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Parkes Trip – Day 4 – The Dish

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Parkes Trip – Day 2

On the second day of our trip, we woke up in Katoomba and proceeded to have breakfast twice – first at the motel, and then at a cafe. I also realised that I don’t really know what a pixie is!

Later we went to Wentworth Falls Falls and talked about bizarre cults…

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Parkes Trip – Day 1

Today we began out multi-day, multi-destination trip to Parkes in the central west of NSW. On this trip I’m taking my telescope, which can be seen below packed in the car…

Our destination today was Katoomba. Here’s the video…

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WeFa (I)

Today we headed west to WeFa (Wentworth Falls) in the Blue Mountains. We stayed at a holiday house which I found on stayz.com.au. It was quite nice, but the web site ad had led me to believe that we would have a ‘house’ – ie. a whole house. In fact it turned out to be just two rooms at the front of a house. I think we got ripped off..

Yuko took over the desk…

Part of our mission is to try as many restaurants as possible. Tonight it was a Thai place in Leura. It was adequate…

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Traveller Returns

At the airport

Today Yuko returned from her dentistry-related trip. I therefore had to wake up early to go to the airport.

She brought be back a gift – a new ‘scope’…

Looking through it simulates hallucinogenic drugs….

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Returning from the Wilderness

In the morning we continued working for about three hours before starting our trip back to civilisation.

We had to pass through a number of gates, which my companion opened and closed – as one does in the wilderness…

Opening a Gate

We again stopped at Foxwood Farm for lunch. I ate toast again, but I also tried my companion’s wedge…

Eating a Wedge

My conclusion is that the food at Foxwood Farm is better than anything in Lane Cove. However, it’s a bit far to travel there every day.

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Programming In the Wilderness

Today I headed west – with my male companion – for a weekend of programming in the wilderness.

We stopped for breakfast/lunch at Foxwood Farm where I ate toast…

We then battled our way through a heard of cows…

… unitl we finally reached our destination – my companion’s country headquarters…

The Office

Power Generation Facility

We set up our computers and got to work on solar power…

Work Area

We worked a marathon session stretching late into the night.

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Into the Wilderness

Early this morning we left civilisation at the invitation of Greenman, and headed west into the wilderness!

Greenman has a ‘green’ place out there (in the wilderness) and so the three of us travelled there together in the hope of doing some astronomy. I therefore packed my telescope in the back of my vehicle leaving barely enough space for my two passengers.

When we reached Lithgow, we stopped and I read the writings of a disgruntled local who had recorded his opinion of the town…

We then continued, until the road ended and we found ourselves driving across a stark landscape…

We eventually arrived at Greenman’s place. The greenness was immediately evident – note the solar panels…

The problem with not being on the electricity grid and producing your own power, is that you might die at any moment in a massive explosion…

The balcony…

Although we were now in the wilderness, soon after arriving, we went for a walk even further into the wilderness, where there isn’t even solar power…

Of course, Yuko took pictures and I wore the funny touristy hat that I bought on the cruise…

Greenman has ponds because he read in a book that you’re supposed to have ponds…

The astronomy situation was looking bleak. It was cloudy all day and the forecast predicted cloud all night too.

But at about 9pm, we went outside and the stars were visible! I therefore decided to setup my scope. However, by the time I had it set up, the sky was cloudy again.

We managed to glimpse Jupiter through thin clouds, so I pointed my scope at it. Greenman had earlier ridiculed the idea of looking at Jupiter, referring to it as a ‘boring planet’. However, we were able to see four moons, a dark belt and the red spot – making it non-boring.

After a while, the sky became much clearer and we looked at a few deep sky objects – a globular cluster, a dim galaxy and finally the Andromeda Galaxy which was seen close to the northern horizon between trees.

However, what thwarted us in the end was the insects. In the darkness, we couldn’t see them, but we could feel them constantly flying into us. They were very pesky indeed and caused us to give up after a relatively short observing session.

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Nautical Adventure Ends in Debacle

We sailed into Sydney Harbour early this morning…

We reached the Overseas Passenger Terminal just in time to see the Sun rising near the SOH…

But we still had time for breakfast before leaving the ship…

We had to go to the theatre to wait for our disembarkation ticket number to be called. We only had to wait about 20 minutes before our number (red 3) was called. That’s the number on our luggage tags. When they call that number it means that your luggage will be there when you get into the terminal.

So we left the ship and entered a large area in the terminal where the bags were all laid out in rows and organised according to the colours of the luggage tags. I walked along the ‘red’ row and found Yuko’s bag and my small bag. However, my large bag (pictured yesterday outside our room) was nowhere to be seen.

We waited while more bags were brought out, but they were all different colours. I looked at all those bags too, although they were not ‘red’, but still my bag was missing. I wondered if someone else had taken it by mistake!

Eventually we decided to report the bag missing and go home without it. We had to fill in a form and leave our contact details with some dude.

Then we got on the queue for taxis which was very long indeed. When we finally got into a taxi Yuko went to sleep…

When we arrived home, we found that our fish were still alive!

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Last day at Sea

Today was our last full day at sea. Nothing much happened.

In the evening, we had to put our luggage outside our room so that it could be stolen by anyone passing by…

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