Four Days in jail.

Trip Start Jul 31, 2009
Trip End Sep 07, 2009

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Flag of Australia  , Victoria,
Saturday, August 22, 2009

Buchan (pronounced Buckin’ in Australia) is a wee small town about 5 hours drive from Melbourne. It’s just on the edge of the Outback, an hour drive north and you’re out in the middle of no-where surrounded by forest.  The scary thing is you can keep driving north for another week before you come across anywhere else.  Australia is a BIG place. A big, EMPTY place.
I’m out here with staying with Lynelle, a friend of Barbara’s.  Linneys husband Ray just happens to be Buchan’s police chief, and the family home is the old town police station. :)  The new station is attached to the house. This may seem strange, but Buchan is the kind of place where everyone knows everyone.  There are only 200 people here, mostly famers, and Ray is the only cop in town. All that changes though once summer comes, because Buchan has one of the biggest tourist attractions in Victoria; The Buchan Caves.   These are vast underground cave networks filled with underwater pools, stalactites & stalagmites, and every year over a million people come to this little town to see these caves.  Linney works as a tour guide in them, so we were lucky enough to have a free, personal tour at night when they were closed which was pretty sweet.  Well, once we got past the dozens of wild kangaroos hopping about outside.

The next morning Waz took me deer hunting at 4am.  When I say hunting I mean we walked about for hours looking at various types of animal shit and then set up a couple of targets and shot them from a few hundred yards.  I’d told Waz I would never shoot a deer (I don’t hunt anything that can’t hunt me back, much like the Predator), and luckily I didn’t have to because we didn’t see any.  It really was beautiful up there, the Snowy river cutting through the forest with nothing and no-one for miles and miles. And the stars at night! I’d forgotten just how clear you could see everything at night in Australia, the Milky Way stretching across the sky with a billion stars shining down on us. I’d forgotten how much I missed the Southern Cross, and how strange it was seeing Orion upside down. :) Man, I missed Oz.
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lea.tony on

buchan vic australia
we loved your blog on buchan,..we hope to be moving to that town soon, how beautiful it is ther. Good luck to you and 'happy'travels.

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