My Trip Down Under

Hey POGO and friends.  Here are a couple of the pictures I took on my trip to Australia in October.  I’ve gotta say, it’s the best trip I’ve ever taken!  Everything was so different from anything I’d ever experienced before (other than that this was the first country I’d been to where English was the native language, and even then, they speak their own wonderful version of the language)–the culture, the land, the people, and the critters.

Almost without exception, the Australians were friendly, tolerant, and humble almost to a fault.  One night around a campfire, the head stockman of the station we were staying at played the didgeridoo for us.  It was amazing to listen to, and we were all enthralled.  At the end, though, James apologized to us for not playing it better!

The distances are unlike anything I’ve ever seen before, as well.  Australia is comparable in size to the U.S., but is for the most part flat and sparsely populated.  So when we drove somewhere, we drove for 200-400 kilometers to get there, and saw few if any other cars, houses, or people.  And because the country was so wide open, you could look out the window or stand at the top of a hill and see forever.

The scenery across the country was spectacular, and each place I went to was so different from the place I’d been the day before.  Arid or semi-arid desert in one place, rainforest in another, and ocean in yet another.  One of my favorite places was Kings Canyon in Northern Territory.  I was awed by the place, which was formed over millions of years by an inland sea, and then took its shape as over more millions of years the earth eroded.

And, of course, I got to see in the wild kangaroos, wallabies, a platapus, crocodiles, sea lions, penguins, wild camels, emu, brumbies, koalas, snakes, birds of so many colors and sizes, and so much more.  All uniquely Australian (to one degree or another), and all so very fascinating.

If you’re interested in seeing some of what I experienced, you can see the pictures I took over there at www.danni.smugmug.com/travel.  I saw so much, and yet, there was so much more that I wanted to see. I can’t wait to go back!

— Danni Downing

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2 Responses to “My Trip Down Under”

  1. Scott Ameyon 08 Dec 2008 at 7:48 pm

    Crocodile Dundee Part 8

    Danni was there so long and immersed in the culture that she came back with a STRONG Australian accent. Did I say it was STRONG? She spoke at a staff meeting and I thought Crocodile Dundee was working for POGO. Rumor has it that she had to watch 56 hours of 90210 (the old school version) to lose the Down Under verbiage (http://www.koalanet.com.au/australian-slang.html#M) and the draaawwwww.

    Welcome back MATE!

  2. Neil Gordonon 09 Dec 2008 at 8:10 am

    While you were in Australia, I hope you found the answers to these questions:

    1) How can we dance when our Earth is turning?
    2) How do we sleep when our beds are burning?

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