is no more.
This is the dominant male of the group. Actually, it's really the ONLY male of the group. Doesn't he look intimidating? He has a dozen or so girls in his group to keep him happy. Any boy babies that he helps create are moved away once they are big enough to leave momma's pouch.
My favorite pose. Just stick your head here and rest for a day or two, maybe a week. Who knows. A rare picture of a momma and her baby.
Monday, August 18, 2008
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Life is beautiful, but it's complicated,
we barely make it.
We don't need to understand,
There are miracles, miracles.
Stand where you are.
We let all these moments pass us by.
It's amazing where I'm standing,
There's alot that we can give.
This is ours just for the moment,
There's alot that we can give.
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Okay, I have a few other pictures and stories to share from earlier in the week but I thought I'd just take a few minutes to share (or just record for my sake) how Sunday went today. First off, I was SO happy to be able to sleep in. It felt SO darn good to get up at 7 instead of the ridiculous hours I've been doing for the past week. Then a good hour run through the city of Perth. It included a run up to the top of a hill through some dense brush (just couldn't stay on the trail could you?). Then we went to church at a local meeting house. Using the LDS meetinghouse locator it wasn't too hard to find the church. We happened to pick the church that was right next to the Perth temple. It was nice to go to church today and it once again strengthens my testimony that this work is true. Afterwards we were invited to Nick and Marilyn Geracitano's home for dinner. There were a number of members that came along with a few people that are currently investigating the church. I'm so grateful for these kinds of opportunities that I get to meet such wonderful people from all over this world.
I’m “A”. I wish you would remember me, your Thai student, who learned with you in Melbourne. I would like to send you so nice pictures of you, me and our friends. I will leave for Adelaide on 10th August in early morning. I will live there for couple weeks in the hotel before going back Thailand on 23rd August.
I would like to tell you that you are my idol teacher, who makes me smile, laugh, and really happy whenever I met you. I hope you would also happy to be my teacher. I will keep our contact forever. I would like to thank you for your kindness. I will think of you whenever I’m facing problems.
Even during the winter I would recommend a visit to the RBG. They had rainforest section, a number of flowers, and a greenhouse area. Note the screen on the palm tree to keep those darn possums from climbing up and having a feast. I can't remember what type of flower the pink one was but I thought it quite lovely.
I was able to visit the Shine of Remembrance in Melbourne. The is a memorial for fallen soldiers in various wars. It was quite interesting to read their stories, see the pictures, and take a few minutes to remember those that fought for freedom and peace. I would recommend a visit there if you're in Melbournene.
So I just finished a week in Melbourne. Southern part of Australia. Winter time now so it is a bit chilly. You could run around wearing shorts and thongs (flip-flops) but it's just a bit too cold. Second biggest city in Australia with just under 4 million people. The Yarra river runs through town. Since they have hosted the Olympics ('56) and Commonwealth games ('06) the city has a number of sports venues. Probably the thing I will remember most is the wide variety of food. Each night we had something different (Italian, Greek, Indian, Vietnamese, Chinese, Japanese).
On Sunday we took a stroll through the park here in Melbourne. Lovely day. When we came across a group of people acting like frogs. We stopped to ask and they were actually doing some parkour training. If you don't know about this you can check out a number of youtube videos. Fun to watch but I'll stick to SBR (swim, bike, run). After looking at the picture I snapped, maybe I should have named this post "say no to crack".
Tuesday, August 05, 2008
On our way back from the theater tonight we run into a passel of opossum There were pretty curious to watch as they certainly were not afraid of the people walking along the sidewalk. Many of the trees are covered on their trunks with a mesh like material to prohibit the opossum from climbing up the trees. Kind of cute, yet kind of creepy.
Both of my boys have seen Dark Knight (JJ at least a couple of times). I wanted to see it but being in Australia I didn't think I'd have the chance. That's when we found out that not only is it playing here, it's playing in an IMAX theater. Can I tell you, it was WAY cool. If you have the chance, experience it IMAX style.
Monday, August 04, 2008
Well, it's high time that I post a write up of the river trip. I was invited to join a number of guys in my neighborhood for a quick day trip down Westwater Canyon. I hadn't been here since I was a teenager, chasing Katie McComber and listening to Pink Floyd in my dad's truck with Mike Bascom. That's a long, long time ago. Anyhow, we left Thursday night and it took about 4 hours to get there. Some slept out with the bugs under the stars. Me? In a tent. After eating yogurt, bagels, bananas, and cereal, we were off. The first 7 miles or so is pretty calm so there was time to get in the water and float. Water wasn't too bad. We paddled in 5 man rafts. There is no way you could take something like down that part of the river. We had about 2 hours of good rapids. I got thrown a couple of times from the raft, one of which stole my hat, bandana, and sunglasses. Darn! It was pretty dang fun. We stopped at a couple of places to cliff jump. Nothing too serious. We had yummy sandwiches for lunch and were off the water by mid afternoon. While we were waiting for the cars to come back and get us, we played this fun game called - Run-down-the-boat-ramp-slide-across-the-underside-of-the-raft-and-get-thrown-through-the-air. It was a riot. If I get other pics I'll add them to this slideshow. Thanks, Ryan! Please let us come next year.
Sunday, August 03, 2008
After a 20+ hour journey I arrived here in Melbourne, Australia. It's winter time and 16 hours ahead of home. I'm sure I looked like a fool in my shorts and flip flops while the Aussies were all bundled up in winter coats, scarfs, and gloves. It snows outside of Sydney just a few days ago. The weather was actually quite nice. The goal today? Stay awake. Just a couple more hours and I'll be able to crash. I"m looking forward to it. Last time I was here in Australia, I got up each morning around 4:30-5:00 and ran and swam. But that was in the Spring. Not quite as much daylight now. We had Chinese clay-pot meal for dinner and a walk around the town. Even though there aren't any leaves on the trees, the gardens are quite nice. The city is quite nice and I look forward to a good week here.