This will be my last entry for at least a few days, and quite possibly as much as three weeks. The reason is that in about half an hour I’ll be leaving for the airport, and thence to Australia for about…you guessed it, three weeks. The rough itinerary is

  • Sydney
  • Blue Mountains
  • Hobart
  • Cradle Mountain NP
  • Grampian Mountains
  • Melbourne

I’m not taking a laptop, so I won’t be checking email; the only way I’ll be on the net at all will be if I stop in at an Internet cafe in one of the cities, and that won’t be for long. I am taking a digital camera with enough memory for about 500 pictures, and a digital sound recorder, so when I get back you can expect to see and hear tidbits from the trip. Maybe there’ll even be pictures of a real live platypus, from Taronga Zoo in Sydney and/or Healesville Sanctuary near Melbourne. If I’m really lucky maybe we’ll spot one in the wild, most likely during the Tasmanian part of the trip, but I’m not counting on it.

No matter what, this promises to be a really exciting trip. My last serious vacation was four years ago, and who knows when the next one will be, so I certainly intend to make the most of it. Everyone take care of yourselves, and I’ll see you all when I get back.