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Mad Aussie
06-05-2010, 04:02 PM
My younger brother and his family (wife Mandy and 3 yr old son Dean) have embarked on a huge journey. In their Hilux 4WD, and towing a caravan, they are traveling across/around Australia.

They left a couple of weeks ago from their home (about 45 mins drive north of my location) and have covered some 1600 kms and have some stories to tell already.

They intend to travel across the country to Alice Springs in the centre and see the Rock before going up to Darwin and then across to Western Australia (WA) and traveling several 4WD routes down to the Sthn end of WA (where I was last year) and then across the bottom of the country through South Australia, Victoria, New South Wales and then home once more. BIG trip!

I've created a map that I update for family and friends here to show their travels ... Graeme-Mandy-Trip-2010 ? (http://ridewithgps.com/routes/81689)

Speaking to Graeme last night on the phone I asked if he minded if I put up a post here to show his photos from the journey.

He has an old D60 (yes D60, not 60D) Canon and a single lens ... a 28-135 I think from memory. They have a laptop and Graeme and Mandy are limited in their post processing skills so the photos we'll see are all straight out of camera!

As I get time, and as they show the photos I'll keep updating this post and we can all travel around with them.

Graeme and Dean in Gayndah with their first fish of the trip
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The Hilux and gear at the Big Orange in Gayndah
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Starting to get 'out west' now! On the road between Springsure and Tambo ... between 800 and 1050 kms into the journey.
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Tambo is typical of small towns out in this part ...

Looking one way ...
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Looking the other. That's the whole town!
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A Polo game in Tambo
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Graeme and Dean with a pony
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Bambi
06-05-2010, 07:47 PM
wow what a trip. And with a 3 year old!

thanks for taking us with them :)

Mad Aussie
06-05-2010, 07:56 PM
wow what a trip. And with a 3 year old!

thanks for taking us with them :)
It's going to be way cool to follow them pictorially for sure. Most us never venture out there.

In a few days they will stay at the 'Walkabout Creek Hotel.' Can anyone tell me if that sounds familiar ;)

Mad Aussie
06-05-2010, 08:00 PM
A Boab (Bottle) Tree beside the road.

Every boab tree is unique. They have character and personality as you would expect of such an ancient creature. Some individual boab trees are 1500 years old and older, which makes them the oldest living beings in Australia, and puts them amongst the oldest in the world.

Aboriginals used the giants as shelter, food and medicine. For the white settlers they served as easily recognisable land marks and meeting points, and not to forget as impromptu prison cells. - The Boab Tree - A Kimberley Icon (http://www.outback-australia-travel-secrets.com/boab_tree.html)
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One of many 'Road Trains' common to these outback areas. While on the phone to Graeme one evening last week he counted 5 of these in a 20 min phonecall!
Out on the bulldust roads in Aussie outback you can see these things coming up 30 mins before they arrive. There's a cloud of dust that continually grows larger as they approach. When they are getting close ( a few minutes away still) you find somewhere to pull over out of the way and wait until they pass. These things can't stop in a hurry. They've killed you and still skidded another 500 metres before getting stopped and looking for survivors if you don't! 62 wheels can do a lot of damage! Makes the 18 wheelers seem kinda toy-like huh?
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The famous 'Black Stump' at Blackall. This is a stump that was used to do some of the original surveying of outback Queensland. It is immortalized here and with sayings such as 'Beyond the Black Stump' which means WAAAAAAAAAAAY out in the middle of nowhere!!!
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Australia has lots of 'Big This' and 'Big That' ... the Big Banana, The Big Pinaapple, The Big Cow, and also this one ... the Big Sheep ...
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The Bustling heart of Isisford
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Bambi
06-05-2010, 08:11 PM
walkabout creek hotel does sound familiar. Tell them to be careful of crocodiles!

Isisford looks as bustling as Bridgewater. :)

Mad Aussie
06-05-2010, 08:14 PM
walkabout creek hotel does sound familiar. Tell them to be careful of crocodiles!
You're on to it :) The hotel in Crocodile Dundee!

Mad Aussie
06-05-2010, 08:19 PM
Bath time in Isisford
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Keep your shoes on in Isisford! And maybe check inside them BEFORE shoving a foot in!
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Dean's 2nd fish and the 1st on his own rod!
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It's a bit sparse out near the town of Ilfracombe!
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Gets cold out here ...
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Uhoh! Bogged in Isisford! Look closely at the canopy of the 4WD ... there's a weird looking bend there!
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That bend is serious. The chassis has bent! They will spend the next week and a half in Ilfracombe awaiting for the chassis to be strengthened in nearby Longreach.
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Mad Aussie
06-05-2010, 08:24 PM
At least Longreach has some attractions. Here's some Monster Trucks. Dean gets up close and personal with them.
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Deans new hat. "Ah gots one like ma pa now!!"
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Mandy captures a beauty sunset!
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Heeeeeeeeres Mandy!
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Graeme and Dean fishing for Crocs
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Oh relax ... I'm kidding about the crocs!!! :headslap:

I love this one!! A Cattle Road Train against the sunset
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Mad Aussie
06-05-2010, 08:27 PM
Would YOU hold a snake that was big enough to eat you?
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And that's it for now ... we are up to date.

I'll update as photos become available.

Hillbillygirl
06-06-2010, 06:16 AM
This is awesome. Thanks for taking us on this journey, so far. Please do keep updating as they go.
As for holding the snake? That is a definite YES, love snakes, I think they are beautiful creatures.

Iguanasan
06-06-2010, 08:28 AM
What an interesting story to follow.. thanks for sharing. :clap:

edG
06-06-2010, 09:19 AM
cool pics, great memories - :thumbup::thumbup::thumbup:

Mad Aussie
06-06-2010, 03:20 PM
Thanks HBG, EdG, Iggy.

It should be very interesting as they go along.


A few days ago Graeme bought a genuine working stock whip that was made by an Aboriginal man. The town was a small place and the man who showed Graeme how to tie the ends so it will 'crack' when he whips it was the Chief of Police. Life in a small town.

jumpinjimmyjava
06-06-2010, 04:12 PM
Wow, what a road trip Mad. I wish I was going with them! Well in a way I am. Thanks Mad. I would love to see your fascinating country - jimmy :)

Mad Aussie
06-07-2010, 01:33 AM
It's an amazing country in the centre for sure Jimmy. I've never seen that area (other than flying over it) so I'm going to enjoy Graeme and Mandy's photos and stories also.

Marko
06-07-2010, 10:02 AM
wow what fun shots along with stories - Thx for sharing them!

kat
06-07-2010, 12:15 PM
Great thread. LOVE the pajama photo! :)

JAS_Photo
06-07-2010, 12:24 PM
Great adventure, M.A. I like those bottle trees! It looks pretty dusty out there!

Mad Aussie
06-07-2010, 04:31 PM
Thanks Marko, Kat and JAS.

I figured this thread will show you things you are likely to have never seen before. I'll keep talking to Graeme by phone and getting those little snippets of info as well.

u666u
06-07-2010, 06:44 PM
This is going to be very interesting.I love the polo shot!!!Gale:evil2:

Mad Aussie
06-20-2010, 04:33 PM
Got a call from Graeme last night and they are in Australia's 'Red Centre' ... in fact ... they are camped beside Ayre's Rock for the next few days! He said it's amazing.

There are lots of photos to look through so I'll get started on catching us all up.

Combo water hole where the song Waltzing Matilda was inspired.
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Dean getting some Bogan (Redneck) training from his Dad!
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Inside the Walkabout Creek Hotel from Croc Dundee
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Sure is red out here between Longreach and Mt Isa ...
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Grasshoppers in flight near the Northern Territory border ...
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Sunset at Tobermorey Station .... a huge 'Ranch' for you North Americans
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Hows this for an Ant Hill?? I'm not kidding either ... this really is a big Ant Hill. You see many of them out this way but most are around the height of the average man or so.
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Mad Aussie
06-20-2010, 04:42 PM
An idea of the typical scene out here ...
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=31227183&id=1454221944


The roads are so corrugated in places that the lights shook loose from the Toyota Hilux. Graeme is taping them back in here!
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This marks the highest point in their journey so far. This is just outside Alice Springs and is only around 700 - 800 metres in Elevation from memory. Considering the thousands of kilometers traveled already it gives you an idea of how flat this country is out there!
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Family shot at the Tropic of Capricorn marker just outside 'Alice'
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That's it for now but we should see some more within a few days of 'The Rock' (Ayres Rock) and then sooner after the Olga Mts and other cool things in the heart of Australia. :)

dante
06-20-2010, 06:31 PM
Captures the remoteness pretty well for sure! Not unlike Northern Canada, except that there's more pine trees up there ;)
Have been in Sydney, but would love to see the 'real' Australia someday.

Mad Aussie
06-22-2010, 03:09 AM
Only one comment on the last set of photos from Graeme and Mandy. I thought some of those would have been of interest.

4wding around N'Dhala Gorge National Park
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One of the waterholes in the area
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Aboriginal rock art
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Mad Aussie
06-22-2010, 03:15 AM
Alice Springs ... in the center of Australia
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Fossicking spoils ... Garnets
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Dean took this shot of Graeme and Mandy at Corroboree Rock ... and if you look closely ... Graeme has his camera out and is taking the next shot ... of Dean taking the this photo.
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Almost at Ayres Rock (Uluru) ... this is Mt Connor which gets mistaken for Ayres Rock sometimes ...
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Mad Aussie
06-22-2010, 03:22 AM
Graeme and Mandy and Dean are staying at Ayres Rock for a few nights as I type ... leaving tomorrow I think.

