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2: We started our trip with an overnight stay in Los Angeles prior to departing for Australia. We spent the evening with Lynnie and her grandkids, Bob and Rachel, and Tony and Donna. Dinner was wonderful as was the company. The following day we spent at the Los Angeles Museum of Natural History. What a great day!! | Is there a recessed gene nobody told me about?

4: The museum has world wildlife dioramas. Very interesting. Bill really enjoyed this display.

6: My Cousin, Lynnie She's more than a cousin She is my friend!

7: Beautiful ceiling in the rotunda

8: If you like DINOS... | THIS is the place for you!

10: AUSTRALIA | I can hardly believe it...I am finally going to a place I have always dreamed of. A place where kangaroos roam, where I will get to see and maybe hold the cutest, sleepiest bears in the world, and a place where the ocean is full of amazing world renowned reefs and sea life. Australia Here I Come!! We left LosAngeles behind on January 10 via Air Pacific Airlines. This was our first time traveling on a double decker airplane! We had an extremely long flight to Fiji then on to Sydney, Australia..arriving on January 12. From there we boarded a Quantas Airlines flight to Brisbane where we were welcomed by our wonderful friend Paula and her daughters, Beth and Charlotte. We were given Aussie hats, and warm hugs, and a ride to their place to shake off flight fatigue! | 12 January 2010

11: Mitch and Paula have access to a beach house about a block from the beach in Maroochydore. It was a little cloudy but the beach was our first order of business!

12: get your ABORIGINI ON!!!


14: Matthew | Bethany Tom

15: Bill and Aussie friend MitchMcCumstie | The tiny crab on this beach dig tunnels by rolling the sand into tiny spheres and kicking them out of the holes

16: Kangaroo filets and KangaBangas (sausage made of kangaroo) on the barby at Mitch and Paula's. Filets are tasty but dry and the kangabangas just tasted like sausage dogs. But everything is better with gin and tonics! Especially when Mitch makes them!! And Bill had to try the vegemite! | It's all about the VEGEMITE, mate!

18: Steve Irwin's Australia Zoo Brisbane, Australia | Started as a wildlife park by the Irwin family in 1970 it is now a tribute to the late Steve Irwin, "The Crocodile Hunter" and is owned by his widow and children.

20: Feeding The Herds

21: The Australia Zoo is very much a "hands on" experience. Visitors are encouraged to feel, pet, feed, etc an assortment of animals. The elephant feeding is a very popular feature. These regal beasts are offered chunks of fresh fruits and vegetables. Their trunks are surprisingly gentle. Paula clearly wasn't impressed!

22: What a beautiful assortment of wild animals!

25: Beth was among the 100 purchasers of Bindi Irwin's new book and thus earned the privilege to have her book signed by Bindi and a photo with the Irwin family. Front row:Terri, Bob, Bindi Irwin & Charlotte. Middle row: Tom and Beth. Back row: Paula, Matthew, and me.

27: sydney harbor bridge | THE SYDNEY HARBOUR BRIDGE is one of the most recognizable symbols of Australia. The Bridge provides a frame for one of the most beautiful harbors in the world and holds a special place in the city's heart. The Sydney Harbor Bridge has connected the Sydney CBD with the North Shore of the harbor since it opened in 1932. It is the worlds largest (but not longest) steel-arch Bridge. It was beaten in length, by New York’s Bayonne Bridge, which is 25 feet longer and opened just four months earlier. On major celebrations in Sydney history, like New Year’s Eve or the announcement of the Sydney Olympic Games, the Bridge has always been the focal point.

28: maroubra beach | SYDNEY

29: AYRES ROCK/ULURU the world's largest monolith and an Aboriginal sacred site is Australia's most famous natural landmark.

31: Our trip has been amazing!! The locals are as warm and nice as expected. We've been able to visit all of the places on my list and I got to hold a Koala Bear! Woohoo!! Now I can check that off the bucket list. I love it so much here it’s going to be hard to leave, but the fun isn't over yet...we still have 5 more days to explore beautiful Australia.

32: officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is a country in the Southern Hemisphere comprising the mainland of the Australian continent as well as the island of Tasmania and numerous smaller islands in the Indian and Pacific Oceans. It is the world's sixth-largest country by total area. Neighboring countries include Indonesia, East Timor and Papua New Guinea to the north; the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and New Caledonia to the north-east; and New Zealand to the south-east. | AUSTRALIA

34: BONDI BEACH is one of Australia's most famous beaches and among the world's most well-known beaches. The beach is roughly a kilometer long and is located on the east coast of Australia and is a suburb of the city of Sydney.

36: THE SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE is a multi-venue performing arts centre in the Australian city of Sydney. It was conceived and largely built by Danish architect Jrn Utzon, finally opening in 1973 after a long gestation starting with his competition-winning design in 1957.

38: Farewell Australia... until next time....

39: SYDNEY | AUSTRALIA | ARRIVED 21 DEC 2011 | is the most populous city in Australia and the state capital of New South Wales. Sydney is located on Australia's south-east coast of the Tasman Sea.

40: I can't believe it!! I am finally going to a place I have dreamed of ever since I was a child...a place where kangaroos roam, where I will get to hold the cutest sleepy bears in the world and a place where the ocean is full of amazing world renowned reefs and sea life. Australia Here I Come!

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