So, I've realized that looking at my last post, I'm getting tired of posting each day, I really should just do this while I am on vacation then it will be fresh in my mind. Next time; for the rest of this vacation I'm just going to combine it all together! We did do a lot of stuff, so it will be a bit long but not so bad.
Tash and I took one last morning walk along the beach before we jumped on a plane and flew to Melbourne. We arrived there a little later in the day but we did go over to the Australian Open Tennis place, that was the thing Dad wanted to do in Melbourne.
We actually got to see Melbourne in the light and it was cool. It had a lot of old timey building mixed in with very new hip ones. Examples:
We went on a walking tour of Melbourne which took us down cool renovated alleys that were filled with food vendors. Arcades which is like indoor strip malls, one of which had this massive mosaic floor which was crazy impressive!
Our first activity of our last day in Australia was to explore the Rippon Lea Mansion. It's one of the older homes built during the gold rush like in the 1820's. It was a cool home to walk around in and the grounds were beautiful too.
I loved Australia! Adventure is Out there!
Thursday, May 24, 2018
Monday, May 21, 2018
This day was sunday,we decided to go to the first hour of church then call it a day. Well we thought it started at 10am, nope it started at 9am. So we just went to the last two hours of church and called it good.
The rest of the day was spent on the beach and the markets. We did catch a street dancing competition which was cool but we didn't take any pictures of it.
I realize that there really wasn't much to write about today, so here is a picture of our awesome view from our hotel and a koala.
Sunday, May 20, 2018
That's my mom and dad and Tasha relaxing on the beach.
Then the clouds rolled in and we had to call our beach day cause we could read what was about to happen. Downpour! Thankfully our hotel had a luke-warm tub (instead of a hot). We relaxed in there till the rain let up then we got dressed and walked down to the local mini Golf place.
Yep we played mini-golf!
This was a horse show that also fed you dinner. They gave you hats at the start and had a bit of a music concert to watch while they were getting the tables ready.
On the way back we stopped at costco, with the help of a combination of useless GPS and then me looking it up on my phone, cause I downloaded the map of the area. It was a fun adventure.
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
So I don't know about you but I grew up watching the Animal Planet channel and one of the main stars was Steve Irwin. I loved watching that guy jump on crocs and talk about wildlife. He had such an energy and passion for it, truly one of my childhood icons, and I got to fulfill a childhood dream by going to his park. The park his family owns and runs to this day.
We also had a chance to pet and touch a tortoise, I don't have that picture but we got to, it was adorable.
Adventure is out there.
Monday, May 14, 2018
So we headed to the Aboriginal center, after stuffing our luggage in the too small rental. Two big luggage in the back and two carry-on and massive backpack in the center seat. It was tight but we fit in.
I go out to the street, maybe they'll see that I'm not there and they'll circle round to get me. I wait.... and wait .... nope. I reach into my pocket and realize I don't have my phone or my wallet, or my passport. All that was in my pocket was that stupid dinosaur, not much help.
I'm actually quite proud of myself, for not panicking. I figured the rental place had to be close and I possibly walk to it. I just had to be sure where it's at. There was a similar rental car filling up with gas and thankfully I remembered what the logo looked like and it was on the car. The guy had just finished paying for his gas and so I stopped him before he got in his car. I told him that my family had abandoned me and I just needed to know where the rental place was to catch up to them. He said he was heading there right then, and offered me a ride. I had a quick moment of thinking of the movie Taken and that I am not prepared to deal with a potential abduction..... but whatever. I said yes, and jumped in his car. He was a really cool guy, his name was Oscar and he was from Samoa. We got to the rental place, and I found my Dad standing on the sidewalk looking around perplexed, my sister was talking to the rental guys trying to get another car (they already turned in our car.) Our luggage was in the airport shuttle along with my Mom. And it became a running gag that I anytime I go to the bathroom I tell them not to leave me behind.