Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Who, me?

I'm new at blogging and just realised my "about me" story was too long to appear on every post. So I'm putting it in here and simplifying the repeating intro. I'm an ordinary Aussie bloke who loves to travel. I did manage to get some glimpses of overseas travel with the RAAF as an Engineer - Keesler AFB Biloxi in the '60s, short trips to Auckland and also nearby islands (Cocos and Keeling, Christmas, Norfolk, Java) in the '70s, but until 2003 I had never really travelled overseas as a tourist. Things like living, raising a family, responsibility – all that humdrum stuff got in the way. So I traveled my own wonderful country.

With the RAAF I probably saw every small airport in Australia, and also most military ones. We covered a lot of the East Coast on a caravan wander for ten months in 1997-98 - from the Yorke Peninsula to Gladstone via the coast and inland to Lightning Ridge and Broken Hill and almost every town in between.

Every year we wander from Pottsville down to Melbourne and back, trying different routes each time if we can.

Later I'll post a few pics and memories from those trips.

But I always had an urge to see the world. One of my sons had managed to wander the USA, East Asia and Europe; I would have loved to have gone with him. Then, in 2002 I discovered that I had more interesting blood than most people and decided that all those years of saving for a rainy day had finished. In fact, I decided that the rain was coming down in buckets and it was time to satisfy that wanderlust. So, since that day, we have been around the world twice and to Fiji and New Zealand between trips. I still wander the East coast of Australia each year, but I’ll always have that urge to see faraway places.

Some may know me from other places too, if this sig looks familiar:

Alan, T2, Australia
Everything in Moderation, Except Laughter.

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