Australia – 2001

He is somewhere far away. So are we.

While we in Australia, the country was ablaze. The forest fires burned for weeks and the sky was filled with smoke and the air smelled of burning trees.

I know at first glance it seems terrible when there are events like this. It is true to some degree.

But don’t forget that forrest fires occurred before humans ever lived on this planet. It is nature’s way of repairing the environment.

Yes, it is sad when people loose their belongings, and terrible when humans are injured or killed. But young and healthy trees need room to take root and grow and to replace older and damaged trees in the forrest. This is part of what fires do.

Perhaps the local governments should make it impossible for houses to be built in areas where fires are likely and difficult to control. Oh, I forgot. Local municipalities want the tax dollars from these dwellings so growth continues into areas where it isn’t safe to live.

We also went  to Kawarau Bridge and Bungee Center in Queenstown. It is 141 feet to the bottom of the chasm from the bridge.

The first bungee jump was made from the Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol, England. It was done on April 1st 1979, of course, by David Kirke, Simon Keeling, and Geoff Tabin, who tied the ropes for members of the Oxford University Dangerous Sports Club.

The Macau Tower is the tallest bungee jump in he world at 764 feet. Top speed of the fall is 124.27 miles per hour and the cord stretches 164.04 feet.

I am now on Facebook at R.C. Hand.

Sydney Harbor
Melbourne Museum and Royal Exhibition Hall
Kawarau Bridge Bungee Jump, Queenstown, Australia. We were there too early and had to leave before they opened. Darn it.