In 1998 I took a two and a half month long vacation comprised of four destinations: California, Australia, New Zealand and Hawaii. I took off in early October and spent four days in Los Angeles visiting with a long time friend who lives there. We spent a few days with other friends of his rock climbing in Joshua Tree National Park. I then flew off for my first visit to Australia and I spent six weeks in the stunningly gorgeous South Pacific nation. Most of my time was at a skydiving centre called "Ramblers" located in a small town called Toogoolawah, near Brisbane. I did manage to get around to a few other locations but I enjoyed my time hanging with the new friends I'd met at the drop zone. After leaving Australia I flew off for seventeen days in New Zealand where I rented a car and did a whirlwind drive through both islands requiring taking the ferry from Wellington to Picton and back. While in New Zealand I did a bungee jump at one of the world's highest jump locations called "the Pipeline" located near the adrenaline centre of New Zealand, Queenstown. I also did a day trip kayaking the Waikato River to a remote waterfall known as "the Squeeze" and it proved to be well worth the effort. After leaving New Zealand I flew to Hawaii and spent most of my time there on Oahu driving around seeing the sites and making a few skydives. Interestingly enough, I didn't take many photos of this trip and there are actually none at all of my time in Hawaii. I took a Canon T-90 camera body, a couple of prime lenses and a few rolls of film with me for this entire trip. All of these images were shot on either colour negative film or Kokachrome slides and have been digitally scanned and enhance as best as I could achieve for them.
© Steve Tambosso - "The Wandering Fireman"