Random ramblings and things that are, well, random and informative. All photos used within are copyright Joe Hupp (or their respective owners) 2012-2015 and do not belong to the public domain. Any unauthorised use may lead to civil action. Feel free to reblog my posts
Why does my mind keep going back to Thursday, May 7??? I think about this day every day – and I can tell you why….
When I first booked my Shallow Water Dolphin Experience at Dolphin Marine Magic in Coffs Harbour back at the end of February for the date I did, I told the person I booked it with that it was a self-brought birthday present for myself. Little was I to know what was to come on the day…. word had filtered back to Paige, the CEO of Dolphin Marine Magic and Paige, along with her staff, had planned something so special and so unexpected. I arrived on the day to check in for the Shallow Experience only to be told there was some amazing news at the bookings desk – I wondered what that might have been so I walked over and handed the lady there the paperwork (which I had previously signed for my Shallow Experience). She then issued me with my wristbands – I stood there looking at the orange wristband on my left wrist…. it was only then I was told my Shallow Dolphin Experience (purple/pink wristband) had been upgraded to the top level Ultimate Dolphin Swim (hence the orange wristband). I realise now I should have got someone to photograph my face – MasterCard priceless comes to mind right now! I had to stand there for a few seconds to comprehend what I had just been told…. and believe me: it took a while to sink in afterwards!
I went out to experience all the pre-show encounters (from seal and dolphin kisses to a double dolphin hug) then got to take part in the first Marine Discovery Presentation. Then it was time to head off for my in-water interaction – and what an experience it was! I got to meet Paige during the pre-encounter brief – the trainer who took us through the brief had said we were working with Calamity. Paige hinted at a surprise – that surprise was in the shape of 9 year old Bella…. I was so surprised! During the swim, we had the most amazing opportunities. My favourite of these was the foot push – I laid down on a body board and Bella pushed me from one side of the pool to the other. After this, I was given yet another opportunity – this opportunity was in the shape of a female Australian Sea Lion named Athena. I got to be the first guest to get a hand push off Athena – the trainers were training her to do them during the Seal Swim encounters. Athena is the most energetic Australian Sea Lion in the family…. I also got to learn about her during this encounter.
All in all, a absolutely terrific day and one I will never forget for as long as I live!
I have a little request, just wanna see if something can be done….
It’s my biggie birthday (40! Eeeeek!) soon, in a couple of weeks, and I was thinking to myself how great a present it would be to hit 1000 followers on WP by then… (I’m a couple away from 900 at the moment…)
This is where you, my lovely Peeps, come in.
Could you share/re blog this post, and see how many new followers I can get, and see whether I can hit that target?
(But only if you wanna!)
Foor those contemplating hitting that ‘Follow’ button, let me tell you a bit about me… I’m a mum, wife, daughter, teacher…. Heck I’m a woman!
My mission in life is to keep smiling, and to hopefully bring smiles to your life too.
You might be thinking who is behind this blog – it’s time to find out….
I am Joe Hupp, I am 30 years old and I live in Dubbo, NSW, Australia. I work full time at the biggest employer in Dubbo, Fletcher International Exports, as a labourer – in my spare time, I blog, travel and photograph things. Depending on my mood at any given time, I photograph my surrounds, trucks, cars, buses or coaches…..
I also love animals – dolphins and seals are my favourites… dolphins more than seals! This love comes from my first ever dolphin watch cruise off the coast of Port Stephens – I wanted to learn what I could about these majestic creatures after that cruise that I decided to make my first ever journey up to Coffs Harbour to visit Dolphin Marine Magic and do a in-water experience. And didn’t I learn a lot about dolphins – I learnt that we have a very distinct genus of dolphin in our waters. The Indo-Pacific Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops aduncus) is only found off the coast of Australia and a few other places…. it was believed that this genus was under the Common Bottlenose Dolphin name (T. truncatus) but was found to be a seperate genus all together back in 1998.
As I said in my opening paragraph, I love to photograph trucks – I lean more towards the classic and vintage trucks than the modern ones. I prefer the classic and vintage trucks, such as the Foden S21 below, for two reasons: 1) I can show people what trucks were like in the early days of road transport and 2) These trucks are lovingly restored and depict their owner’s love for them. Plus I get many opportunities to photograph trucks I have never seen before – this Foden was a truck I had always dreamt of photographing…. my dream came true at the 2014 Golden Oldies Truck Club Vintage Truck & Tractor Show.
The White Road Commander above was another truck I loved photographing – it has a very well-known history as a coal truck down in the Illawarra region of New South Wales…. it was one of three Road Commanders in a 12 truck test fleet owned by Clutha Developments. This particular truck was fleet #117, chassis number TE3220 and is owned (along with 116 (TE3074) and 118 (TE3219)) by Ray Grima, a White Trucks enthusiast from Kyabram, Victoria.
The coaches above are from my coach portfolio – they are both owned by Langley’s Coaches of Dubbo. The Scania is my favourite coach in their fleet as I have done the most travelling on it. I love coach travel as a way of getting around – I would rather travel by coach than drive (if I could) because you arrive where you are going as fresh as when you got onto the coach!
That’s it from me – if you want to know more, please do not hesitate to ask!
If you like Greek Salad, you’re gonna love these Greek Burgers. The burgers are seasoned with all the flavors of Greece and topped with a marinated combo reminiscent of a delicious Greek Salad; tomatoes, cucumbers, red peppers, green peppers, red onions and Kalamata olives marinated in a simple dressing, and feta served on pita bread slathered with a scrumptious Greek yogurt dressing! Fork and knife may be required!!
1 1/3 lb ground turkey
3 tablespoons Greek seasoning (see recipe below)
4 grape tomatoes, diced
8 Kalamata marinated seedless black olives from the deli salad bar (not jarred!), diced
(remember to spoon some of that lovely olive juice into your container!)
1 tablespoon diced green peppers
1 tablespoon diced red peppers
1 tablespoon diced red onion
2 tablespoons diced cucumbers
1 tablespoon fresh oregano
Greek Dressing (see recipe below) OPA Greek Yogurt Kalamata Feta Dressing
Feta cheese, sliced
This week’s Weekly Wind Down is a tribute to one of Australia’s best country singers, Slim Dusty….. I have selected a few of my favourite songs and here they are in no particular order:
Lights On The Hill: Slim’s wife, Joy, wrote this song from her experiences driving a truck towing a caravan when Slim was on tour. Back then, you used a switch mounted on the floor to dip the headlights from high to low beam and vice versa – this was hard for Joy as she contracted polio as a child:
Indian Pacific: Another Joy McKean song – the Indian Pacific is a train that traverses Australia from Sydney to Perth, a journey of 4352km…. the train’s name comes from the two oceans that are on each side of Australia (Indian on the east coast, Pacific on the west coast):
I’m Married To My Bulldog Mack: a Doug Trevor/Graeme Connors penned song – Graeme wrote many songs for Slim. This is a tribute to one of the best trucks ever built:
That’s your lot for this week – stay tuned for next week’s instalment where I will feature a country artist named Doug Bruce