This is Ayres Rock from the caravan/camping area
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As the sun sets on the rock it lights up each evening ...
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Various views as they walk around the rock
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Bambi
06-22-2010, 11:03 AM
this is great!! thanks to you and your brother for sharing these. do they have to be careful of wildlife?

Marko
06-22-2010, 11:09 AM
Wow what a great journey! Shot 6 post 24 - Total keeper!

Mad Aussie
06-22-2010, 04:07 PM
Thanks Marko. It sure is an awesome journey and they are only a small way through it really.



this is great!! thanks to you and your brother for sharing these. do they have to be careful of wildlife?
Thanks Bambi.
They do have to be wary of wildlife but have had no real issues. There was that scorpion but they aren't that dangerous here in Aussie.
You don't want a roo coming your windscreen though, especially if it lives, panics, and claws you and the car to death.
Dingo's are best avoided although usually not much of an issue.
And of course there are the snakes. But if you watch for them, and give them room to move away they almost always will.


Graeme called last light all excited. Ayres Rock has been closed during their visit. This means no climbing it. This is common now due to Aboriginal pressure and they can close it for so many reasons. impending weather or some cultural reason for instance. So it hardly gets opened to climbing. Yesterday it was opened for a short amount of time and Graeme got the chance to climb it. Hours later, when he rung me, he said his chest was still sore from the effort and his legs were still jelly! He said it was an amazingly hard, steep climb, and you often were pulling yourself up using the chain and using the posts as supports for your feet. I didn't realize it was that tough!

Hillbillygirl
06-22-2010, 07:07 PM
Amazing trek that your sharing with us MA. Have to give thanks to you and your Kinfolk for taking us along on their adventure. And do please pass along the thanks to them, and wish them a safe journey, from all of us.
Keep up the good work, lovin' it.

Mad Aussie
06-23-2010, 03:02 AM
Will do HBG :)

AntZ
06-23-2010, 06:36 AM
Wow. Some cool shots MA. Makes want to get up that way even more.
I really like the silhouette in post 21.

Richard
06-23-2010, 04:09 PM
Keep em coming MA, really enjoying this thread. :thumbup:

Mad Aussie
06-23-2010, 04:52 PM
Thanks Richard. Certainly different than anything around your bit of the world huh!

Hey AntZ ... see the size of that Ant Hill? I've never seen one that big myself other than photos.

Mad Aussie
06-25-2010, 10:01 PM
Next to Ayers Rock is another geological anomaly called the Olga's. Here's a few of Graeme and Mandy's shots from there before they left the area to head for Kings Canyon.

The Olgas
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Mad Aussie
07-07-2010, 10:31 PM
A few more from this region ...

Graeme chasing Dean up a rock ...
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Apparently Graeme is in this shot of climbing Ayers Rock (Uluru) ... but I can't pick him out ...
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Graeme and Mandy and Dean on Ayers Rock
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Dean's Birthday (he's 4 yrs old)
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A birthday in a caravan can be interesting
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And my brother is training him early in photography it seems
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edG
07-08-2010, 07:00 AM
more great memories for your family - really appreciate you sharing MA

Mad Aussie
07-08-2010, 03:55 PM
Thanks Ed

Mad Aussie
07-20-2010, 02:22 AM
The Drama's continue for Graeme and Mandy on their journey.

They are now sitting in Darwin. A week ago Graeme's Canon D60 (yes ... it's a D60 ... older Canon digital DSLR) died. He rung me a few days asking for advice on what to buy while they were in Darwin. He'd found some Canon's he could afford in a brochure for a sale on up there at present. I went through those with him and also suggested he look closer at the Nikon D5000 and D90's in the catalogue.
Not sure if he's bought one yet. He has another worry.

Graeme and Mandy have a great dog who they left behind with our sister. Buddy is an aging Kelpie and has been an awesome dog. Last week he was diagnosed with liver cancer and given a week to a month to live. They've had buddy since he was a pup.
They told young Dean and he answered as you would expect a 4 yr old to answer ... "Don't worry Daddy ... Buddy will get better soon" .... "Not this time mate" Graeme answered.

My sister put herself and Buddy on a plane the other day and flew him to Darwin so Graeme and Mandy could spend a few last days with him. Graeme mentioned during the phonecall that he should put him down very soon. I told him to simply wait until he sees Buddy ... he will know if whether he should keep him alive days or weeks when he sees him. I told him I hoped he was strong enough to make the right call for Buddy's sake.

We will miss that dog. He was a special one.

QuietOne
07-20-2010, 02:56 AM
Damn, I'm sorry to hear that, MA. What a rough thing to happen during the trip. I imagine Dean is going to be heartbroken when Buddy is gone, but I hope he's able to look back when he's older and remember the good times he had with him. My sympathy to them, if you think they'd like to hear that.

Mad Aussie
07-20-2010, 03:01 AM
I'm sure they would Q1. Thanks for that.

Bambi
07-20-2010, 07:05 AM
I am so sorry to hear about the dog, :sad: And you are right- they will know when it's the right time and they will not regret spending those days with him. It will be especially important for their son.

keep us posted.

Mad Aussie
07-20-2010, 04:16 PM
Will do.

Mad Aussie
07-23-2010, 05:10 PM
I spoke to Graeme on the phone yesterday to see how things were going. He said to say thanks to Bambi and Q1 for their comments on Buddy.

Buddy is doing ok apparently. He's brightened up a bit on seeing them but sometimes looks quite ill. At one point he slumped in Graeme's arms and his eyes started flicking around and Graeme called Dean and Mandy over to say goodbye. Might just have been a small seizure or something because he rested and was ok later. Graeme says he can see Buddy wants to live and is having happy times for now so he won't put him down immediately. Literally it is 1 day at a time.

On the camera front he bought a new DSLR. After looking at both the Nikons and Canons in his price range he walked away with a Canon 50D. Virtually the same as I have for those non Canon users. The faster shutter speed and the fact he has a few old Canon accessories like a couple of lenses swayed him to stay with the brand. So ... the photos should start coming through once more soon :)

Mad Aussie
07-23-2010, 05:13 PM
Just checked their album .... only this quick point and shoot shot by my sister of Mandy with Buddy after they picked Belinda and Buddy up from the airport

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs051.snc4/34930_1552528894458_1272225347_1542566_5967524_n.j pg

Hillbillygirl
07-23-2010, 08:50 PM
Still watching this thread with much interest, and again thanks for sharing so much of your families life with us MA.
As for Buddy, I am sure he has had a wonderful loving life with them and knows it. They sure do become part of the family, and the longer they own us, the harder it is when they have to leave. Just wish they could outlive us instead.
Keep the posts coming MA and let them know our hearts are with them.

Mad Aussie
07-23-2010, 08:57 PM
Thanks HBG ... I will.

QuietOne
07-24-2010, 09:33 PM
Let's see, he's a dog and he's in a car. If the window is rolled down he's happy.

It's good to hear that Buddy has perked up. May his last days, however many there are, be good ones.

Mad Aussie
08-01-2010, 04:07 PM
Buddy was put to sleep yesterday. It was time to end his pain.

He's a dog we will remember and miss always.

One of the last shots of Buddy, taken by Graeme 2 days ago ...

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs201.snc4/38376_1515786421986_1454221944_31351478_6604491_n. jpg

Bambi
08-01-2010, 04:48 PM
Rest in Peace Buddy :sad:

Iguanasan
08-01-2010, 07:48 PM
Awww... :sad::sad:

QuietOne
08-02-2010, 02:26 AM
I'm sorry. Let them know, okay?

Mad Aussie
08-02-2010, 04:19 AM
I will. Thanks Bambi, Ig and Q1.

I sent them a message but no answer yet ... I know they have service there, so I guess they just don't want to talk about it yet. I've been there so I understand completely.

Mad Aussie
08-18-2010, 04:21 AM
Well ... they had Buddy Cremated and have now resumed their holiday. A few photos have started to show up once more.

So, we step back to before they arrived in Darwin and had learned of their dog, Buddy's, condition.

Some teens join in the birthday fun for Dean's 4th at a campground somewhere between Alice Springs and Darwin.
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs299.snc4/41310_1529840573331_1454221944_31389281_2303531_n. jpg

Graeme and Dean hiking up the Kings Canyon walk ...
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs299.snc4/41295_1529852773636_1454221944_31389293_1882979_n. jpg

Some Kings Canyon views ...
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs319.snc4/41295_1529852853638_1454221944_31389295_5003719_n. jpg

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs159.ash2/41295_1529852933640_1454221944_31389297_5602403_n. jpg

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs151.ash2/40909_1529855413702_1454221944_31389300_6800161_n. jpg


Graeme and Dean in the scrub
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs151.ash2/40909_1529855493704_1454221944_31389302_5437414_n. jpg

Mad Aussie
08-18-2010, 04:27 AM
More Kings Canyon ...

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs311.snc4/40909_1529855573706_1454221944_31389304_5370748_n. jpg

Oh jeez ... Tourists!!
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs151.ash2/40909_1529855733710_1454221944_31389308_3554280_n. jpg

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs146.ash2/40625_1529856733735_1454221944_31389316_1515611_n. jpg

Corrugations on the road from Alice Springs to Kings Canyon. Corro's, as they are called out there, shook the lights out of Graeme's ute (Utility or 4x4 to you yanks etc) earlier in this thread.
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs127.ash2/39707_1529876214222_1454221944_31389342_922037_n.j pg

Oncoming traffic
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs127.ash2/39707_1529876254223_1454221944_31389343_4197298_n. jpg

Whoop de Doo's in the bitumen
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs305.snc4/40565_1529876574231_1454221944_31389348_4907085_n. jpg

Mad Aussie
08-18-2010, 04:34 AM
Statue of an Aboriginal woman and child. Not sure what it signifies or marks.
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs135.ash2/40078_1530945160945_1454221944_31392571_3974765_n. jpg

Another at the town of Aileron (wasn't that in Star Wars??? :confused: )
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs135.ash2/40078_1530945200946_1454221944_31392572_2267065_n. jpg

Next stop was the Devil's Marbles ... yet another significant geological area in the outback ...

