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Solo Travel to the Great Barrier Reef

Traveling alone feels weird.

Photo by Ron Mitchell


Even though they speak English in Australia, the accent is often hard for me to understand. (Some even cough with an accent) Making travel arrangements on the fly takes loads of time and work. I’ll never complain again, Marilynn!

Photo by Ron Mitchell


Got to take a tour if you want to see the reef. Many leave from Cairns. I’m at least 30 years older than the 40 other folks on this snorkel/dive tour of the Great Barrier Reef. We speed to the outer part, about 50 miles from shore. None of the kids talk with me (many speak Chinese anyway), and they totally quit looking my way once I remove my shirt to put on the mandatory full body stinger suit. (Mare would have taken take a photo of that)

Photo by Ron Mitchell

These Aren’t Mushrooms

But underwater is where it’s all happening, Baby!

Photo by Ron Mitchell

Seriously, This Is Not An Aquarium

I take terrible photos on land, and have no business trying to take them while bobbing around in whitecap water during a rainstorm. Touching the wrong button produced a ten-minute “selfie video” of chaos and a few views of me coughing and gasping for air. Despite drinking lots of salt water, I managed to snap a few nice ones down under.

Photo by Ron Mitchell

A Coral Cliff

The miracle of technology creates cameras for photographically challenged.

Photo by Ron Mitchell

A Colorful Fellow

So, there you have it. A short and sweet unedited tiny sample of The Great Barrier Reef.

Photo by Ron Mitchell



A fellow traveler at Lake Baikal in Siberia once told us, “Some people just have to see it.” The Great Barrier Reef will certainly blow your mind, if you ever get the opportunity. I had to see it. Thank you, Abundant Universe.  Cheers.     Ron Mitchell

12 Comments Post a comment
  1. Great photos! The coral is so beautiful there. Makes me want to go diving again!

    March 14, 2016
  2. ma & pa #

    Great photos!! Beautiful!!

    March 14, 2016
  3. Your photos are beautiful! There’s a 1920, hand-touched photo pastel effect. Is that a setting on your camera, post-processing, or it’s just like that? Traveling alone, yea, done that a lot. In some ways easier if you’re not used to a steady play mate. But all in all I prefer company. Good travel partners are hard to find! Glad you got to see this! happy trails and all that.

    March 14, 2016
  4. I can tell you’re glad you did it. Loved the underwater photos.

    March 14, 2016
  5. Wonderful photos. And so glad you finally appreciate Marilyn 😉

    March 15, 2016
  6. Vicky #

    These pics are beautiful

    March 30, 2016

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