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Echidna – Kangaroo Island, Australia

Posted on February 20th, 2015 by Blaine Zuver

To travelers from the Northern Hemisphere , the Echidna is a strange little animal. It is an egg laying mammal , one of only two members of the monotreme family, the other being the duck billed platypus. It’s snout is perfect for eating ants and the porcupine-like quills frighten away predators, though it likes to be pet by humans

Great Ocean Highway – Victoria, Australia

Posted on February 18th, 2015 by Blaine Zuver

ArcticTropic traveled along the Southern Ocean today, along the Great Ocean Highway. Cold summer weather between 15 and 19 C. The coastline is 2000 miles from Antarctica.

Some of the Twelve Apostles.

A Koala munching on Eucalyptus leaves.

Strange local birds.

The Apostles.

London Bridge. Until 1990 there was a second arch that connected to the mainland but it collapsed. All of these natural structures consist of very soft sandstone and regularly collapse.

Video upload is very limited at this time. Rural Australia does have some wifi, but at dialup speeds. The above 7 second video took 40 minutes to upload.

South and West of Sydney

Posted on February 17th, 2015 by Blaine Zuver

On February 15th ArcticTropic rented a car – a Holden Barina and headed south to Jervis Bay, about 250 km from the city. Once beyond the metro areas, Australia is a beautiful and nearly empty land. Kangaroos are a common part of the landscape and while looking friendly they can give intruders quite a stomping.

Prince’s Highway stretches 1250 km from Sydney to Melbourne.

Beautiful beachfront property near Jervis Bay Territory. No hurricanes in this part of the world.

Isolated beaches everywhere.

In the Snowy Mountains ( where is snows from June to September ) near Mt. Kosciuszko, highest mountain in Australia. The Eucalyptus forest smells wonderful.

Crossing from New South Wales into Victoria State.

Kangaroo – It’s What’s For Dinner. Very healthy lean meat. Delicious too !

Real Salt Water Swimming in Bondi

Posted on February 17th, 2015 by Blaine Zuver

The legendary Bondi Icebergs Pool, over 80 years old, is carved into rocks by the roaring South Pacific. At 50 meters long, ArcticTropic recuperated from the 15.5 hour flight in United’s tiny seats with a 40 lap – 2 km swim. Upload speeds here in Australia have been rather slow, but more videos are coming soon.

Sydney – First Days On The Continent

Posted on February 13th, 2015 by Blaine Zuver

ArcticTropic set foot on the Australian continent for the first time. Sydney is the start and departure point. Above ,the Opera House.

Sydney Harbor Bridge.

Zooming in. Here’s and adventure – climbing to the top of the bridge !

Iceberg’s – the legendary 50 meter swimming pool built into solid rock. Waves crash in as one swims. Video coming soon.

Kangaroo Burger – It’s What’s For Lunch. Delicious, Nutritious and Very Low Fat.

Government House.

Videos will be Uploaded in the next few days.

28 Hour Journey To Australia

Posted on February 13th, 2015 by Blaine Zuver

The 2 flight, cross country journey was the easy part of the trip. Above, mesas and canyons of Northern New Mexico.

The High Sierras south of Tahoe.

Across The Pacific.

ArcticTropic Departs For Australia

Posted on February 10th, 2015 by Blaine Zuver

This morning ArcticTropic departs Miami for Sydney, Australia, a 10,016 mile ( 16260 km ) journey via Houston and San Francisco. Tonight’s SFO-SYD flight is 15 hours , leaving at 10:35 PM PST and arriving in Sydney at 8:35 AM Thursday morning.

WorldWide Panorama of 2014

Posted on January 28th, 2015 by Blaine Zuver

2014 was an incredible travel year for ArcticTropic. We explored Myanmar ( Burma), European Russia,Siberia,Mongolia,China,Japan,British Colombia,Canada,Singapore,Philippines and Panama. Here’s 184 clips in 11 minutes. This version is natural sound,a musical version will be uploaded soon.

2015 Flights

Posted on December 30th, 2014 by Blaine Zuver

ArcticTropic is now planning 2015 journeys. Three trips are shown here. The first , in February is to Southeastern Australia. The longest flight will be from San Francisco to Sydney – about 15 hours. In March – off to the Polar Regions of Iceland. September – Puerto Varas in Chilean Patagonia for the ATTA Summit. Several other ventures are in planning stage.

Flights of 2014

Posted on December 29th, 2014 by Blaine Zuver

2014 was a busy travel year for ArcticTropic. In all, we travelled an equivalent of more than twice around the world.The voyage to Myanmar in March ,via Frankfurt and Singapore was to the opposite side of the world and back the same route. In May and June we travelled in a continuous Eastbound direction until we ended up back where we started. In contrast, the 2.5 hour hop to Panama was a mere commuter flight.