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs135.ash2/40078_1530945320949_1454221944_31392575_7547427_n. jpg

You can see Dean in the foreground ...
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs275.snc4/40078_1530945400951_1454221944_31392577_2442900_n. jpg

Looking back down at what passes for a campground out there
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs255.snc4/40078_1530945480953_1454221944_31392579_4180048_n. jpg

Not sure how far Dean managed to push it??
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs003.snc4/33537_1530946680983_1454221944_31392581_3936333_n. jpg

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs003.ash2/33537_1530946760985_1454221944_31392583_5860508_n. jpg

Mad Aussie
08-18-2010, 04:38 AM
A nice shot of Mandy by Graeme
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs003.ash2/33537_1530946960990_1454221944_31392588_3790811_n. jpg

Graeme at work behind his new Canon 50D. Mandy's P&S does a good job too unless this was with their old Canon 60D which still works occasionally I think.
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs267.snc4/39699_1530947601006_1454221944_31392595_7976251_n. jpg

Last few of the Devil's Marbles ...
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs247.snc4/39699_1530947761010_1454221944_31392599_542250_n.j pg

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs147.ash2/40681_1530948241022_1454221944_31392608_5692314_n. jpg

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs248.snc4/39757_1530949161045_1454221944_31392617_5023170_n. jpg

Mad Aussie
08-18-2010, 04:45 AM
Cool mural on the back of someones Camper ...
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs292.snc4/40936_1530993522154_1454221944_31392716_4747682_n. jpg

Now here's an interesting shot ... at the Daly Waters Pub.
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs249.snc4/39780_1530997482253_1454221944_31392757_1941528_n. jpg

A wall of money inside the main building!
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs289.snc4/40789_1530994402176_1454221944_31392719_8154052_n. jpg

and a wall of bra's too ...
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs149.ash2/40789_1530994482178_1454221944_31392721_2234146_n. jpg

Mandy and Dean enjoy a cold one
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs309.snc4/40789_1530994522179_1454221944_31392722_6056366_n. jpg

Thongs (Jandals in New Zealand and Flip Flops in the US I think?) hang from a ceiling ...
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs289.snc4/40789_1530994562180_1454221944_31392723_805695_n.j pg

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs129.ash2/39780_1530997722259_1454221944_31392763_5031590_n. jpg

They are relaxed out there ...
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs249.snc4/39780_1530997682258_1454221944_31392762_5693676_n. jpg

Mad Aussie
08-18-2010, 04:50 AM
Half way between Darwin and Alice Springs or not, they have modern payphones! Deans calls his cousins back in Queensland ...
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs129.ash2/39780_1530997642257_1454221944_31392761_2080611_n. jpg

Getting closer to Darwin now. The Bitter Springs ...
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs303.snc4/40510_1531001242347_1454221944_31392821_2201217_n. jpg

Very clear water at Bitter Springs
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs280.snc4/40346_1531003242397_1454221944_31392854_7894493_n. jpg

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs260.snc4/40346_1531003362400_1454221944_31392857_1827803_n. jpg

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs280.snc4/40346_1531003402401_1454221944_31392858_4291650_n. jpg


Ok ... that brings us up to date with their photos. I expect they'll be some from Darwin and also Kakadu soon before they head west towards Western Australia.

Mad Aussie
08-18-2010, 05:05 AM
Now for the BAD news.

They may not make Western Australia. Graeme's Platelets have dropped to a count of only 128.

For those not sure what I'm on about, we've had some issues with cancer in our family over the years, as I realize, many of you will have also.
Recently my father has battled Non Hodgkins Lymphoma, Melonoma and Prostate Cancer ... all in the last couple of years or so. I've had a melonoma cut out of my neck and I'm currently trying to save enough money to have a procedure down for a lesser form of sun damage. My wife also had to have a skin cancer cut from her neck.

Graeme, at age 11, was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma and was classed terminal. This form of cancer is aggressive and also very rare in children. We were told to prepare for his death. Positive thinking and support, along with a good medical team saw him go into remission against the odds thankfully.

Later, in his 30's, which was only a few short years back, Graeme was diagnosed with Non Hodgkins Lymphoma, another rarity as it's highly unusual for someone to get both types (very different) of lymphoma. This time, instead of being aggressive the cancer was indolent, which means basically dormant or very slow progressing.

Graeme is trying to live life to it's fullest and spend as much time as he can with his wife and boy in case this time round he doesn't beat it. His body has seen many of the drugs used against lymphoma so that makes it harder to fight each time. However, drugs have improved and changed somewhat since he was eleven so that may in his favour, as is his age, mid 30's.

So ... platelets. Platelet are basically the element in your blood that causes clotting. An average adult has a count of around 200 - 400 x10 to the power of 9, per litre. We just drop the x10 stuff and just talk in the numbers easier to understand. So instead of having between 200 - 400 ... he is down to 128 at the last check last week. At 100 he needs to get back to where he can be treated properly.

Under 100 and the chances of internal bleeding and such complications are too prevalent.

A drop in platelets can be caused by other factors but are used as a reliable indicator for the onset of his disease.

Not happy news, and it's not over yet, but we may not see the end of this wonderful journey. This young family and those of us who love him may have to embark on another, one we've been on before and would rather not repeat.

Odyssey
08-18-2010, 06:20 AM
Sorry to hear about Graeme. I really hope he manages to beat his disease and complete the journey.

(The photos look amazing though)

Bambi
08-18-2010, 09:54 AM
first of all I am loving the pictures. the Devil's marble are amazing! I have no words for the wall of bras :confused::laughing:

I then read your update about his platelets. That truly sucks. I hope that he responds well to treatment and is around for many many more years.
:grouphug: to you and your family!

Mad Aussie
08-18-2010, 05:09 PM
Thanks Odyssey and Bambi. Seems like an ongoing battle for our family one way or another. We are yet to lose an immediate family member though so we must be grateful for that.

It's amazing country out there huh? I'm waking up to anything from 4 - 12 degrees C here and getting as high as 25 degrees. Graeme and co are waking to 22 degrees and anything to 35 C. That's winter in the outback and tropics where they are.

Mad Aussie
08-18-2010, 08:27 PM
I just spent an hour on the phone with both Graeme and Mandy. Got some more accurate info on Graeme's condition at least.
As I've mentioned in the past, his Lymphoma is indolent, slow progress.
The average Platelet count for an adult is actually anywhere between about 160 - 180 through to around 400.
Graeme's test 2 weeks ago was 132 ... then a week ago 128. Stress and flu's etc can all cause a drop in platelets. With Buddy dying and a recent cold Graeme has had both of these possibilities so it's hopefully that at this point his recent count is not an indicator that his cancer has begun to progress. It expected that when it does, it will be aggressive and quick.
For the time being, it's business as usual!

After those last lot of photos, they have traveled from Darwin through the Kakadu National Park where there were so many Crocodiles they weren't able to enjoy too many sights with Dean in tow. Dean is so fast and hyper that he would be a croc's breakfast in the blink of an eye. A large wild Boar was menacing people in the area a few days back and ended up a croc's dinner here.

They've moved back down to the town of Katherine, famous for the Katherine Gorge, and soon will begin the journey westwards towards Western Australia.
This map shows the area they are in ...
Graeme-Mandy-Trip-2010 (http://ridewithgps.com/routes/113651)

QuietOne
08-19-2010, 01:51 AM
That's semi-good news about his platelet count, MA. I told Mike about your post this morning. He sat down today and looked through the entire thread. Like me, he thinks the photos and the trip are fantastic. We're both sending good wishes your brother's way.

Mad Aussie
08-19-2010, 01:59 AM
Thank you Q1 :)

edG
08-19-2010, 04:38 PM
Wow, this thread is such a mirror of life - the highs, the lows, the beauty of nature, people's off the wall antics and everything in-between. Best wishes for your brother MA and thanks for sharing.

Mad Aussie
08-19-2010, 04:50 PM
Thanks EdG. I'm really trying to include photos and info that help everyone 'experience' the journey with them in some way if possible.

Mad Aussie
08-21-2010, 04:45 PM
Lots more photos in. Mandy spent most of yesterday catching up with them and adding comments to her facebook.

