Frankfurt, Germany | August 21, 2005
Nürnberg, Germany | August 22, 2005
Füssen, Germany | August 25, 2005
Graz, Austria | August 26, 2005
Pliskovica, Slovenija | August 28, 2005
Maribor, Slovenija | August 29, 2005
Ljubljana, Slovenija | August 30, 2005
Zagreb, Croatia | August 31, 2005
Split, Croatia | September 4, 2005
Korčula, Croatia | September 7, 2005
Dubrovnik, Croatia | September 8, 2005
Sofia, Bulgaria | September 10, 2005
Plovdiv, Bulgaria | September 12, 2005
Istanbul, Turkey | September 14, 2005
Selçuk, Turkey | September 20, 2005
Samos, Greece | September 25, 2005
Naxos, Greece | September 27, 2005
Santorini, Greece | September 29, 2005
Crete, Greece | October 3, 2005
Rome, Italy | October 7, 2005
Ales, France | October 10, 2005
Chamonix, France | October 18, 2005
Paris, France | October 21, 2005
Delhi, India | October 27, 2005
Mcleod Ganj, India | October 30, 2005
Rishikesh, India | November 7, 2005
Varanasi, India | November 12, 2005
Agra, India | November 15, 2005
Bharatpur, India | November 17, 2005
Delhi (Paharaganj), India | November 18, 2005
Bangkok, Thailand | November, 20 2005
Chiang Mai, Thailand | November 22, 2005
Pai, Thailand | November 25, 2005
Amed, Bali | November 30, 2005
Canberra, Australia | December 6, 2005
Holidays Point, Australia | December 14, 2005
Port Maquarie, Australia | December 15, 2005
Noosa Heads, Australia | December 18, 2005
Coolangatta, Australia | December 28, 2005
Sydney Airport, Australia | December 30, 2005
Nadi, Fiji | December 31, 2005
Boulder, CO | January 4, 2006

Port Maquarie, Australia

December 15, 2005

Port Maquarie highlights:

-The best fish and chips we've ever had.
-Really nice car mechanics
-Lots of kids surfing at the local beach
-Watching the almost-full moon rise over the ocean
-Nichole's first pelican sighting
-Petting and learning about koalas

We had to stop and spend a day here in Port Maquarie while we wait to get our camper fixed. We had phoned ahead from Sydney to have a new battery waiting for us here, and that all worked out, but the new battery isn't charging, so we have to get the relay replaced. A bit of a headache, but hopefully that will be the last of it.

We went to the Koala park yesterday and got to play with the cute little buggers. We learned that koalas have two thumbs on each paw, they sleep 18-20 hours a day, they're not stoned off eucalyptus, they do ferment eucalypt leaves in their stomach and their lazy manner is a result of the poor energy content of the leaves.

It's hard to get in the christmas spirit down here in the sun and beaches - even with the christmas music playing and decorations up, and scooter driving postmen wearing santa hats. The whitest christmas you get here is a white sand beach! Which isn't all bad. My brother Obie and his wife Shelbey and little Cooper are on their way down here tomorrow, and we're really excited to see them up at Noosa Heads where we'll be spending the Winter/Summer solstice and Christmas.

That's about it.

From Port Maquarie, where the fish is tasty, the car mechanics are friendly, and all the koalas are above average.
Love to everyone!
L&N

"Australian" is still a foriegn language to Nichole. She had better luck with the "Hinglish" spoken in India!



From: Heather

Australia seems to really agree with you two. What a beautiful adventure there. Glad to hear the vehicle problems have subsided! It's finally warmed up a bit in Boulder, but notta-whole-lotta compared to the warm joy you're in. Miss you. Can't wait 'til you're home. Love love...


From: krista

snow snow snow in d-town. i kind of wanted to play hooky today and have a snowball fight...oh sometimes i miss the good ol' days at phoenix house. :) australia sounds wonderful! yeah for happy updates!!!!


From: Clarice

Happy Holidays to all the family down under! The photos are becoming somewhat familiar. Have Midra give me a call, please.




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