Vacation in San Francisco and Australia,
I blew off New York for two weeks in June 2005 to visit some old friends in two of my favorite places in the world -- San Francisco and Australia.
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After dinner, Robin and I dropped in on Todd. It was late, and we were all feeling a bit punchy.
|Robin and Todd|
|Robin in shock!|
|Sari, wrong number|
|Todd with a new friend|
If there's two things my friend Sandy does very well, it's raise things.
|Beary, the French poodle|
|Garden tidbits 1|
|Garden tidbits 2|
|Garden tidbits 3|
|Garden tidbits 4|
Sandy and I headed to Mt. Tamalpais to see "Oklahoma!", featuring my friend Stewart Lyle as Ali Hakim.
|Sandy awaits the show|
|Michael and Donna (Stewart's lovely wife)|
|The cast warms up|
|Stewart takes his bow|
|San Francisco as seen from the Mountain|
After the show, Sandy and I drove up to Glen Ellen for dinner with Larry and Jimmy.
|"Didn't you bring the anchovies"? "No, I thought you did!!"|
I first arrived in Brisbane to visit Susie Griffin, an old friend who I hadn't seen in over 20 years.
|Susie driving (on the wrong side of the car!)|
|Susie's daughter Stephanie|
|Susie under a giant spider in the West End|
|The Brisbane skyline|
|Check out the root system on this tree!|
|Susie has a thing for lighthouses|
|An old nunnery on the hill|
|The gardens on the grounds of the expo|
|Susie and me at the Little Morgue Winery, north of Brisbane (yes, that's a coffin behind us)|
Susie, her friends Kay and Sheryl, and I then motored south to Byron Bay, the easternmost point in mainland Australia, where we met up with my cousin Stephanie. Picture the four of us piled into a classic 1973 Mustang, top down. We were too hip.
|Sheryl (note the fuzzy dice)|
|Kay at the wheel|
|A rainbow (there were several to be found that day after the rain)|
|We stopped at the Moo Moo Inn for a healthy dose of in-your-face kitsch (look close -- that's Sheryl, Kay and Susie blocking the "A" in the word "Antiques")|
|A porcine friend|
|The sign for the loo|
|We met a python on the way|
|The lighthouse at Byron Bay|
|A rainbow as seen from the lighthouse|
|The beach at Byron Bay|
|The easternmost point of Australia|
|Stephanie spies a pod of dolphins|
|A bush turkey spotted in the scrub|
Stephanie and I then headed to Sydney. Terrific, beautiful town!
|The Sydney skyline as seen from North Head, the entrance to Sydney Harbor|
|Dee Why Beach|
|Dinner with Tom, Stephanie, Ben and Danielle|
|Jeremy and Vicky with their new daughter, Sofia|
|Jeremy and Vicky|
|Tom and Stephanie|
|Ben and Danielle|
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