December 1994 - January 1995

After a day on the reef, my brother, Rob, and I went back to Cairns and got a little carried away with the local wildlife.


A trip to Australia would not be complete without holding a Koala.


This guy is an emu. They make good eating.


This strange tree was one of many Australian oddities we saw.


Australia is host to many unusual animals.

Here are some Joey's


This is a picture of a drugstore window, near our hotel, Tuna Towers, in Australia. I like traveling light, so instead of bringing an extra wheelchair cushion, I just brought a patch kit. Unfortunately, I got a leak on the seam of my cushion. It couldn't be repaired with a patch kit. I ended up at this drugstore, several times, looking for some sort of replacement. Since I couldn't find anything suitable, I called my neighbor in L.A. and asked him to mail my spare cushion to me. This was the day before Christmas. Australia has a week of holidays following Christmas. I didn't know that, nor did I know Australian customs offices would be closed at that time, making it impossible for packages to get through. To make a long story, short, I was in New Zealand, with a faulty cushion, by the time my spare cushion got to Australia.

I told my travel agent I wanted adventure. This is what she put together for me.

To ensure that you have a good time on your trip to Australia,
your team members have planned and developed a special
itinerary to fill the time during your leisure hours.

Agenda follows:

Day 1: The "10 Deadliest Snakes" Fall Tour. You and a guest
will be escorted through the outback and provided with the
opportunity to handle and examine each of the world's 10
most deadly snakes.

Day 2: The "Great White Encounter". You and your tour guide
will take a small boat to the Great Barrier Reef, where you
will be able to dive into the chum-laden water and experience
the beauty of the Great White shark.

Day 3: The Aboriginal "Festival of Spears". You will be the
honored guest of a small aboriginal village as they celebrate
the subjugation of the aboriginal race by the white man, with
free liquor and a special hands~on weapons exhibition.

Day 4: The "Crocodile Dundee" Petting Zoo. You will be able
to come up-close and personal with the occasionally harmless
salt-water crocodiles of the Australian coast. Lucky audience
members are asked to participate in a croc wrestling exhibition.

Day 5: "Those Marvelous Morays". This tour will once again
return you to the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef, where you
will be allowed to hand feed special finger-shaped sausages
to the wild eels of Stubby Hand Reef.

We hope you will enjoy your trip!