Most people I asked where I should go while in Australia have said "Cairns". So, last week I bought a one way ticket. The first night I booked a room at a hostel called "The Asylum". It was was the cheapest, but it turns out even I have standards for where I will sleep. So the next day I found a room at the "Reef" which is a bit nicer. I spent the rest of the day walking along the beach, touring Cairns and eventually wandered into a tour booking company office.
They offered me a deal for a free scuba dive with a reef snorkeling trip. I figured it was time to give diving another try and see if my ears would clear now that I have been out of NM for a while, so I took them up on it. And, that's how I found myself scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef on perfect Saturday morning.
I have two pieces of good news. The first is that my ears do clear again with patience and the second is that my water proof camera really is.