Woot! It is finally here!

Tomorrow morning, I begin a moderately epic journey for a month-long vacation in Australia. I am not looking forward to the 40-odd hours of travel time; but it will be worth it. If all goes to plan, I will be in Brisbane on June 17.

This means that I can take my sister out for her birthday. Meet-up with my chummer Sebastian (who now lives in Brisbane and works with Microsoft as a System Center Premier Field Engineer). Time should allow for visiting the Castlemaine Perkins brewery – the source of the wonderful XXXX beer – and taking the alehouse tour.

Most of the vacation will be spent in West Australia with my dad and his wife.SW_Australia We have plans to visit the gold mine at Kalgoorlie and hopefully head down to Albany to check out the tree top walk. I’m going to hang with my step-brother Mark and go fishing with him out in the Indian Ocean.

This little excursion comes at a price. I only get three-weeks of vacation at Microsoft. So I was working on Sundays and coming in on other days off to make up the difference. Totally worth it!

Naturally, I will keep my Flickr account and this blog up-to-date as often as possible.

Best of all, this will be a rather inexpensive trip. I cashed in on my Aeroplan points with Air Canada. So I am making skips from Dallas, to Toronto, to Edmonton, to Vancouver and finally to Sydney. From Sydney, I’m grabbing a Virgin Blue flight up to Brisbane.

I am so glad that I am loading up my Zune with ripped movies and great songs!