This is a travel diary of the places we have been since we left the comfort of home in Oz for 2.5 years ... and the trials, tribulations, photographic accounts and every-day experiences that are part of our life journey… through to our current adventures back home in Australia. Dare to Dream!!!
Day #11 Monday - Travelling again.... back in Calais!
We have had little luck getting internet successfully working while we have been away. We are currently sitting in McDonalds but connection is very limited. We leave from Calais (Storm had to have her injections here before we can go back again... so we wait) in the morning and will be back in the UK with our regular internet connection tomorrow some time. Can't wait to update you all on our latest adventures.
Once again we find that Calais has very little to offer. Unless you like noisy ferry's waiting to leave to UK and then coming in. They run all night long and are louder than a thunder storm.
We looked up things to see and to while in Calais, only to find that we have already visited the ver limited number of worthwhile things to see. It is difficult to imagine that this cold, blustery town could possibly be busstling with people in the summer months. Why?
We will be glad to see the back of it again. If it were not for Storm needed her injections to go back to the UK we would drive right past this run down, boring place. Oh, the joy! Matt did still manage to find some photographic opportunities amongst it all.... we refuse to take off those rose coloured glasses, even when there is little to really see.
The good thing about Calais is that we are always forced to relax while we wait out the two days before our departure from here... a small blessing.
Tonight... french fries from the beach (as has become our Calais tradition)... and sleep!
Today was one of those days in life that really threatened to bring me down!
Matt and I set off with a group of hikers to head up Mt Warning today. Having never done this track before we had no idea what really lay ahead. The sign at the beginning warned that there were many steps and steep inclines .... but nothing could have prepared me mentally for what this really meant.
The Wollumbin National Park, at Mt Warning, Summit track is NOT for the light hearted! 6 months ago there is NO WAY I could have made it up the 4.5km track (9km return) ... well, not in the 2:15 hours we did it in. The track is listed as a 'difficult' climb, with many (many, many) steps, followed by a steep rock face (with a chain to assist the climb).
By 2km I knew I had bitten off more than I really wanted to chew.... but refused to give in to the voices in my head. I may have chewed poor Matt out for his attempts to support me mentally. Definitely not in the right headspace for this today - but so…
This weekend we took on an adventure of a new kind as a family. With the desire for more 'adventurous' outings we joined a group of gym buddies and headed to Crank Indoor Climbing at Mt Gravatt. Crank Indoor Climbing can be found near Garden City, at 2/537 Kessels Rd, MacGregor. Parking is readily accessible at the adjacent parking facility.
We had so much fun at this venue! The climbing walls available are graded from beginner to advanced, and are all well labelled so that you know which grade your chosen wall is. The pegs are also colour coded, making life much easier.
The boys were AMAZING! They worked together, even helping their cousin Amara (who joined us for the day). Together they scaled walls, belayed for each other and encouraged everyone involved in our day out. Much to my surprise, I even managed to scale several walls - there's a first for everything. I absolutely LOVED it!!! Proof that you are never too old to get fit and give new experiences a go.
Once packed we decided to wait out time, until checkout, on the balcony…. where we saw more WHALES! This time I had my zoom lens handy so managed to grab a quick snap of what looked like a mother and calf. So cool!
We're now settled back at home, totally refreshed and ready to enjoy the rest of the school break together. This is the first time the four of us have been together like this most of this year and it's so refreshing.