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« on: October 22, 2007, 08:58:19 PM »

The days are numbered. On Saturday evening I begin the longest flight of my life.
5 hours to LA from Miami. 27 hours from LA to Melbourne stuck in Melbourne Airport for a few hours then a quick jump to Hobart arrive 2 pm on Mon Oct 29.

I am outta there the morning of Nov 8 I land in Miami on the same day. Isn't time travel wonderful.

I am staying at the Quest Trinity House in Hobart. If you happen to be in the area at that time let me know.

Maybe I should bring some varroa, small hive beetles, and AHB with me.  evil

Oh yeah, the wife is joining me.  afro

Sincerely,
Brendhan

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« Reply #1 on: October 22, 2007, 09:27:19 PM »

Have a great trip!!I hope you and your wife get a little r&r while your away. Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: October 22, 2007, 09:47:20 PM »

Have a great trip and take some pictures. don't forget to go and see geoff and mick.
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« Reply #3 on: October 22, 2007, 10:43:58 PM »

   Hope you have a great time! cool
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« Reply #4 on: October 23, 2007, 12:06:15 AM »

G'day Brendhan,
                      On our family tip to Tassie a couple of months ago we stayed at Quest Trinity House. You will enjoy your stay there as it is a nice place and very close to the centre of Hobart. If you could forward your flight number and arrival time in Melbourne we would make the effort to meet you if I could pass off some of my commitments on that day.
                     If it does not work out we will try again on your way home if we know your flight arrangements as I believe that is a free day for me at the moment.
                      Anyhow we will see how things work out.
                       Cheers.  Geoff.
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« Reply #5 on: October 23, 2007, 08:17:39 AM »

Have fun!

Sounds like a fun trip! Definately on my list of places to go when the kids move out, especially since I get free lodging.

My sister and her husband recently made the trip with their 2 kids(1yr old, 3 yr old) !! :-O  So while long, it is survivable Smiley

You Americans!  You all think that Australia is just a little island!  Geoff and Mick are as far away from Tasmania as, say, Montana from New York!!! (I don't know for sure where everybody is....).  Then again, when the Tassies come over here (MI), they think they can just stop by and visit Mt. Rushmore.... Smiley

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« Reply #6 on: October 23, 2007, 08:39:51 AM »

Have fun!


You Americans!  You all think that Australia is just a little island!  Geoff and Mick are as far away from Tasmania as, say, Montana from New York!!! (I don't know for sure where everybody is....).  Then again, when the Tassies come over here (MI), they think they can just stop by and visit Mt. Rushmore.... Smiley

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No. I knew how far away they were. I was well aware of it in fact. But I figured I would throw it  up and see who saluted.

Geoff,

I am only in the airport for a few hours but I will be more than happy to pass along the information when I get home this evening. Currently out of town in Tampa but just for one  day.

Sincerely,
Brendhan

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« Reply #7 on: October 23, 2007, 09:05:42 AM »

Brendon, our travellin' man.  Have a safe and great trip, that is a long ways, good that your wife is travelling with you, that makes for some nice company.  Have a wonderful day, best of our life. Cindi
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« Reply #8 on: October 23, 2007, 04:13:07 PM »

I think someone should call and warn Tasmanians there's gonna be a new devil in town!! Wink
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« Reply #9 on: October 23, 2007, 08:48:03 PM »

Geoff

Alright, if you can make it your on.

My flight is Quantus from Los Angeles to Melbourne. Arriving 8:55 am  Flight # QF94.

Now I have no cell phone in Melbourne. I have no idea where anything is. And I have a flight that leaves at 12:50 to Hobart. So if you can pick an easy landmark out at the airport (a place that has food that is edible). And a specfic time. I will be there provided the plane arrives on time and everything goes smooth.

You be looking for two silly looking Americans who will look exhausted, smell bad because they have been in a Sardine can for 27 hours, and have no clue what they are doing. That would be us.

I see just this alone as a great adventure. Smiley

Sincerely,
Brendhan

PS. If you get us so smashed we miss our connecting flight we are moving in with you.  evil

PPS. Hey Mick, Step up to the plate and join us. Smiley
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« Reply #10 on: October 23, 2007, 08:50:37 PM »

I think someone should call and warn Tasmanians there's gonna be a new devil in town!! Wink


muhahahaha   evil evil evil evil evil evil evil evil

It will never be the same.

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« Reply #11 on: October 24, 2007, 03:51:21 AM »

I will see if I can get some time off work.

A week in Tassie is enough to see the whole joint.

If you are staying in the same place the whole time, you can easily make it back from wherever you are in the same day.

I would do the eastcoast drive, the westcoast drive, a trip up the guts from hobart to launceston. Thats three days. Then zig zag east to west for a couple of days. There isnt a lot to do apart from look at the scenery.

