May 5, 2003

G'day all,

After 30+ hours return trip and 2 days to recover, we are just getting around to putting up this little page to let you all know that we have returned safe and sound though a bit ragged.  All in all, the trip was a near perfect success with only one itinerary mistake and one airline delay (10 hrs).  Not too bad considering that, in total, our transportation included 14 planes, 3 trains, 3 rental cars, 5 boats, many tour busses, taxis and plenty of leg work!  I haven't calculated the miles, but in terms of time, we spent 60 or more hours in the air alone.  You can see by the maps below where our trip took us.


We took around 400 pictures with the new 5 M Pixel camera, which I still have to process.  The old computer is having trouble handling the file sizes and takes forever to resize and process.  We have included a few of the ones that we like here, which really don't show continuity or relate to the chronology of the trip.  Just pretty pictures....  

Gene is particularly fond of the Uluru (Ayers Rock) pictures.  Uluru, located at the Red Centre, is believed to be the center of the world to the aborigines and the place from which all came into being.  Of course scientists have their own ideas :)  Uluru is truly an awe inspiring place and one cannot help but be caught up in the mysticism and lore that is associated with it. Sharon prefers the rain forest and the abundance of wildlife.

All of the pictures were taken at 2560 X 1920 and then reduced in size for fast loading.  Of course a lot of  image quality is lost in the process and the originals show much more detail.  The pictures with high horizontal aspect ratios are composites; as many as 3 frames each.

We will add more pictures as soon as the computer gets an infusion of memory.

Sharon & Gene Cisneros
May 5, 2003

Images are clickable for larger views

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Rain Forest

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Rain Forest Stream

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Kata Tjuta

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Bird Wing Butterfly
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Little Croc
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Big Croc
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Water Fowl

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Jenolan Cave
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New Zealand River System from 39K feet
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Rain Forest View to Cairns

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Gene in Ice Cave

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Sharon on Glacier
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Undara Lava Tubes (160 km long)

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Broken Hill Headframe
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Mangroves Cape Tribulation
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Kata Tjuta

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180 degree turn at 80 km/hr
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Sovereign Hill Headframe

Termite Mound at Undara

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Sharon Buying Rocks at Gemboree

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Giant Tree Ferns
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Kata Tjuta
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Walter Peak Farm at Edge of Lake
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Luncheon at the Farm



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