Who loves Australia? Can you see me with my hand raised in the back of the world? If not, you might need to look a little harder.
I've been captivated by the continent since I was a kid. The exotic animals, the amazing vistas, the untamed areas ripe with stories both real and fictional. A few years back, when I learned part of my Naval service would be in the Pacific, I was sure I was bound for the shores of Perth or Sydney. Sure, we're not talking the Outback here, but I would have been happy just the same. Despite three years homeported in Pearl Harbor, I somehow missed out. I'll make it someday though.
Now, years after riding the gray metal boats for Uncle Sam, my interest is rekindled every so often by a Discovery Channel show, a child's homework project, or even a Men at Work song playing on classic radio. Yeah. I'll make it there.
Keeping the dream alive for me most recently is publisher