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Miller a little too excited!

We made it!  After a harrowing customs experience (ask Miller whether or not the Australian authorities permit photographs to be taken in the customs and immigration area), we whisked downtown to our hotel, which was thankfully located in the heart of downtown Brisbane.  Almost thirty hours after leaving Atlanta, we were finally ready to begin our holiday. 

Public transportation is a snap in Brisbane, and everyone (thus far) has been extremely friendly and helpful.  Both Sheldon and I have been mistaken for locals and asked for directions.  We were happy to oblige, but if they followed the directions we gave, I suspect they are in the Outback by now. 

We first went to the Lone Pine Reserve, a zoo of sorts.  Specially, this reserve is dedicated to the preservation, care, and display of Australia’s unique native animals -- i.

Here we are to see our first taste of Aussie wildlife
e., crocodiles, poisonous snakes, a myriad of birds (including the kookaburra), dingoes, wombat, Tasmanian devils, wallabies, kangaroos, and (of course) koalas!  Granted, we looked like the consummate American tourists snapping photographs of kangaroos or gushing over cute little koalas, but that’s okay.  How often can you play among such animals?  Besides, it all went to a good cause.  Lone Pine isn’t your prototypical zoo with tacky displays and stupid shows; it is much more of a working ecological sanctuary.  Moreover, it was a good way to stretch our legs after so much flying and get acclimated to Australia.

Later that afternoon, Sheldon and I explored Brisbane on foot.  The city is easily traversed by foot, and the botanical gardens down by the Brisbane River are lovely.

In case we get lost!
  But Brisbane, in some ways, is like Atlanta at night.  Everyone clears out.  Restaurants (at least where we looked) were few and far between, and we finally plopped down at a Sizzler.  (So much for avoiding American eateries.)  This was a bona fide Sizzler… complete with the dessert ice cream that swirls from machines… vanilla, chocolate, or swirl.  I never made it that far.  I was stuffed… and sleepy. 

Slumber came at 8:15 pm.  We crawled into bed absolutely exhausted.  And woke up after 10 hours.  Now we’re at the Brisbane Airport about to fly Qantas to Cairns for our exploration of the Great Barrier Reef.

G’day, mates!

Chris, Sheldon & Miller

NOTE: The internet is hopelessly slow in this airport.  The pictures will be uploaded soon when we get a better connection!
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Miller a little too excited!
Miller a little too excited!
Here we are to see our first taste…
Here we are to see our first tast…
In case we get lost!
In case we get lost!
They were so cute and tame.  You j…
They were so cute and tame. You …
So much fun.
So much fun.
Awww...someone was a little tired.
Awww...someone was a little tired.
What a pose.
What a pose.
This was one of the more active yo…
This was one of the more active y…
Nap time.
Nap time.
Dinner time. He looks like he does…
Dinner time. He looks like he doe…
This was a curious young fella.
This was a curious young fella.
World largest kingfisher. The kook…
World largest kingfisher. The koo…
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