Katherine Gorge Breakfast Cruise
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs191.ash2/45372_1538608232517_1454221944_31413405_6520060_n. jpg

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs285.snc4/40603_1538608792531_1454221944_31413413_7402243_n. jpg

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs285.snc4/40603_1538608912534_1454221944_31413416_5900088_n. jpg

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs180.ash2/44272_1538609672553_1454221944_31413427_7221046_n. jpg

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs317.snc4/41191_1538607592501_1454221944_31413400_4984252_n. jpg

Mad Aussie
08-21-2010, 04:52 PM
Edith Falls swimming hole .... you can see the lower falls in the background ...
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs282.snc4/40431_1538616632727_1454221944_31413513_5149926_n. jpg

A lizard at Edit Falls
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs363.snc4/44606_1538624312919_1454221944_31413530_4951753_n. jpg

Edith Falls Upper Pool
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs286.snc4/40648_1538623392896_1454221944_31413524_1394145_n. jpg

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs147.ash2/40682_1538623792906_1454221944_31413527_3659723_n. jpg

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs147.ash2/40682_1538623832907_1454221944_31413528_5927368_n. jpg

Look carefully and you see people in the shadows showing the size of these falls
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs363.snc4/44606_1538624552925_1454221944_31413536_267626_n.j pg

Mad Aussie
08-21-2010, 04:59 PM
Another section of Edith Falls ... 'Long Waterhole' ...
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs180.ash2/44369_1538634473173_1454221944_31413566_3505461_n. jpg

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs180.ash2/44369_1538634593176_1454221944_31413569_5782079_n. jpg

Mandy and Dean enjoying the falls
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs393.snc4/45575_1538635113189_1454221944_31413574_3977190_n. jpg

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs396.snc4/45914_1538634073163_1454221944_31413562_7926627_n. jpg

Magnetic Termite Mounds, so called because they all face north/south to combat the heat
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs365.snc4/44856_1538648113514_1454221944_31413705_7432217_n. jpg

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs143.ash2/40492_1538652593626_1454221944_31413732_3774666_n. jpg

How would you like an anthill like this in your backyard??
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs185.ash2/44856_1538648153515_1454221944_31413706_1573384_n. jpg

Mad Aussie
08-21-2010, 05:06 PM
Florence Falls ...
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs185.ash2/44856_1538648193516_1454221944_31413707_450934_n.j pg

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs185.ash2/44856_1538648313519_1454221944_31413710_8130215_n. jpg

The Lost City at Litchfield. These natural rock formations look like the ancient ruins of some long passed civilization ...
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs299.snc4/41306_1538649393546_1454221944_31413721_2626957_n. jpg

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs319.snc4/41306_1538649433547_1454221944_31413722_2644226_n. jpg

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs143.ash2/40492_1538652313619_1454221944_31413725_1801656_n. jpg

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs283.snc4/40492_1538652353620_1454221944_31413726_7478733_n. jpg

Mad Aussie
08-21-2010, 05:14 PM
Wangi Falls
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs419.snc4/46188_1538647833507_1454221944_31413704_6397321_n. jpg

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs303.snc4/40492_1538652553625_1454221944_31413731_2010036_n. jpg

But don't swim in here ... an all too common sign in some parts of northern Australia
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs281.snc4/40411_1538653593651_1454221944_31413736_5801274_n. jpg


Meet 'Sweetheart' ... a 5.2 metre croc that was killed because he was attacking boats at a local fishing spot
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs318.snc4/41248_1538680794331_1454221944_31413856_874438_n.j pg

Mad Aussie
08-21-2010, 05:31 PM
The trucks grow big out here ...
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs397.snc4/46040_1538670994086_1454221944_31413843_7653968_n. jpg

Mandy's office by the road. Work must go on. You can see Buddy lying at her feet in his final few days of life.
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs281.snc4/40413_1538701474848_1454221944_31413910_8338887_n. jpg

The stone frontage and side of this old Church was all that remained after Cyclone Tracy devastated Darwin many years ago.
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs144.ash2/40548_1539217527749_1454221944_31415832_3849008_n. jpg

Darwin Wave Pool
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs397.snc4/46029_1539218447772_1454221944_31415839_6905947_n. jpg

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs197.ash2/46029_1539218607776_1454221944_31415843_484297_n.j pg

The US Hospital Ship 'Mercy' in Darwin harbour
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs197.ash2/46029_1539218567775_1454221944_31415842_7397178_n. jpg

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs397.snc4/46029_1539218647777_1454221944_31415844_2683839_n. jpg

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs377.snc4/46029_1539218687778_1454221944_31415845_2595420_n. jpg

Mad Aussie
08-21-2010, 05:37 PM
Darwin was bombed several times by the Japanese during WW2 ...
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs361.snc4/44383_1539219287793_1454221944_31415846_4329074_n. jpg

Darwin is famous for the Bogan Festival called the 'Beer Can Regatta' this time of year ...
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs157.ash2/41171_1539269089038_1454221944_31416120_6630695_n. jpg

But they don't all float well ...
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs363.snc4/44622_1539268049012_1454221944_31416113_629159_n.j pg

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs297.snc4/41171_1539269129039_1454221944_31416121_7174839_n. jpg

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs383.snc4/44645_1539269249042_1454221944_31416123_3474938_n. jpg

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs182.ash2/44510_1539270529074_1454221944_31416128_1535271_n. jpg

Mad Aussie
08-21-2010, 05:41 PM
Never give up!
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs149.ash2/40804_1539271289093_1454221944_31416132_7236504_n. jpg

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs193.ash2/45642_1539273329144_1454221944_31416148_6010507_n. jpg

What's on your mind? And Yes .. .they do get big saltwater crocs in that harbour!
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs312.snc4/40927_1539273489148_1454221944_31416151_5721694_n. jpg


That's us up to date for the minute. I know they went through Kakadu next but weren't that impressed but I guess we'll some shots from there perhaps.

Bambi
08-21-2010, 07:02 PM
nice pictures! Love the name 'sweetheart' for such a beast!

Peter
08-21-2010, 08:23 PM
I love the photo of the truck pulling the trailer in the mud. Now Thatís camping.

Peter
08-21-2010, 08:29 PM
Daly Waters Pub. Cool


Cool mural on the back of someones Camper ...
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs292.snc4/40936_1530993522154_1454221944_31392716_4747682_n. jpg

Now here's an interesting shot ... at the Daly Waters Pub.
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs249.snc4/39780_1530997482253_1454221944_31392757_1941528_n. jpg

A wall of money inside the main building!
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs289.snc4/40789_1530994402176_1454221944_31392719_8154052_n. jpg

and a wall of bra's too ...
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs149.ash2/40789_1530994482178_1454221944_31392721_2234146_n. jpg

Mandy and Dean enjoy a cold one
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs309.snc4/40789_1530994522179_1454221944_31392722_6056366_n. jpg

Thongs (Jandals in New Zealand and Flip Flops in the US I think?) hang from a ceiling ...
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs289.snc4/40789_1530994562180_1454221944_31392723_805695_n.j pg

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs129.ash2/39780_1530997722259_1454221944_31392763_5031590_n. jpg

They are relaxed out there ...
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs249.snc4/39780_1530997682258_1454221944_31392762_5693676_n. jpg

Mad Aussie
08-21-2010, 09:20 PM
Thanks Bambi ... yep ... they come up with some real interesting name for the big problem crocs.

Cheers Peter ... yes the Daly Waters Pub is seriously 'Occa' which means Australian to it's core. It's a fancy way of saying Redneck really though :)

That 'truck' in the mud I guess was Graeme's Hilux Ute (as we call it) when he bent the chassis getting out of that mudhole.

mbrager
08-21-2010, 11:45 PM
MA: I just caught up on this thread. Your brother's trip has turned into an odyssey. So many of us have been caught up in the trip, I felt like I'm close to being a family member. So hearing the bad news about the platelets, I want to wish him and his family, including you, well. I'm certain he is coping in the best possible ways. Thanks for sharing and keeping us well informed. The pictures are fantastic.
Mike

QuietOne
08-21-2010, 11:48 PM
I'd starve on that breakfast cruise. There are a lot more interesting things to look at than a Styrofoam tray full of eggs. The waterfalls and the Lost City look like they should be in the next Indiana Jones movie.

Mad Aussie
08-22-2010, 12:09 AM
Thanks very much for that mbrager :)

It sure is unique country out there Q1.

Hillbillygirl
08-22-2010, 04:56 AM
I am sorry to hear the unfortunate news with your brother. I hope that all turns out well for him and his family, as I am sure it will. He, (and his wife and child), seem like such a wonderful family, and I am so glad that they are sharing this adventure with us.
This has to be the cheapest trip that we have ever taken. My husband and I look forward to these posts, and seeing the sights, and culture in your country. I am sure there is so much more to see there, but this has to be the most interesting story I have heard, (watched), unravel in such a time. It is truly amazing that they are able to do this, and I know that they will ever forget this adventure that most of us envy so much.
Please thank them again for such an opportunity to see Australia as we have never seen it before, and tell them our hearts are with them, and they are in our prayers.

Mad Aussie
08-22-2010, 05:11 AM
Don't worry HBG ... I make sure they see the comments.

Mandy cried a few days ago while reading through them so the comments do matter if anyone is wondering.

Thanks HBG.

