‘Now voyager...

sail you forth to seek and find.’

(Whitman)

February 21, 2018

That’s what I get for trying to outsmart a computer.

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February 21, 2018

First, some old business: Leaving Thursday Sunday, we headed west across the Arafura Sea. It is probably named for inhabitants of Indonesia’s Moluccas (Maluku Islands) who called themselves ‘children of the mountains’: haraforas. Interesting factoid: During the Ice Age, circa 18,000 BCE, sea levels were so low, peoples crossed between Australia and...

February 19, 2018

It’s Tuesday (here): I’ve been trying since Sunday to get online, but serious bandwidth issues have prevented it. Hence, my posts aren’t as timely as I would like.

My remedy is, after I report on tomorrow's excursion in Darwin, Australia, assuming I can get online, I am going to launch a second blog for the second half of the trip. I think it’s th...

February 17, 2018

I took this first picture around sundown from the starboard side of the ship, hoping to find a Name That Cloud contestant, but by the time I got up from the table and to the window, the cloud had started to blow apart. I do see a couple cute characters, but, moving along...

A young lady in the dining room said, Go to the other side for the sunset. S...

February 17, 2018

“It’s ‘Cans,’ Mite!”

It may be spelled CaiRns and look like it should rhyme with ‘fair+n’ but the Aussies say ‘Cans’ with a really nasal ‘A’ diphthong. Not pretty. I never got into the city so I can’t say if it’s pretty or not, but the territory is.

This is the home of the Great Barrier Reef, which stretches along Queensland’s coast for 1,400 miles....

February 15, 2018

At anchor, today’s included shore excursion was a half-day at a posh resort in Paradise — in a Coral Sea archipelago off the coast of Queensland, discovered in 1770 by, of course, the amazing Captain Cook. The original inhabitants were the seafaring Ngaro, who remained here until 1870.

If you have a spare million — or ten or twenty — thi...

February 14, 2018

At home in West Newbury, I hardly ever see a sunset because only one tiny hall window faces west. I could see lots of sunrises from my large living room windows but that would necessitate getting up early.

Being on a ship at sea, I can see half the sky all the time from my balcony. The other half of the sky is on the other side of the ship.

If it...

February 14, 2018

I haven’t heard anybody called ‘Mate’ yet, but there’s still time. We’ve got another week in Australia.

I’m behind, so I’ll forego an episode on Foods of Feasts Past and concentrate on daily doings, not nightly eatings.

We left Sydney Sunday evening en route to Brisbane (see proper pronunciation and map), 545 nautical miles. Which reminds me… Total...

February 12, 2018

One of our lecturers, retired British Navy, thinks James Cook was the greatest captain, navigator, explorer of them all. Cook sailed into Botany Bay in 1770, claiming the whole east coast of what is now Australia for England, calling it New South Wales. The Aboriginal peoples had been here for 40,000 years. They remained part of the Sydney city pop...

February 11, 2018

Yes, girls and boys, it has finally happened: My reputation has preceded me.

Leaving the ship yesterday morning, I was waiting at the top of the gangway as a long line of visitors wended their way up and into the ship. I figured them to be the latest gaggle of travel agents being brought onboard to view this floating 5* hotel. The last man in line l...

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