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!!!
Once again we drove as far as Richmond train station and bought our 1 day travel cards (these give us unlimited bus, train and underground usage for the entire day).
Both of these venues are completely FREE to visit. Amazing! We started with the Science Museum. For hours we wandered around the many floors stocked with scientific history. We saw everything from ancient technology to modern technology. There wasn't as much hands-on exploring as we had hoped but it was still a very interesting visit.
We have become quite proficient at the whole 'day travel card' now. To the point where, instead of walking 10 minutes up the road to the nearest McDonalds for lunch, we lazily jumped on a bus and took it instead. Mind you, we had already been walking around all morning. Lazy, though! Yes, we know! In our defence though: it was raining...lol.
After lunch and a Costa Coffee...mmm... we headed back to the Natural History Museum, all quite tired by then and not sure what we would find. Wow!!! What a place!!!
We all woke up very quickly as we entered the extravagant foyer of the museum. You enter main part of the museum (which is itself in a very old building) on an escalator that goes through a massive globe... so cool!!!! To make this experience even better... it was HANDS ON! Loads to touch and see. We all absolutely loved it! We even lined up in an apparent 45 minute queue to see the dinosaur exhibit, which was really only about 15 minutes, but not as exciting as the rest of the museum.
When we eventually got home at 8pm we were very tired but totally fulfilled. A great day!
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.