This is a different kind of trip for us. Rather than our usual itinerary that says, fly to Cairns, travel to Brisbane and then fly home, we actually have reservations for almost every night. We flew to Cairns, stayed at Port Douglas and went as far north as Cape Tribulation. Then we drove south to Townsville and took the ferry to Magnetic Island. Then we drove south to Arlie Beach where we are snorkeling to the Great Barrier Reef. Then, south to Gladstone and a boat ride to Heron Island. From there, to Noosa on the Gold Coast and then on to Brisbane.

My bags weighed in at 44 lbs. for the suitcase and 19 for the knapsack, about 63 lbs. total, way above normal. I’m carrying snorkel gear and lots of photographic equipment. Most of the time, we will be traveling by rental car instead of chicken buses and trains. Normally, we figure out where we are going to stay around 3 p.m. when we arrive in town. This trip, we have only several nights without reservations.

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