Mad Aussie
08-23-2010, 12:31 AM
Mandy has put up a heap more shots so here we go again :)

Dean apparently discovered a new way to have fun ...
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs182.ash2/44543_1540241913358_1454221944_31419459_5268780_n. jpg

Nice shot of a Roo (I think it's actually a type of Wallaby) in Kakadu Nat Park.
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs365.snc4/44815_1540240953334_1454221944_31419457_7335454_n. jpg

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs307.snc4/40701_1540242513373_1454221944_31419469_3292498_n. jpg

An Aboriginal woman doing some basket weaving
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs193.ash2/45657_1540251753604_1454221944_31419500_697881_n.j pg
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs274.snc4/40043_1540251953609_1454221944_31419505_5435626_n. jpg

Mad Aussie
08-23-2010, 12:38 AM
Aboriginal rock art
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs191.ash2/45410_1540269114038_1454221944_31419530_1400116_n. jpg
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs191.ash2/45410_1540269154039_1454221944_31419531_2110465_n. jpg
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs251.snc4/39864_1540278874282_1454221944_31419583_5328479_n. jpg

The landscape here in Kakadu near the rock art site
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs192.ash2/45524_1540301874857_1454221944_31419721_5409343_n. jpg
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs158.ash2/41214_1540302594875_1454221944_31419725_5709610_n. jpg

Ever present danger up in these parts
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs374.snc4/45734_1540309235041_1454221944_31419759_2793250_n. jpg
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs394.snc4/45734_1540309395045_1454221944_31419763_7270102_n. jpg

Mad Aussie
08-23-2010, 12:47 AM
More Aboriginal Rock Art
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs184.ash2/44736_1540828408020_1454221944_31421789_4878213_n. jpg
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs375.snc4/45778_1540830968084_1454221944_31421821_8335816_n. jpg

Someones cruisin for dinner
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs319.snc4/41305_1540853368644_1454221944_31421983_6675778_n. jpg

A Dragonfly and lilypad
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs374.snc4/45679_1540265713953_1454221944_31419523_6627572_n. jpg

Kakadu is known for it's birdlife
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs156.ash2/41153_1540856528723_1454221944_31422001_6898647_n. jpg

and known for it's sunsets
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs191.ash2/45423_1540859328793_1454221944_31422017_3727655_n. jpg
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs371.snc4/45411_1540857928758_1454221944_31422011_4190968_n. jpg

That's it again for now

QuietOne
08-27-2010, 11:59 PM
Wonderful shots! I find the rock art interesting, given my recent discovery of the petroglyphs locally. Yours are quite a bit more elaborate. The one roo/wallaby looks like he should be holding a beer while belching. The sunsets, the wildlife, the woman working on the basket, all wonderful. And leave it to a kid to find a way of playing with the most ordinary things.

Mad Aussie
08-28-2010, 03:48 AM
Wonderful shots! I find the rock art interesting, given my recent discovery of the petroglyphs locally. Yours are quite a bit more elaborate. The one roo/wallaby looks like he should be holding a beer while belching. The sunsets, the wildlife, the woman working on the basket, all wonderful. And leave it to a kid to find a way of playing with the most ordinary things.
Thanks for the comments Q1. I agree ... it's a fascinating trip they are having.

Bambi
08-28-2010, 07:32 AM
wow! I love the art shots. And the croc shots are neat too.

Mad Aussie
08-28-2010, 03:54 PM
Crocs are pretty wild to see in the wild ... so sinister.

Mad Aussie
10-02-2010, 11:52 PM
Some more photos from Graeme and Mandy ...

Northern Rosella
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs360.snc4/44330_1541519745303_1454221944_31424346_7657449_n. jpg

Timber Creek Lookout
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs194.ash2/45698_1541525345443_1454221944_31424366_2347756_n. jpg
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs194.ash2/45698_1541525265441_1454221944_31424364_8247633_n. jpg

Dean catching dinner
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs396.snc4/45956_1541526905482_1454221944_31424368_2804604_n. jpg

Camping at Keep River National Park
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs376.snc4/45933_1545881734350_1454221944_31436137_1143672_n. jpg

An outback Goanna at Keep River NP ... a Perentie perhaps? Not sure exactly.
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs214.ash2/47747_1545895774701_1454221944_31436238_5152100_n. jpg
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs203.ash2/46650_1545896294714_1454221944_31436244_2657370_n. jpg

Keep River NP
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs158.ash2/41217_1545873334140_1454221944_31436096_3189068_n. jpg



more shortly ...

Mad Aussie
10-02-2010, 11:58 PM
Small lizard of sort sort
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs330.ash2/61011_1589582906852_1454221944_31537702_3506243_n. jpg

Crossing into Western Australia
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs008.snc4/33755_1589583386864_1454221944_31537707_5097380_n. jpg

Entering the Kimberley region of WA ... one of the reasons they did this journey!
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs008.snc4/33755_1589583426865_1454221944_31537708_5339606_n. jpg

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs008.ash2/33755_1589583506867_1454221944_31537710_8329468_n. jpg

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs344.ash2/62427_1589583986879_1454221944_31537713_680303_n.j pg

The Kimberley has some cool views
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs344.ash2/62427_1589584146883_1454221944_31537717_2166675_n. jpg

Meeting new friends at one of the dams
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs645.snc4/60488_1589722590344_1454221944_31537945_6802610_n. jpg

more shortly ...

Mad Aussie
10-03-2010, 12:04 AM
Double-Barred Finches
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs677.snc4/61768_1589695069656_1454221944_31537833_7752719_n. jpg

The start of the famous Gibb River track ... not usually done with a caravan in tow!
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs677.snc4/61768_1589695069656_1454221944_31537833_7752719_n. jpg

Not too rough to start with
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs665.snc4/60488_1589722830350_1454221944_31537951_2637657_n. jpg

Typical of the easier creek crossings
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs638.snc4/59832_1589727230460_1454221944_31537957_7710312_n. jpg

Not exactly native to Aussie!
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs618.snc4/59832_1589727310462_1454221944_31537959_2197535_n. jpg

Decent size snake. Looks like a brown tree snake to me ... only very mildly venomous but very aggressive. Graeme said every time he took a step closer it would rare around on him so this was the best he got.
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs318.ash2/59832_1589727390464_1454221944_31537961_234050_n.j pg

Mad Aussie
10-03-2010, 12:08 AM
I'm sure there will be more to come but they are in sparse internet country!

The Gibb River track took it's toll with several welds breaking on the Hilux and caravan but it also shook the fuel tank apart as well. They managed to limp out of the Gibb River track into civilization after a few days with Diesel leaking.

Last I heard they were about 160 km's south of Broome on the Western Australian coastline.

Graeme had a Platelet count done and his levels have dropped to 114 which is a concern for his cancer. He should be above 150 or more. This, by itself is not saying his cancer is hitting at last, it's just an indicator and needs other factors confirmed yet. He's pushing on but getting tests. He does need to be very careful of cutting and bruising as a count that low means little in the way of blood clotting.

daviddwilson
10-03-2010, 09:45 PM
A Boab (Bottle) Tree beside the road.

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc3/hs657.snc3/32481_1437646468536_1454221944_31146116_468370_n.j pg


One of many 'Road Trains' common to these outback areas. While on the phone to Graeme one evening last week he counted 5 of these in a 20 min phonecall!
Out on the bulldust roads in Aussie outback you can see these things coming up 30 mins before they arrive. There's a cloud of dust that continually grows larger as they approach. When they are getting close ( a few minutes away still) you find somewhere to pull over out of the way and wait until they pass. These things can't stop in a hurry. They've killed you and still skidded another 500 metres before getting stopped and looking for survivors if you don't! 62 wheels can do a lot of damage! Makes the 18 wheelers seem kinda toy-like huh?
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc3/hs581.snc3/30681_1444342435931_1454221944_31163425_4073300_n. jpg

The famous 'Black Stump' at Blackall. This is a stump that was used to do some of the original surveying of outback Queensland. It is immortalized here and with sayings such as 'Beyond the Black Stump' which means WAAAAAAAAAAAY out in the middle of nowhere!!!
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc3/hs581.snc3/30681_1444347196050_1454221944_31163439_7227921_n. jpg

Australia has lots of 'Big This' and 'Big That' ... the Big Banana, The Big Pinaapple, The Big Cow, and also this one ... the Big Sheep ...
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc3/hs561.snc3/30681_1444347276052_1454221944_31163441_3985476_n. jpg

The Bustling heart of Isisford
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc3/hs561.snc3/30681_1444347676062_1454221944_31163450_934552_n.j pg

walkabout creek hotel does sound familiar. Tell them to be careful of crocodiles!

Isisford looks as bustling as Bridgewater.

Mad Aussie
10-04-2010, 02:56 AM
walkabout creek hotel does sound familiar. Tell them to be careful of crocodiles!

Isisford looks as bustling as Bridgewater.

You from Bridgewater David?

Marko
10-04-2010, 10:40 AM
Nice shots in MAs thread david. Your signature 'watch movies online' has been removed though. We are VERY friendly here but we won't tolerate spam/promo of any sort. Please keep that in mind. Thx - Marko

Mad Aussie
10-16-2010, 03:19 AM
Camping along the Gibb River track in the Kimberley's ...
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs022.snc4/33477_1598519690266_1454221944_31556047_1596032_n. jpg

Amusing a kid in the Aussie outback ... good old Lego!
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs002.snc4/33477_1598519730267_1454221944_31556048_1048091_n. jpg

Can't quite tell what this one is ... but it looks venomous to me! Could be a Brown Snake ... one of the worlds most deadliest ...
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs022.snc4/33477_1598519770268_1454221944_31556049_6273036_n. jpg

Graeme can take shots of dragons too ...
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs021.ash2/34409_1598519290256_1454221944_31556045_6611371_n. jpg

Freshwater shrimp for dinner ...
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs151.ash2/40873_1598523250355_1454221944_31556054_3209821_n. jpg
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs311.snc4/40873_1598523290356_1454221944_31556055_6331291_n. jpg

more shortly ...

Mad Aussie
10-16-2010, 03:25 AM
Emma Gorge along the Gibb River Track ...
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs748.snc4/64882_1598570331532_1454221944_31556090_3602639_n. jpg

Amazing what you find in the Aussie outback ...
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs740.snc4/64065_1598569331507_1454221944_31556089_3341136_n. jpg
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs151.ash2/40880_1598573251605_1454221944_31556099_1515928_n. jpg
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs114.snc4/36041_1598576331682_1454221944_31556104_5686889_n. jpg

Dean decided to have a rest ...
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs094.snc4/36041_1598576451685_1454221944_31556107_607687_n.j pg

Ok!! Refreshed and ready to rock!!
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs137.snc4/37179_1598585731917_1454221944_31556140_6027009_n. jpg

more shortly ...

