Australia

Sunday, March 17, 2013 @ 03:03 PM
posted by Dan

I’ve realized that the amount of blogging I do is inversely proportional to how busy I am. When I have a lot going blogging doesn’t happen at all, its been like that for the most part over the past 6 months or so. Last September my workload basically tripled and its been difficult to keep up with everything. One of the benefits of the busyness is that I’ve been able to travel a decent bit. About 2 weeks ago I was able to go to Australia for the first time. It was a 1 week trip with stops in Brisbane and Melbourne. I was lucky the trip even got started, as my flight left about 5 hours before a blizzard was supposed to hit Denver.

After connecting flights in LA and Sydney I finally made it to Brisbane:

I don’t understand why these are so popular in souvenir shops, but I resisted the temptation to buy any:

This was an awesome run in Brisbane. I always make a point to keep running and working out when I travel.

The Crown Casino in Melbourne… My hotel was very close by to this but unfortunately I didn’t have time for gambling. One thing about business trips is that they are extremely hectic. Lots of running from meeting to meeting, and then trying to keep up with the regular email traffic and other goings on at work. I generally use what little spare time I have for working out.

We ended up staying 1 extra day, so I actually had a Saturday to rent a car and explore the area around Melbourne. This was from a petting zoo where you could feed the kangaroos. I didn’t get a picture of it, but I nearly hit a kangaroo with the rental car. It was fairly close and I’m glad I was able to avoid it as I would have felt really bad….

We drove out the Great Ocean Road to the 12 Apostles. Absolutely spectacular scenery:

The 12 Apostles is a few hours outside of Melbourne. There is no way to make it out there without figuring out that you need to drive on the left. This was first time I ever drove on the left side of the road. It was weird at first but not nearly as hard as I was expecting.

Got back to Colorado just in time for more snow…..

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