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what I love about Melbourne weather:  the aftermath of an afternoon deluge…

(photo by kcma)

OK, so its May and I’m STILL working on posting all the pictures from our March/early April adventures.  Rather than give you the impression that I am ambivalent or lazy, please note this is due to the sheer abundance of fun had by all (partially offset by the necessary balance of work and picture weeding).

So needless to say, we had a blast during Lisa & Matt’s trip, hot on the heels of the parents visit and our hiking adventures.  We meet the  jet lagged couple in Sydney for the Easter weekend, and showed them our favorite sights in the city.

On Saturday morning, it was off to the Blue Mountain. Just an hour’s drive as the crow flies (but certainly NOT as the traffic accumulates) east of the city, rich gum tree forests earn the Blue Mountains their name, as a blueish fog settles on the hills through a combination of mountain climate and aerial eucalypt oils.  We stayed in a cute little house in the middle of a bird paradise, managed to rope Lisa & Matt into the stairmaster of all hikes and only got a little lost along the way, and enjoyed ourselves a serene dawn-hike over (literally) the Wentworth Falls.

Check out the pictures on the photos page.

After we returned to Melbourne, we had a whirlwind week to show them the best side of our city.  And although it may not have an internationally recognized opera house, it does have a golf course that’s home to hundreds of kangaroos.  So on their sunny last Saturday down under, what else could we do but journey down the Great Ocean Round and play a round at Anglesea Golf Course?  I played photographer to what I’d like to call golf-a-roo…

Thanks Lisa & Matt for the visit!!

Last weekend we took Alex, our temporary associate from NYC, down the GOR to see all of Australia has to offer.  It was kinda cold, and less than abundantly sunny, but we had a great time nonetheless cruising down the coast and camping overnight at Apollo Bay.  Full pictures on the photos page.

This fine Sunday, my husband took his wife and his dog for a walk.  We were both in great need of a little exercise and R&R.  So we took off for Airey’s Inlet, a quiet and remote coastal expanse only a short drive (<2 hrs)  from the city, at the beginning of the Great Ocean Road.

It felt human again to have the sun and wind on my face, and hear the calm crashing of waves.  And Bentley, oh Bentley was beside himself.  We walked up and down the coast for 3 hours, til our tired little pup nearly gave out (he slept the entire ride home, and is snoring next to me now).

Yep, it was a pretty great day. Full pics on the photos page.

During Leah & Jordan’s recent trip, we rented a 4-sleeper campervan and embarked on a vacation, Aussie-style.  Roadtrip!  After deciding in the 24th hour to completely change our course, we set off on the tantilizingly close and beautiful Great Ocean Road for a 5-day adventure.

It was… spectacular. We were so happy to have shared these moments with Leah and Jordan, as we saw more native wildlife in 5 days than we have in our 9 months traveling around this great land.  And all no more than a 3-hours drive away!  It was a trip to be remembered.  The narrated story is on the out and about page, and a full slate of pictures up on the photos page.

More to come of our continued adventures in Melbourne proper when we returned from the great ocean road(trip)…