Mad Aussie
10-16-2010, 03:30 AM
A resident skink in the Emma Gorge ...
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs316.ash2/59610_1598582291831_1454221944_31556126_6996171_n. jpg

Zebedee Springs along the Gibb River Track
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs096.snc4/36158_1598603852370_1454221944_31556159_5340478_n. jpg

Looks like the Damper is ready for dinner at the campsite
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs375.ash2/65306_1598618652740_1454221944_31556199_5572102_n. jpg

Another creek crossing
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs244.snc4/39535_1598621492811_1454221944_31556207_7567205_n. jpg
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs264.snc4/39535_1598621612814_1454221944_31556209_1336724_n. jpg

Jackaroo Waterhole
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs124.ash2/39535_1598621652815_1454221944_31556210_1992507_n. jpg

Excellent shot of a Blue Winged Kookaburra
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs748.snc4/64861_1598633333107_1454221944_31556239_5915134_n. jpg

more shortly ...

Mad Aussie
10-16-2010, 04:35 AM
Dinner for the Blue Wing Kookaburra
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs370.ash2/64861_1598633413109_1454221944_31556241_7217496_n. jpg

Graeme helping push someone out of a water crossing
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs726.snc4/64653_1598634213129_1454221944_31556251_7886073_n. jpg

Graeme's turn ... show em how mate :)
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs726.snc4/64653_1598634253130_1454221944_31556252_5540994_n. jpg
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs746.snc4/64653_1598634293131_1454221944_31556253_4415062_n. jpg

Out along the Gibb River Road ...
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs200.ash2/46354_1598652933597_1454221944_31556364_6682615_n. jpg
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs200.ash2/46354_1598652973598_1454221944_31556365_2376690_n. jpg


more soon ...

Mad Aussie
10-16-2010, 04:41 AM
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs740.snc4/63995_1598653573613_1454221944_31556367_3350749_n. jpg
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs362.ash2/64042_1598652253580_1454221944_31556360_1227144_n. jpg

Boab (Bottle) Trees
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs365.ash2/64365_1598698334732_1454221944_31556541_879410_n.j pg

Corrugations
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs026.snc4/33671_1598699774768_1454221944_31556556_3203646_n. jpg

Gibb River Road goes on and on ...
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs157.snc4/37172_1598747735967_1454221944_31556613_6806067_n. jpg

Corrugations are taking their toll again ...
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs116.snc4/36187_1598749336007_1454221944_31556627_5266452_n. jpg

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs056.ash2/36187_1598749376008_1454221944_31556628_159337_n.j pg

more coming ...

Mad Aussie
10-16-2010, 04:44 AM
Here's a cool shot of a decent sized Monitor Lizard. This one looks to be about 2 metres from nose to tail I'd say
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs366.ash2/64494_1598758016224_1454221944_31556636_581696_n.j pg
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs366.ash2/64494_1598758056225_1454221944_31556637_1680699_n. jpg
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs724.snc4/64494_1598758136227_1454221944_31556639_5558585_n. jpg

Waterlilly
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Galvans Gorge
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more soon ...

Mad Aussie
10-16-2010, 04:47 AM
Manning Gorge
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There's a storm brewing
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still more ...

Mad Aussie
10-16-2010, 04:52 AM
Bell Gorge
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The car and van looking a bit worse for wear from the outback
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few more ...

Mad Aussie
10-16-2010, 04:55 AM
The sea at last! Derby, Western Australia ...
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The washing machine at work ...
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Ok ... we are all caught up for now!

JAS_Photo
10-16-2010, 05:26 AM
Wow! Cool additions. The second to last is a real beauty shot, M.A. I like the Kookaburra and the monitor lizard and the swimming hole! Pretty rough terrain for sure but beautiful!

Bambi
10-16-2010, 08:17 AM
great shots. This trip is going to be a big memory for their son when he grows up.
I have a question- in terms of the swimming holes, how do you know which ones are safe (predator free)?

MoinMoin
10-16-2010, 09:48 AM
Wow -it's really great to go with you on this trip.

Mad Aussie
10-16-2010, 03:41 PM
They are certainly seeing a wild side of the country JAS.

I'm glad you are enjoying the holiday MM :)



I have a question- in terms of the swimming holes, how do you know which ones are safe (predator free)?
Easy ... you hang your dog, child or someone you don't like much over the water for 5 mins. If nothing jumps out and eats it you're good for a swim! :thumbup:

Or ... you could just avoid ALL saltwater and brackish waterways along the whole top third of the country and obey the signs that say 'No Swimming Trespassers will be Eaten' etc.

Usually, freshwater is safe unless there's a snake having a dip in it, but that's rare ... although I had a Brown Snake swim past me once in a creek near Brisbane. However, if the freshwater waterway is still near a saltwater waterway I'd still be wary.

Tourist Info, signs and local knowledge are the safest bets out there.

Bambi
10-16-2010, 05:23 PM
okay, thanks! I'll file away the idea of hanging someone I don't like very much :)

Mad Aussie
10-16-2010, 09:01 PM
okay, thanks! I'll file away the idea of hanging someone I don't like very much :)
You leave Iggy alone! He's not that bad!! :)

Bambi
10-17-2010, 09:41 AM
You leave Iggy alone! He's not that bad!! :)

oh it wasn't Iggy I was thinkng of:rolleyes::cool:

Iguanasan
10-17-2010, 10:27 AM
oh it wasn't Iggy I was thinkng of:rolleyes::cool:

Thanks goodness. I was feeling a bit worried there for a minute. ;)

Iguanasan
10-17-2010, 10:29 AM
Thanks for sharing this thread with us, MA. It's been really cool seeing the Australian outback this way. Saved me a ton of money on airfare ;)

Mad Aussie
10-17-2010, 03:44 PM
Thanks for sharing this thread with us, MA. It's been really cool seeing the Australian outback this way. Saved me a ton of money on airfare ;)

Thanks Iggy. It's been great for me also. I've never been on such a trip or seen so many photos from one. And these are only a selection of what they've taken.

Mad Aussie
10-29-2010, 10:00 PM
For those still following the trip ...

Good news about Graeme's platelet levels ... they've risen back to around the 140 mark so that's awesome.

And .... lots more photos from the Weatern Australian coast ...

In the town of Derby ... this is a Boab Tree that was used as a prison cell!!!
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs914.snc4/72759_1629696669671_1454221944_31615208_7014649_n. jpg

Down to the town of Broome ... far as I know ... these photos are untouched ...
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more in a sec ...

Mad Aussie
10-29-2010, 10:03 PM
Still in Broome ...
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Broome is famous for the pearl diving ...
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It's HOT up here ... that's a water mist sprayed to keep the patrons cool at this pub!
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more in a sec ...

Mad Aussie
10-29-2010, 10:11 PM
Cable Beach near Broome ...
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Camel rides at Cable Beach
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Road to Port Smith ...
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Dean helps to set up camp ...
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Mad Aussie
10-29-2010, 10:15 PM
At Eighty Mile Beach Mandy lands a big catfish type thingy ...
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Graeme lands a small Herring I think? These are prized fighters when bigger.
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs924.snc4/73725_1629785391889_1454221944_31615310_5895987_n. jpg

And Graeme got a Shovel Nosed Ray and a decent Tailor ... I think these might be called Bluefish in the USA???
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs904.snc4/71763_1629785831900_1454221944_31615312_3188419_n. jpg

Mandy with a Spotted Ray on the line ...
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Another night and more dinner ...
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Daddy time ...
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more in a sec ...

Mad Aussie
10-29-2010, 10:24 PM
Down near Karratha now and the local highway doubles as the landing strip ... look right ... look left ... look UP!!
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs911.snc4/72482_1629851993554_1454221944_31615391_5599958_n. jpg


Ningaloo Reef camping ... very popular because the coral reefs are literally just off the beach and pristine! This area is famous for the Whale Sharks.
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One of the locals
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Yardie Gorge Walk at Ningaloo ..
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They were camped about 100m from this!!
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Snorkel time!
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more in a sec ...

Mad Aussie
10-29-2010, 10:28 PM
Still at Ningaloo ...
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http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs415.ash2/69346_1630558451215_1454221944_31616626_3681291_n. jpg

Dean found a friend ...
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Graeme in the shower! He has this rigged up from a tank and electric pump in the 4x4
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Mad Aussie
10-29-2010, 10:31 PM
Under the waves at Ningaloo ...
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http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=31615211&id=1454221944

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Mad Aussie
10-29-2010, 10:38 PM
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Mad Aussie
10-29-2010, 10:41 PM
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs011.snc4/33921_1630687894451_1454221944_31616818_4806344_n. jpg

Holy crap there's a lot of these underwater shots ... you are only seeing a few!

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That'll do! Gotta stop somewhere!!

but I know you want more! ... but you'll have to wait until next time. :)

Mad Aussie
11-03-2010, 12:58 AM
but I know you want more! ... :)

Looks like I was wrong.

Came in to post more but it seems the novelty might have worn off. Fair enough, been a long journey.

Mad Aussie
11-03-2010, 01:31 AM
Seems the thread was closed somehow or for some reason. Being a mod I didn't realize as it lets me post in closed threads if I want. Thanks for the heads up on that QuietOne, here I was thinking if no one was going to bother commenting I wasn't going to bother posting.

Hillbillygirl
11-03-2010, 05:58 AM
Well now that I can,(;)), I will say once again. I cannot believe the adventure that this family has been on. Can only imagine what it is like. I keep coming back and looking through this whole thread from start to finish and it still amazes me. Love the underwater pics MA.
Again, thanks for sharing all the memories with all of us.

