we are at exactly a month to go before leaving. It has been a pretty intense period of examination and exploring options. How much time do I have, what do I really want to do, and how might I best do that. I have settled on a couple of structured options, some sea kayaking, and a liveaboard reff dive (including some exotic places like Lizard Island, Cod Hole, Coral Sea, etc.). Thinking all I needed would be a refresher from a scuba certification, vintage 1977, I came to realize that the best thing to do was to get re-certified. So back to school I go, and I have my homework cut out for me. I also took my DSLR in for a tune up and cleaning. Its been three years almost, and that camera has been a lot of places, due for a cleaning for sure! I am also planning on spending some time on Magentic Island, a place called Nelly Bay, its offshore, Townsville, QSLD. After that, not sure exactly, but trying to keep things open and flexible. There are a lot of nature preserves, national parks, and other areas that could/would be all worth checking out. Only stuff left to get is my pack, bedroll, shoes/sandals, andextra memory cards for camera, insurance and travel visa. Got caught in some fine print on the ticketing arrangements, but I'll see about that still. All I care at the moment is to get there, feet on the ground, and the sunshine and clear minds forward.