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17 March 2018 @ 10:58 am
Far future travel plans  
Well I'm not doing well today. I either ate something bad or I had relapse. Last night was painful and I had to take some of my medication for pain which I haven't used in a long time. Chris was wonderful through this as always. Hopefully this is nothing serious and it passes.

I'm enjoying my new Venus globe. It's in my room gently rotating. Ok so the subject of this post is travel plans and I do have a lot of things I want to do. Kabuldur's budgie post got me thinking about Australia and how I've always wanted to go. There will be a total Solar Eclipse there April 2023. This is the site I've been using to find eclipses.

https://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/list-solar.html

So I want to go there to see this eclipse. I think it will be very hard to get there and will probably need a travel agent to help me figure it out. It's on the west coast only on a tiny peninsula. The nearest town looks like Exmouth. I'm sure I have to take a plne to Sydney and then another to Perth as I don't think planes fly from the US to Perth. Then I have to rent a car and learn to drive on the left side. It sounds hard and overwhelming but I really want to do this. I know Australia as a continent is the size if not bigger than the US. So it will still be a crazy drive to Exmouth from Perth. I should stay a day in Sydney too to see the sights. Opera house is a must and the othere thing I'd like to do there is walk on top of the bridge. There is a tour there when they tie you in a harness and you walk over it. And there's some kind of tower that the floor is made of glass and is supposed to be scary haha. I want to do it. I may have to make two trips. I hope I can. I've found most countries take two visits from me to see everything I want. I've been to St. Maarten three times now and can basically cross it off as there's only one fort I haven't seen. But anyway the other must do of Australia for me is seeing wild budgies. I'm still researching that. The flocks happen in the summer which over there is Dec - Feb. But that makes me wonder where are the budgies the rest of the year? Maybe they say see them in winter at watering holes because that's when they swarm. I mean they have to live there year round. Where else would they go? So with fewer at other times they'd be hard to spot. So with the Eclipse in April it's the wrong time. I'd definitely have to come back another time just to do budgies and the desert. Another town I thought to stay at was Carnavaron. But that seems like still a long drive to the peninsula. Well I have several years to figure it out.

Speaking of astronomical events. This month has a blue moon. That is two full moons in the same month. So March 31 is the blue moon.
I worked a bit on my Fear touch up art yesterday but his stupid wings are giving me a hard time. This will be harder than usual to get it to look right. I've all these layers that are messing everything up. But I wont work on it today since I'm not well.

Happy ST Patrick's day to everyone.
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actipton80actipton80 on March 17th, 2018 03:02 pm (UTC)
January had a blue moon too on the 31st. It was also supposed to be a lunar eclipse, but it wasn't eclipsed when I saw it.
Desthagirion on March 17th, 2018 03:21 pm (UTC)
I remember that. That was the month so many things happened to the moon. Super, blue, blood moon eclipse. It was crazy.
kabuldurkabuldur on March 19th, 2018 09:43 am (UTC)
Happy St Patricks' day!

The blue moon will be cool. Thanks for reminding me that it is happening.

Hmmm...so Australia is on your 'to do' list! Well, I knew it was on your list, but now we have a year! Yeah, it's a big country, so a long way from one place to the next. Visitor sometimes get caught out by this. I don't see why you couldn't take a day or three to see Sydney. Yes, it's a must to see the opera house and the harbour bridge. The lift sounds like fun, too. You might like to go to the Centrepoint tower and go to the revolving restaurant at the top. When you come to Australia it would be best to look up some sites to find out where the budgies are. The best time to visit the desert is in October, I believe. Anyway, a time when it is not too hot and not too cold. It is good to visit the desert when the wildflowers are blooming, too. The budgies breed any time when there is rain. I believe that their breeding season starts in August, so they must be a spring-breeding bird, basically, but they choose to breed when there is rain, and that is mostly in autumn. The rest of the year they are nomadic, so they must follow the seeding grasses. But they are always near a water hole. Carnarvon George would be a good place to visit. It's a long way from anywhere, though. Also, you have to see Uluru. You can go Glamping there, I believe, so that your tent has a big glass sliding door and it is air conditioned. A bit of comfort for you!

I'm so sorry you had a relapse. I hope you can work out what is causing it.
Des: St. Patricks's Day Birdthagirion on March 19th, 2018 01:50 pm (UTC)
Thanks. Happy ST Patricks to you too.