Iguanasan
11-03-2010, 07:15 AM
Seems the thread was closed somehow or for some reason. Being a mod I didn't realize as it lets me post in closed threads if I want. Thanks for the heads up on that QuietOne, here I was thinking if no one was going to bother commenting I wasn't going to bother posting.

Didn't notice the thread being closed but I did miss the last couple of updates... just went through them now. Awesome images! I didn't know they had camels in Australia. Some of those shots were awesome! Please don't stop sharing, it's a wonderful journey. I can't imagine doing it myself but it looks like an amazing time and what a fantastic experience.

Bambi
11-03-2010, 07:22 AM
I want to follow this journey until the END! So don't stop posting!:goodvibes

Mad Aussie
11-03-2010, 03:54 PM
You should the see awesome shots they got in the next lot. Swimming with Dolphins is a highlight.

QuietOne
11-04-2010, 01:28 AM
As long as it isn't swimming with sharks! It does sound like they're having a wonderful time.

Mad Aussie
11-04-2010, 01:42 AM
As long as it isn't swimming with sharks! It does sound like they're having a wonderful time.

Well ... they did at one stage. They have a photo of one swimming in the shallows too.

MoinMoin
11-05-2010, 10:24 AM
I love the underwater pictures! Do you have a special camera for it now or just the special case for it?

Andrew
11-05-2010, 10:33 AM
I do quite a bit of snorkeling in Mexico and I must say it's nice to see a clean reef. I've had the opportunity a couple of times and they can be spectacular. The photos from the underwater disposable cameras don't do them justice and the housings for the point and shoots aren't a whole lot better. You really have to see it for yourself so if you get the opportunity, take it.

Mad Aussie
11-05-2010, 02:17 PM
I love the underwater pictures! Do you have a special camera for it now or just the special case for it?

I think Graeme and Mandy are using a waterproof point and shoot ... like the Olympus, Canon and Panasonic models.

Mad Aussie
11-19-2010, 02:53 PM
Not sure if I mentioned the latest issues but at this point the old Toyota Hilux was starting to struggle again. You'll remember the bent chassis that had to be welded, and the tape holding the lights in because the corrugations had shaken out the screws. Then the fuel tank split it's seams because the roads were so rough.
Somewhere around this point of their journey there was a huge crunch as Graeme went for 5th gear and suddenly the Hilux was a 4 speed! Luckily 5th is on a separate shaft so the gearbox still operates without it. A few drainings of the oil to remove the metal bits and it was onwards towards Perth in South Western Australia.

Before then though the Shark bay region of Western Australia needed a visit ...

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs002.ash2/33487_1639266188903_1454221944_31635025_7265122_n. jpg


Camping on the beach
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Fishing for dinner and watching the sun go down
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Gotta love the water colour
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And the colour palette in the sky
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Even by day
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Quobba Blowholes
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more shortly ...

Mad Aussie
11-19-2010, 03:01 PM
Shark Bay is huge ... it's the big jagged bit halfway up the coast of the west side of Australia on the maps.

This is Shell Beach ...
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Goulet Bluff
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Eagle Bluff Lookout
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Still from Eagle Bluff ... School of baitfish seen in the foreground
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Still taken from way up on that boardwalk/ lookout ... that shark would be big enough to do some serious damage. I'd guess it's about a metre long. Looks so small in this shot.
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Mad Aussie
11-19-2010, 03:08 PM
Now at Monkey Mia ... famous for ...

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs471.ash2/74464_1639301309781_1454221944_31635129_5248368_n. jpg

No ... not him. He was there ... but it's famous for these really ...

Bottlenose Dolphins ...
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs989.snc4/76207_1639298949722_1454221944_31635122_4939470_n. jpg

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They attract a crowd
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http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs996.snc4/76963_1639303309831_1454221944_31635136_5730145_n. jpg

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http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs559.ash2/148130_1639299429734_1454221944_31635125_532868_n. jpg

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs937.snc4/75015_1639304509861_1454221944_31635140_4428816_n. jpg

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Mad Aussie
11-19-2010, 03:13 PM
They come right in among the people ...
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs964.snc4/75696_1639299189728_1454221944_31635124_6494693_n. jpg

Monkey Mia Bay itself
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs007.snc4/33704_1639306669915_1454221944_31635142_5154669_n. jpg
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs056.ash2/36184_1639314950122_1454221944_31635152_2459099_n. jpg

Shark Bay flora
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Emu's on the beach at Shark Bay (Monkey Mia is in Shark Bay)
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs994.snc4/76705_1639316470160_1454221944_31635161_5880305_n. jpg

Graeme's got dinner again ...
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs827.snc4/68780_1639300709766_1454221944_31635128_2607988_n. jpg

Dean studying Stromatolites
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs989.snc4/76210_1639321270280_1454221944_31635174_7748813_n. jpg



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Mad Aussie
11-19-2010, 03:16 PM
A shell quarry!
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs992.snc4/76505_1639321750292_1454221944_31635177_6086264_n. jpg

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs576.ash2/149877_1639321630289_1454221944_31635176_2814991_n .jpg

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http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs970.snc4/76323_1639322230304_1454221944_31635180_6621978_n. jpg

Bricks made from the shells
http://l3.sphotos.l3.fbcdn.net/hphotos-l3-snc4/hs096.snc4/36173_1639322310306_1454221944_31635181_7086726_n. jpg

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs575.ash2/149757_1639322790318_1454221944_31635183_7231168_n .jpg

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Mad Aussie
11-19-2010, 03:19 PM
Down to Kalbarri now ... a bit blowy!
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs948.snc4/74133_1639323270330_1454221944_31635186_6956360_n. jpg

A walk to 'Nature's Window' in the Kalbarri National Park and Dean tries to hide from a rain shower ...
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs944.snc4/73787_1639335150627_1454221944_31635216_7734549_n. jpg

Nature's Window ...
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs463.ash2/73597_1639453433584_1454221944_31635472_8014846_n. jpg
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs497.ash2/77041_1639453833594_1454221944_31635475_984101_n.j pg
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs774.snc4/67408_1639452793568_1454221944_31635467_3888085_n. jpg
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs774.snc4/67408_1639452793568_1454221944_31635467_3888085_n. jpg

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Mad Aussie
11-19-2010, 03:22 PM
Wildflowers in the region ...

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs925.snc4/73846_1639455193628_1454221944_31635483_7120544_n. jpg

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs564.ash2/148616_1639455313631_1454221944_31635484_2906072_n .jpg

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs024.snc4/33547_1639455433634_1454221944_31635485_5584095_n. jpg

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http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs148.ash2/40738_1639456233654_1454221944_31635488_4521117_n. jpg

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs957.snc4/75039_1639456713666_1454221944_31635489_7969631_n. jpg

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs987.snc4/76089_1639456873670_1454221944_31635490_4630119_n. jpg

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs914.snc4/72787_1639457353682_1454221944_31635491_3025009_n. jpg

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Mad Aussie
11-19-2010, 03:26 PM
Still in the Kalbarri area

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs925.snc4/73832_1639457593688_1454221944_31635493_8386641_n. jpg

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http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs561.ash2/148379_1639458193703_1454221944_31635495_1153285_n .jpg

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs807.snc4/68792_1639458713716_1454221944_31635496_757908_n.j pg

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs575.ash2/149776_1639459993748_1454221944_31635498_1126287_n .jpg

Lookout near Kalbarri
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs461.ash2/73493_1639472634064_1454221944_31635510_6122287_n. jpg

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs985.snc4/75799_1639473114076_1454221944_31635512_5834978_n. jpg

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs990.snc4/76376_1639475314131_1454221944_31635514_8245494_n. jpg

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Mad Aussie
11-19-2010, 03:32 PM
Down to Port Gregory now and the Pink Lake
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs949.snc4/74196_1639475474135_1454221944_31635515_7351965_n. jpg

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs1180.snc4/150197_1639476674165_1454221944_31635517_4661656_n .jpg

Some unusual plants in Lesueur National Park
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs941.snc4/73468_1639501474785_1454221944_31635608_5644730_n. jpg

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs957.snc4/75083_1639504794868_1454221944_31635623_4774340_n. jpg

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http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs564.ash2/148633_1639506994923_1454221944_31635633_7954839_n .jpg

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs1156.snc4/149842_1639507274930_1454221944_31635639_4316816_n .jpg

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Mad Aussie
11-19-2010, 03:37 PM
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Mad Aussie
11-19-2010, 03:48 PM
That's it for now for the photos.


I will tell you that they travelled down the coast, stayed a week with a mate of ours in Bunbury Western Australia where it was raining most of the time so now photos from there apparently. You can see the that region of Western Australia in my thread http://www.photography.ca/Forums/f11/fly-me-across-australia-3809.html

In this region they discovered that the Hilux had now blown a head gasket but wasn't putting oil into the water thankfully. Also the turbo was over-spooling so Graeme had to adjust the waste-gate to ease that issue as best he could.

So began the sneak back home to surprise everyone. I called them 2 days ago and they were in Broken Hill, NSW and wondering what their best route was to get their sick Hilux towing a caravan over the Great Dividing Range and down to the coast near Brisbane.
As luck would have it I'd driven the area last weekend! Our other brother had already the Cunningham Gap and I was able to confidently confirm it was the best option and suggest the flattest, quickest route to the coastal highway into Brisbane as well.

Around 3pm yesterday they rolled back into their own home back on the Sunshine Coast ... glad to be home and very sad the journey was over.

I suspect more photos are to come of the journey between Shark bay and Perth ...and then again a few snaps along the journey home as well.

Will post those when they get to putting them up.