Make sure you have a look at the lakes in the highlands, and the only touristy thing I would do is a cruise up the Franklin River or a flight if you can afford it on the seaplane.

Make sure to stop in at every pub! Dont miss Ringarooma, Pyneganna (the pub in a paddock) Huonville, Zehan and call in and see Don Smith at the Kings Meadows Hotel in Kings Meadows, tell him Mick Bolman from the harp Hotel sent you and he will shout you lunch, tell him I said he has to.

Wineglass Bay, Triabunna, St Marys with the inbreds, Scamander, the Gordon River, give Port Arthur a miss, dont go on any "Coach tours".

Tell the greenies that you love trees and tell the loggers that you arnt a greenie.

That about covers Tassie. Eat Crayfish, Scallops and Oysters. Go to the Drunken Admiral in Hobart for Dinner. Dont bother with the two casinos unless you want a game of Two up for the fun of it.

The Botanical gardens in Hobart are ok, have a peek at the Art Gallery too. Not much to see in Launceston except the cataract gorge. Hobart is 1 hr from Launceston and there are people from either town that are 90 and havent been to the other.

Most of all, call into every pub and ask what is worth having a look at.

Tasmaniacs are the friendliest people on earth. I am PMing a girl I know down there to see if she has any time off. PM me your cell phone number if you can and I will give it to here and get hers for you.

You wont need a 4wd to get anywhere off thebeaten track at this time of year.

If you want to catch a 10lb trout, have a go in the highlands on one of the lakes, thres plenty of guides and they dont cost much.

No one will rob you or rip you off, there is no such thing as "tourist prices" in Australia.

Eat in the pubs, "counter lunch in the Public bar" is the go.

Its light at 5am and dark at about 7, so get up early and go to bed late. You can see sunrises and sunsets over the ocean every day and they are always great down there.

The only souvenier I would buy is somethng made out of Huon Pine. The only Huon Pine around now days is from the bottom of lakes, its a special timber, google it.

There is cascade beer in the north and boags in the south. Boags makes you fart.

To summarise, the east coast has lovely deserted beaches, the west coast has rugged cliffs. The guts has mountains and lakes. The air is the cleanest in the world and so is the water. Therefore the beer is good.




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« Reply #12 on: October 24, 2007, 07:31:20 AM »

Hi Mick,

That is an awesome list.

I hope you can make it.

Sincerely,
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« Reply #13 on: October 24, 2007, 10:34:19 AM »

Have a great trip and do some fly fishing for me!  Its one of the worlds great fly fishing destinations. One of a handful of places you can catch huge trout in gin clear waters. Truly top shelf!
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« Reply #14 on: October 24, 2007, 01:32:20 PM »

have fun.  finally got an email from my son and they just left.  he had a great time.  got to do some diving and spent a great deal of time in the pubs  smiley  ditto the pictures.  take lots!!

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« Reply #15 on: October 24, 2007, 06:26:33 PM »

Hey Mick. Are you going to do the next Lonely Planet book on Tasmania? Got to get rid of one commitment on Monday if I can and if I do will be at Tullamarine on Monday.
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« Reply #16 on: October 26, 2007, 05:47:40 PM »

Excitement and madness is upon us. In a little more than 24 hours I and my wife are on a plane to Tasmania. We make a stop in Melbourne along the way.

A couple of messages with Geoff and we are going to meet him on our way. Provided customs inspectors don't beat me up to badly.

This is going to be a very exciting trip I can tell already.

I am going to bring back pdmattox some Jack Jumpers.  evil


Sincerely,
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« Reply #17 on: October 27, 2007, 01:34:59 PM »

I am leaving for the airport in an hour and half. Everything is packed.


I am outta here.

Geoff see in a day or so. Cheesy


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« Reply #18 on: October 27, 2007, 06:48:50 PM »

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« Reply #19 on: October 28, 2007, 01:59:45 AM »

On my lay over in LAX. Adventures so far:

You must have a visa to travel to .au
So $50 dollars later my wife and I have one.

I left my leather jacket on the plane from Miami to LAX. I am telling my wife I am going to buy one made of kangaroo hide. She is threatening to never speak to me again. So this may be a good thing all around. Wink

Flight may be running late to Melbourne.

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« Reply #20 on: October 28, 2007, 11:02:02 AM »

vacations are a great time to stop that ticking clock   evil

i hope the rest of your trip goes more smoothly, but the hitches are the things that make the trip memorable. 

you may get your jacket back.  sometimes an honest soul will turn things in.
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« Reply #21 on: October 29, 2007, 12:29:54 AM »

Just a quick note to all.

I am in Tasmania. I am at my Hotel. I meet Geoff. What a great guy!!!

My plane ran really late into Melbourne so we didn't get to spend a lot of time together. But we still had a wonderful meeting. Pictures to be posted later.

Must go and deal with Jet Lag. Cheesy

Sincerely,
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