Darwin, Australia - April 2001
Captain Edward Caricato, USMC
[Editor's Note: Capt. Caricato wrote the following letter during a six month deployment aboard the USS Boxer (similar to a miniature aircraft carrier). He was the Executive Officer for a Marine field artillery battery. Prior to Australia, they had been to Hawaii.]
Our trip to this end of the world did serve a military purpose. Soon after passing through the Straits of Torres we pulled into Darwin, Australia. To all our disappointment this visit lasted only a few hours. The ships needed to resupply in preparation for the coming missions. Darwin is a relatively small port town but it was Australia, aka "the land of milk and honey". The Marines were going absolutely nuts because we were in Australia and they could not get off the boat. True to form, many of the locals were waiting on the pier and seemed very happy to see us there. For some very strange reason Australians love Americans. Of course I had some business to tend to on the pier so I was one of the few that had the chance to at least set foot on Australian soil, even if it was for only an hour or so.
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Australia - April 2000
Nitmiluk National Park (Katherine Gorge), Australia - July 1999
Alisa Blitz/Seibert - Post Card
I went on a 20km bike ride to Katherine today. It was fun and I got a good workout. Next week I hope to go on a 30km hike in Nitmiluk Park. It should be fun and rugged (I canoed here last year). I had fun visiting.
b. paying for things in a foreign currency!
The big buzz around here is Olympics 2000!
Frozen in time and space, Wave Rock
Suzanne and Nick Geary
THINK GLOBALLY - ACT LOCALLY - PRAY FOR WORLD PEACE