Iguanasan
11-19-2010, 06:55 PM
Way, way cool. Thanks again for sharing.

Bambi
11-19-2010, 09:41 PM
thanks Mad Aussie for these. Thank Graeme for me for the flower pics :D
I have also noticed a big jump in his photographic skills over this trip as well.

I've thoroughly enjoyed my virtual trip through australia. Please keep us posted on his health (if he and you doesn't mind ).

QuietOne
11-20-2010, 12:31 AM
You know, I'm kinda sad this thread will be ending soon. I look forward to the rest of his pictures. It's been a heck of a trip.

Mad Aussie
11-20-2010, 01:14 AM
Thanks Iggy, Bambi and Q1.

Yeh Q1 ... it is sad to see the end of these soon. Hopefully a few more to go.


thanks Mad Aussie for these. Thank Graeme for me for the flower pics :D
I have also noticed a big jump in his photographic skills over this trip as well.

I've thoroughly enjoyed my virtual trip through australia. Please keep us posted on his health (if he and you doesn't mind ).
Graeme used to be a very good photographer, doing weddings and some commercial work as well. Then he sorter fell out of it I guess. This trip has seen him pick up the old camera and slowly rub the rust off his skills ... until the camera broke. So, from about the halfway mark, he was learning to use the new 50D he bought. In the process, Mandy also took a much deeper interest in photography than before and many of these shots are hers. She has learnt quickly from Graeme's skills and several of her shots have impressed me greatly.

Those wildflowers are beautiful aren't they!!

Healthwise, well ... I just spent a few hours with Graeme and his lymph-nodes in his neck are NOT looking good. However, he's just driven right across the country in a few days (equal to driving from LA ... to New York ... via Texas) in a 4WD with serious problems towing the caravan. Which, by the way, lost the door on the way home :) They had to turn around and drive 35 k's to find it again! So ... here's hoping that the stress of all that etc has contributed to running him down a bit and he'll be fine again after a few days rest. Will keep you posted as I know.


How about those dolphins hey gang? How cool is it they swim right up to you?

Graeme said the shark in that photo is a Lemon shark and that area is a breeding ground for them. Not a shark I'd like to go swimming with.

mbrager
11-20-2010, 02:35 AM
What a trip it's been over all these months. So many wonderful images. Thanks so much for posting them. Mike

Mad Aussie
11-20-2010, 03:21 AM
Cheers Mike ... glad you are enjoying it :)

Mad Aussie
12-07-2010, 04:59 AM
Got a call from Graeme today ... now I know why there's been no more photos or info about the last section of their holiday since they arrived home.

Graeme's Lymphoma is no longer indolent and after just a few more tests it will be time to start treatment again very shortly. You may remember that this is his 2nd belt with Lymphoma so it's expected to be a tough battle.

Bambi
12-07-2010, 06:10 AM
oh that's terrible MA. I hope all goes well. Give him my best :)

Mad Aussie
12-07-2010, 02:43 PM
oh that's terrible MA. I hope all goes well. Give him my best :)

Thanks Bambi ... I will.

QuietOne
12-10-2010, 09:06 PM
I'll keep him and his family in my thoughts. I hope treatment goes well for him.

Mad Aussie
12-10-2010, 09:35 PM
I'll keep him and his family in my thoughts. I hope treatment goes well for him.

Thanks Q1. More tests and biopsies on Thursday just gone, results due in Tuesday for final confirmation.

Iguanasan
12-10-2010, 09:42 PM
Thanks Q1. More tests and biopsies on Thursday just gone, results due in Tuesday for final confirmation.
:fingerscr:fingerscr:fingerscr:fingerscr

Mad Aussie
12-10-2010, 11:16 PM
:fingerscr:fingerscr:fingerscr:fingerscr

Thanks Iggy

Hillbillygirl
12-11-2010, 05:12 AM
We may not know Graeme and his family, (including yourselves), personally, but with such a sharing of their life here, in story and pics, sure do get to know them, (and you, MA), quite well.
You are all some of the better ones out there, and we are all praying for him, and his family.

Mad Aussie
12-11-2010, 02:01 PM
We may not know Graeme and his family, (including yourselves), personally, but with such a sharing of their life here, in story and pics, sure do get to know them, (and you, MA), quite well.
You are all some of the better ones out there, and we are all praying for him, and his family.

:) Thanks HBG

Mad Aussie
12-14-2010, 01:28 AM
Unfortunately the test/biopsy results aren't good. The cancer is in his bone marrow :(

The short of it is that if he survives the treatment they will start as soon as possible (maybe even this side of Christmas) it will be a long 6 months, and then after that, his prognosis is living 5 - 10 years maximum. He now needs a lot of luck or some medical breakthrough if he is to live even to my age now.

Looks like yet another Christmas with cancer dominating the preceedings.

You'd think I'd be used to this after Graeme having cancer when he was younger, myself, my wife, and more recently my father 3 times in a two year period (he's still under some post cancer treatment), but it's hard to know what to do or say to him and Mandy. All I could think of was saying "I didn't know what I could offer but if they thought of anything at all, all they need do is ask." Doesn't seem enough. We've also offered to babysit Dean as the treatments will be down here in Brisbane. We will also set up a bedroom for them in case they need to stay a night at any time.

Anyhow enough rambling ... thanks for listening ...

Bambi
12-14-2010, 07:49 AM
Oh Steve I am so sorry to hear this. I can imagine how devastated everyone must be. It's wonderful that you are able to set up a bedroom and be a support for them as they go through this. Your ongoing support will be of huge value to them.

I have no idea what a person in Canada can do but let me know :). At the very least I will be thinking of them and hoping that they can grab a few more precious moments in the time that they have left together.

hugs to you and your family! :grouphug:

Mad Aussie
12-14-2010, 02:12 PM
Thanks Bambi

Hillbillygirl
12-14-2010, 08:03 PM
Very sad news indeed. From everything I have seen and learned of Graeme and his family from this trip they have taken us on, he is one of a kind for sure. I am so glad he was able to do this trip for his closest loved ones, and even more so that he shared so much of what so many of us will never have the opportunity to see, or do. It was so wonderful that they got to do this amazing once in a lifetime adventure together. Most ordinary people would never even attempt what they did together, and for that they can be amazingly proud of themselves and I know the family will never forget this ever, and it shows how extraordinary this man really is.
I know myself, and my family with whom I have shared this adventure, will never forget it, and for that I thank them all, including yourself.
You still never know MA. Amazing unexplained things happen everyday, and with a man as strong willed as Graeme, you just never know what the future will bring. Here's hoping for the best in their future together. I know with persons such as yourself in their corner, there is an even better chance of coming out of this alright yet.
They, (and the rest of your family), are in our thoughts and prayers daily, and please be sure to pass this message along to all.

Mad Aussie
12-15-2010, 01:29 AM
Thank you HBG ... I will definitely pass on the wishes.

asnow
12-15-2010, 12:26 PM
Well said HBG. Add my thoughts and prayers as well.

Mad Aussie
12-15-2010, 02:14 PM
Thanks asnow

QuietOne
12-19-2010, 03:17 PM
Unfortunately the test/biopsy results aren't good. The cancer is in his bone marrow :(

The short of it is that if he survives the treatment they will start as soon as possible (maybe even this side of Christmas) it will be a long 6 months, and then after that, his prognosis is living 5 - 10 years maximum. He now needs a lot of luck or some medical breakthrough if he is to live even to my age now.

Looks like yet another Christmas with cancer dominating the preceedings.

You'd think I'd be used to this after Graeme having cancer when he was younger, myself, my wife, and more recently my father 3 times in a two year period (he's still under some post cancer treatment), but it's hard to know what to do or say to him and Mandy. All I could think of was saying "I didn't know what I could offer but if they thought of anything at all, all they need do is ask." Doesn't seem enough. We've also offered to babysit Dean as the treatments will be down here in Brisbane. We will also set up a bedroom for them in case they need to stay a night at any time.

Anyhow enough rambling ... thanks for listening ...

Ramble some more if it helps. I'm sorry to hear the news, and I'll hope for that luck and breakthrough for him. I wish there was something more I could do to help - I imagine everyone does. Please, keep us posted. And if there's anything I might be able to do, ask. I'll try.

Mad Aussie
12-20-2010, 01:33 AM
Thank you Q1

Mad Aussie
12-30-2010, 05:07 AM
For those following this ... I thought I'd mention that today Graeme had his first treatment. Mabthera. He had an allergic reaction to it so they had to restart at a slower rate. This meant there was not enough time to also give him the Chemo which was to follow so that will happen tomorrow now.

Hillbillygirl
12-30-2010, 05:46 AM
Thanks for posting and keeping us in the know MA.
We are all pulling for him and the rest of the family. He must be a tough bugger for sure, after what he has just done, so that will help tremendously too.

Mad Aussie
12-30-2010, 03:08 PM
Yeh hopefully his fitness from the journey will help.

QuietOne
01-01-2011, 10:01 PM
I have my fingers crossed. How did the next day go?

Mad Aussie
01-02-2011, 03:35 PM
I have my fingers crossed. How did the next day go?

He is still recovering. Vomited the following morning so the anti-nausea drugs dosage isn't right. He's also getting a host of tablets between treatments and some of those give him bone pain. It's going to be a very long 6 months for him it seems.

Peter
01-02-2011, 06:55 PM
When we went camping in Algonquin Park when I was a kid we had baths in a plastic washbasin also. Thanks for the photos.

Mad Aussie
01-03-2011, 12:16 AM
When we went camping in Algonquin Park when I was a kid we had baths in a plastic washbasin also. Thanks for the photos.

Nice that shot brought back some childhood memories :)