24 Mar Lost and Found… (Celebrity blog post)
I’ve been begging and pleading and giving the puppy dog face for two weeks now to convince my dad, and a huge celebrity in my life, to write a blog post. I wanted y’all to hear what his place was like from a different point of view.
One that’s traveled millions and miles and lived 30 some more years than me and seen much greater things.
The reason I think I enjoy writing so much is because of my dad. And the reason he writes so well, is because of his. We are a family of story tellers ( even though my in person story telling is horrible) writing and speaking is a good trait we hold.
So here’s a little something from a local celebrity…
I have found a wonderful place I call Australia! I know it may not have been lost…But, as far as I’m concerned I found it. The good thing is I also found my lost daughter Kelsey! Of course she wasn’t lost either but I was sure happy to see her. Cindy and I started our trip on March 3rd, after a brief scare, when I realized my passport was expired the night before we were leaving. I ran to El Paso Immigration and naturalization and after a lot of begging and pleading I had a passport in 4 hours. We left El Paso at 2:30 and left LAX for a nice 15 hour plane flight at 9:30 pm. The best part is we both had the Flu, which made a great trip even MORE enjoyable. After a 26 hour travel day , and losing another day because of global warming or aliens or something we ended up in Sydney on March 5th. We rented a car with the steering wheel on the wrong side and careened out of the parking lot. Not only is the steering wheel on the wrong side but they drive into oncoming traffic also. We had leased a AIRBNB apartment and finally arrived to find my lost daughter, who I hadn’t hugged or kissed in 3 months. I then Found the bed and collapsed face down for 4 hours.
For the next few days we toured Sydney, taking the water ferry, climbing the Sydney bridge, we went to the World surfing championships, Bondi beach, saw Romeo and Juliette in the Opera house, drank beer and did the sightseeing tourist gig. Oh, and we also went to Mardi Gras which is the largest Gay and lesbian parade in the world. After brushing by 400,000 people, I had so much glitter on me I looked like a Vegas show girl at a Liberace convention.
We left Sydney and began our trek to Melbourne down the coastal highway, stopping at found beaches and small lost restaurants and quaint hotels. We stopped at WillyWanga, BillyBong, BurrumButtock, the Nobbies and Wollongong, and then some other cities with funny names. The towns were clean and friendly and safe, the people were clean and friendly and safe. We halted and saw kangaroos and wallabies, we saw Koalas and seals, we saw penguins and dolphins, we saw 150′ trees and beautiful farms and we saw hundreds of miles of spectacular beaches and seas of a color you can’t describe. For the next week we traveled about 1200 miles and I turned on the windshield wipers every time I meant to hit the turn signals ( those are also on the wrong side) and we skidded around traffic circles, which I learned to love.
We finally made it to Melbourne, a crowded and noisy big city, where Cindy and I flew back to Sydney and Kelsey winged her way to Tasmania after a heart tugging goodbye in the airport. after that there was only a flight to the US where we left on the 17th at 10:30 am and landed in LAX at 6:30 am on the 17th which means we got there before we left.
We enjoyed our time together and laughed at Chinese tourists taking 400 pictures of a seagull and figuring out which beer we liked ( Hahn’s super dry). All I can say is if Australia is on your bucket list, move it to the top. Australia is one of the nicest places I have ever been, and now that I have found it you should find it also.
During our time in Australia we also came up on the 2nd anniversary of losing Erin. We found some balloons and a lovely place called 90 mile beach and we called Morgen and Jeff and Shelby, 8000 miles away and let some balloons fly free and float into the limitless blue skies. I can only say that after all of the things we have lost we have found things. Kelsey has found her own strength and bravery. She has found that she can do things she never thought she could and things many people could never do. She has found some peace within herself. In many ways she has found “Kelsey”. Morgen has found and made a family and children and a good life.
I have lost many things and worried that I would lose Kelsey also.
But she is doing so well that maybe I have found what I should be doing. I am thankful that Cindy came to Australia as we had such a great time together with her and Kelsey and I’m thankful that she found me.
Ps. I am indeed in Tasmania which is an island south of the mainland. I’ve rented a car and been traveling for a week. It beautiful and inspiring and I am so glad I have myself to travel with. I’ll update soon! So many exciting things happening within the month!
“So when people leave, I’ve learned a secret: let them. Because, most of the time they have to. Let them walk away and go places. Let them have adventures in the wild without you. Let them travel the world and explore life beyond a horizon that you exist in. And know, deep down, heroes aren’t qualified by their ability to stay but by their decision to return.”
What a life changing adventure his has been, as always…