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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #9: Action

Action in the air, on the ridge of the high mountains, and in the depth of the ocean – a conservative description of my husband.

My husband is adventurous. He is a helicopter pilot. He keeps his pilot license active but doesn’t fly anymore because the air traffic in southern California is too busy. When he flew, he had a close call experience with a police helicopter. Helicopters are not within the control of Air Traffic Control and pilots must use their judgments.

My hubby rode dirt bikes, but he quit before he got married because I worried to death about his safety. He broke his wrist and ankle three weeks before our wedding. Walking down the aisle with a crutch was the decision, that’s part of life.

He is a diver. Diving was something he continued to do until the Key West trip in 2011. He dived in Aruba, Australia, Maui in Hawaii several times, North Carolina, southern California, and Key West in Florida.

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Travel Highlight – Australia

My husband was born in Australia. When we started our travel journey, it was logical that Australia was our first choice. We like to fly nonstop as much as possible. It was a 17 hours’ flight from Los Angeles, the longest flight we have had.

Our first visit was to tour the Sydney Opera House. Besides the tour, we watched an opera available during our visit.

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Climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge was quite an experience. We wore the special suit that wrapped around us with nothing loose outside the suit.  It had belts and hooks attaching to the steel railing leading to the top of the bridge. It is the tallest steel arch bridge in the world, measuring 134 meters (440 feet) from the top to water level. It was a climb of our life.

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We visited his aunt and uncle who lived in New South Wales which is less than a two-hour drive from Sydney. They took us to Blue Mountain, and we went down to the visitor area that provided a spectacular view to the Jamison Valley below the Three Sisters.

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Other sites of the visit were the Koala Zoo and the Crocodile Farm.

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Before we went further north, we stopped by Port Douglas.

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My husband always wanted to dive in the Great Barrier Reef. It was his highlight of the trip. I don’t dive but had a pleasant boat ride and a spectacular view of the ocean.

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Tuesday Photo Challenge – Sand

The most impressive sand was what I found on Bondi Beach, Australia. The sand was as fine as flour. The color was beige. The amazing thing was the cleanliness of the beach. On the same trip to Australia, we went to Port Douglas which is north of Caine where Great Barrier Reef is located. We walked on the sand, then took a path to a higher spot overlooking the long stretch of the beach for photos.

As far as sand, I include a photo of the sand beach at Makena, Maui, Hawaii where we got married. We went to spend our anniversary there.

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Frank’s Dutch Goes the Photo: Tuesday Photo Challenge – Sand

 

Weekly Photo Challenge – Textures

I have posted photos of our travel in Australia. For this post, I include different photos to show “textures” for this week’s challenge.

We took a tour to the Sydney Opera House; my interest was to understand how the architecture was built to accommodate the curve of the roof. The close-up photo of the tile patterns explained how it was built.

While we were in Sydney, we went to Bondi Beach. I was surprised by the color and textures of the sand. It was as fine as the wheat flour.

We stopped by the park in Sydney and took photos of two beautiful sculptures. The trees in the backdrop and the bases have complementing textures to bring out the admirable textures of the sculptures.

We then traveled to Blue Mountain. The Three Sisters definitely have intriguing textures through the weathering over the years.

The Crocodile Farm Tour surely let us see close up of the amazing patterns of the Crocodile skins.

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Textures

Weekly Photo Challenge – Textures 

Security in Australia Airport

My previous posts on our Australia trip, I missed posting this photo of atop of Sydney Harbor Bridge. At the Bridge Climb Center, we put on special suit with nothing loose outside of the suit. We were also strapped and hooked on to the steel railing as well as hooked on to the team members. A climbing tour guide led up to the top, took the photo, and then made a U turn to go back down to the Center.

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The Sydney Harbor Bridge is steel through arch bridge across Sydney Harbor that carries rail, vehicular, bicycle, and pedestrian traffic between the Sydney Central Business District (CBD) and the North Shore. The dramatic view of the bridge, the harbor, and the nearby Sydney Opera House is an iconic image of Sydney, and Australia. The bridge is nicknamed “The Coathanger” because of its arch-based design.

It is the sixth longest spanning-arch bridge, 503 m (1,650 ft), in the world and the tallest steel arch bridge, measuring 134 m (440 ft) from top to water level.

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When we left for Australia, we had no problem passing the security from the US airport with our passports. We had no problem entering Australia either. On our return trip, we went to the airline counter to get the boarding passes. The airline ground crew questioned our passports, perhaps for security reason.

What happened was that on our passports, our last names are hyphenated. But the names on our US Driver’s Licenses are not hyphenated. Since the names on both documents are not consistent, the crew member couldn’t issue the boarding passes to us. We spent a lot of time to explain, also tried to find other identifications to match with the names on the passports.

What we could find was secondary identifications with no photos. The supervisor stepped in and examined everything. Eventually we were issue the boarding passes to return home.

Ever since having that experience, we had carefully corrected all the major documents to have our last names hyphenated.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Security

Weekly Photo Challenge: Atop

Daily Prompt: Passport

Cee’s Which Way Challenge – Cape Tribulation

We traveled to Australia. First we went to Sydney, then flew to Caine where my husband went diving in Great Barrier Reef. After that we drove north with a small rental car the size of a Mini Cooper. Port Douglas was a nice town to stop by. Then we went on to Cape Tribulation where the rainforest begins. The first rainforest we had ever come so close to, but there was a big street bump with a sign says, “Four Wheel Drive Beyond This Point.” Well, so much for our interest!

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Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge – January 11, 2017

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