Pacifica Trip Diary – Day 21

Day 21: January 28, 2014

Today is the last leg of my trip home and something like back to the future.  I leave South Korea at 11:40 am on Tuesday and arrive at Chicago, Illinois at 9:00 am on Tuesday.  The flight was about 13 hours.  I had the same good service I had on other Korean Air flights.  I left at -9F from Chicago and returned to -9F.  In between my ranged from a high of 95F in Cairns, to a cool 70F in Queensland, to 40F in Inchon.  These were all daytime temperatures.

I returned home and began the process of unpacking and preparing for work which began the next day.

Trip Statistics

Activity 

 Number

Travel Days
                   21
Flight (Jet) Hours
60
Flight (Prop) Hours
1
Helicopter Hours
.5
Distance Traveled by Jet
26,318
Airports (non duplicated count)
6
Jet Boat Hours
1
Bus Hours
16
Cab Hours
1
Countries
3
Cities/Towns
12
Walking Hours
30

Cities/Towns visited

—Inchon, South Korea
—Brisbane, Australia
—Cairns, Australia
—Port Douglas, Australia
Mossman, Australia
Kuranda, Australia
—Sydney, Australia
—Christchurch, New Zealand
—Hokitika, New Zealand
—Arthur Pass, New Zealand
—Makarora, New Zealand
—Wanaka, New Zealand
—Arrowtown, New Zealand
—Queenstown, New Zealand—

Reefs

Green Island
Norman Reef
Michaelmas Cay

Pacifica Trip Diary – Day 4

Day 4: January  11, 2014

The flight to Cairns was uneventful.  I flew on Virgin Australia which was more like the US airlines.  When I arrived at the Cairns airport, I took a shuttle bus to the hotel.  It seemed exceptionally hot.  My room was upgraded to a corner with a patio on one side and large window on the other.  The bathroom had a jacuzzi tub with a glass wall on two sides, one opening to the bedroom and the other to a shower area – interesting.  The room was great, but hot.  I asked them to check it out and was told that the air conditioner for the entire hotel was down.  Lucky me.  I stayed awake as long as I could with the door open in the hall way and the patio door to create a breeze, but when I went to sleep I closed the hall door.

When I checked into my room, I changed in to summer clothes and walked around town.  I found a Woolworth department store that contained a shopping market where I bought bottled water and some tings for breakfast.  I got the lay of the land so to speak.  When I got back to the hotel, I checked in at the travel desk and changed my itinerary.  My first adventure will be the Great Barrier Reef.

Pacifica Trip Diary – Day 3

Day 3: January 10, 2014

The airport at Inchon was like walking down Michigan Avenue or Rodeo Drive, expensive stores everywhere.  There were places to get a shower or message.

I stayed awake from Chicago to Inchon, South Korea, watching movies, reading, and walking around.  This helped me transition to the next flight which brought me into Brisbane at about 6:00 am.  On this second leg of the trip, I slept which greatly helped me in my transition to the new date and time in Australia.  When I arrived at Brisbane, I had to pick up my luggage, go through customs and recheck my luggage onto a domestic flight from Brisbane to Cairns.  This worked out well, as they say down under, ” No worries.”