Here at Parker Sanpei, wanderlust looms large. Our team is constantly buzzing about favorite sites, tastes, people and experiences we’ve enjoyed while on the road….as well as plans for future travels. In December, our own Account Assistant, Nathan Haydon, took to the skies in search of adventure in Australia – and found it. Here he describes the trip in his own words.
My trip began in the northeastern town of Cairns, Queensland, where we embarked upon a tour of the Daintree Rainforest through blistering heat and humidity unsuitable for the average Californian. But this trip was anything but average. The following day we set sail to one of the Seven Wonders of the World…the Great Barrier Reef. We visited the Milln Reef, approximately 60km off shore. Without hesitation we geared up; grabbing our tanks and barely fitting our masks, and fins before taking the plunge into the ocean blue. Our SCUBA guide navigated our way around this wondrous landmark. Weaving through the maze we gazed upon sea turtles, barracuda, tropical fish, and manta rays that could seemingly swallow me whole. Truly a spectacle that many will never have the opportunity to see; take me back.
Next I traveled south to Fraser Island, home of the last pack of truly wild dingoes, on a 4 day off-road camping excursion. Here I had the privilege of visiting historic landmarks, fresh water creeks, “Champagne Pools,” and even the amazing Lake McKenzie; with sand so pure and fine you can actually brush your teeth with it. Oh, it’s also the same sand that was used to balance the Hubble Telescope…no big deal.
I even had the chance to feed some kangaroos and hold a koala (Barnie), of whom I was promptly informed is not a bear despite the common name “Koala Bear.” But he will always be a cuddly little bear to me.
And finally we visited beautiful Sydney, New South Wales. Aside from the amazing food, sights, and history of this city; I was able to attend the world famous Sydney Opera House for their rendition of Jingle Bell Rock. It was my first time in an opera house and I sat in pure amazement, stunned by the talent of the performers, musicians and vocalists. I could definitely see myself living in this town!
I have only two disappointments: one, I only wish I could have stayed longer because there is so much to see everywhere you go, but I suppose this means I will just have to go back sometime soon. (Poor me!) And two, for those of you familiar with “Finding Nemo,” P. Sherman 42 Wallaby Way, Sydney does not exist. I know: I looked for it and came up short. Thanks Disney and Pixar! Haha.
Definitely the most rewarding and eye-opening trip I have ever experienced in my life. I am already planning my next trip, or ‘holiday’ as Europeans call it; The travel bug is real!