Ah glad I could remind you of the moon.

I have always wanted to visit Australia since I was a kid. It's definitely on my todo list. I'd love to see the eclipse there. Oh that's the one. Centerpoint tower has the glass platform you can step out on. That would be cool. I was just watching some videos and there's so much to do in Sydney so yes I'd have to carefully plan it out. With the Eclipse in April it messes up budgie watching for sure. I think I have to make two trips. Oh yes definitely need to see Ayer's Rock too if I'm in the center of the continent chasing budgies. I'd be close. I'd probably stay in Alice Springs. I love the red deserts there and think I would really enjoy it so much.

Thanks. I'm not sure what's going on. I need to make an appointment for a check up.
kabuldurkabuldur on April 3rd, 2018 10:53 am (UTC)
Thanks! I need to remember it more, seeing as I have a part-Irish heritage...and just about everything else!

It was cloudy, but there was a moon glow.

I hope you make it to Sydney. You could fly to Sydney, spend a few days there, and then fly to wherever else you want to go. Spring or autumn in Sydney would be good. It gets a bit hot in summer and a bit cool in winter.

Yeah, you may get to see budgies near Carnarvon Gorge. I'm not sure. Also, it's quite a long way between Darwin and Alice Springs, but the latter is definitely worth a visit!

You would got to Carnarvon Gorge from Brisbane. Brisbane is a short flight from Sydney...or a very long drive (more than one day with a sleep in the middle). About 16 hrs driving if you are pushing it.

I guess Uluru is not that far from Alice springs in the scheme of things. ONLY 400 km, lol :D If you're up there, you should go to Litchfield national Park. Other good places to go are Kakadu and the Kimberly, although they are very far apart.

Western Australia is definitely a 'to do' because of the wildflowers after rain. You'd have to time that carefully. Yes, more than one trip in there, for sure.

Hope your health gets sorted out soon!

Edited at 2018-04-03 10:55 am (UTC)
Samantha Falcosamanthafalco on March 19th, 2018 04:28 pm (UTC)
I would love to visit Australia someday myself. I didn’t know there was going to be a total solar eclipse there in 2023. I’ll bookmark that site.

It’s been cloudy here these last few full moons for us so I hope it will be clear on the 31st. I love full moons so much. I like to sleep with my blinds open so the moonlight lights up my room, haha.
Desthagirion on March 20th, 2018 02:52 am (UTC)
It's such an amazing continent. It would be an awesome trip. I hope you can go there someday. I hear it's really expensive though. Glad you like that site.

Darn clouds always making it hard to enjoy astronomy haha. I have an app called Moon Phase Pro. But I think it's only on android. It's by the same people that made Terra Time. It shows the moon's phase and you can look at the month and see all the moons on it. Ha I do that when I'm on vacation but not for moon light but for sunlight. I like to have first light wake me up naturally with no alarm.
jokerforeverjokerforever on March 20th, 2018 04:25 am (UTC)
A trip to Australia sounds very exciting indeed, hopefully that all works out by the time 2023 arrives, should be plenty of time to plan. I often dream about visiting Australia from time to time, only things that deter me is;

1. The flight, which I have no doubt is expensive from here to Sydney judging by distance

2. It is a hot spot of some of the most dangerous fauna known in the world, not that america is exactly the safest either but because I've lived here for so long I think I survive the animals here than there.

The blue moon sounds very nice, I hope I'll be able to spot it on the 31st.

Happy Belated St. Pattys Day, I hope you recover from that relapse, I know how annoying those can be especially just when you're on the mend.
Desthagirion on March 20th, 2018 12:42 pm (UTC)
Yeah I hope so too. It would be so awesome. I totally agree with those two things. They are probably the worst parts about it. Australia has so many animals that can kill you. There's even a funny song about it.

https://youtu.be/kdihHnaOQsk

Thought funny enough I've been thinking about this but living in Florida is rather similar. We have almost everything they have. Nowhere near as many snakes as they have but yeah we have alligators, 6 venomous snakes, black widow, brown recluse, sharks, fire ants, man o war jelly fish and such. But their stuff just seems way worse even. They have some really deadly and scary ants over there. Fire ants are nothing compared to what they have.

Yeah hopefully no clouds for moon watching this month.

Thanks. Yeah, I'm still trying to recover. Still going slow.