Well, posting on a regular basis didn’t go quite as I’d hoped or planned. The internet service at the dive resort wasn’t free (as advertised in multiple locations) and was pricey enough that I opted not to spend a lot of time attempting to update the blog, and our Western Highlands lodging had no service at all. So, in a nutshell:
The diving in Milne Bay was essentially everything it was cracked up to to be: healthy, vibrant reefs with a huge biomass of fish and inverts and visibility that ranged from good (by our Unalaska standards) to unbelievable. The only minor disappointment Continue reading Returning Already
Paradise. There’s stuff all over the Port Moresby airport that refers to PNG as paradise and they’re not kidding. This country is stunningly beautiful (the parts that haven’t been logged). Certain aspects are strongly reminiscent of Cameroon -the oppressive heat and humidity of an un-air conditioned airport terminal; the smell of collective body odor; the poor roads and the roadside stands with some cigarettes, betel nuts and a few pieces of fruit for sale. But the jungle is comprised of different plants, the bird calls are unfamiliar Continue reading Tawali
Or at least that’s what they seem to cost.
Over a year ago Brandon and I decided we wanted both video and stills for this trip. We spent an inordinate amount of time discussing what pieces of equipment and which accessories to take in order to best utilize our weight allowances and avoid lugging about massive bags of camera gear. We settled on the video camera sans lights and battery pods, and my aged but trusty Canon point & shoot rather than the bulky Nikon DSLR, since my skill level just doesn’t seem to justify the 24kg of camera gear that the DSLR would entail. In order Continue reading A Picture’s Worth a Thousand Dollars
I’m still out on the boat right now so this won’t get sent for a couple of days yet but things are going well. We missed our last flight and so ended up with a full day in Sydney before flying to Cairns – neat city – but caught our liveaboard without issue (we had generously padded our travel arrangements to account for this). The morning before boarding we took a very long sky tram over the rainforest, in the rain so as to have the most realistic exposure to the environment, and explored the area for Continue reading Great Barrier Reef Diving