We flew into Melbourne the next day and had lunch downtown before starting our drive to the Great Ocean Road. The ocean was beautiful - but cold - and it was quite amusing to drive on the left. Just a few near mishaps today, but with great hilarity. We stopped at a small town for the night and shopped for our own groceries, proud of ourselves for buying the local brands and trying new things. While we "discovered" TimTams, Lambington, crumpets, and other delicious Australian foods, the frozen pizzas we had were beyond awful; the meat on them may not have been from a recognizable animal. It was that bad. But with this family, any experience like that is just one for great memories.
Packed in our strange black van, trying to figure out Australian road signs, scouting for kangaroos, laughing at Dad's driving difficulties, sharing a pint of ice cream between seats ... it was so great to roadtrip together again. After dinner a few of us went down to the beach. A full moon was shining down on the sea, and lights from a nearby pier stretched out to meet the moon's reflection. A few night walkers and their flashlights twinkled across the sand but otherwise, it was black.
The next morning was Christmas Day. We had a lazy and fun breakfast in our condo, eating waffles and crumpets and drinking mango juice from champagne flutes. We opened Christmas cards and looked at Christmas pictures until the hotel manager came to tell us our check-out time was right about then. We loaded up the van again and started on the Great Ocean Road.
Hours of unspeakable beauty, blue-green water hugging a jagged coastline, and the road running just inland. Many photo breaks to capture the views, including the famous Twelve Apostles. We stopped in Port Campbell for a swim, where we ambitiously broke out our dive booties and fins thinking we would swim out far. To our credit, we stayed in for about 15 minutes even though the water was probably 50 degrees.
Mom caught us napping on the plane (what else is new) and the person behind us was a little confused
Ready to roadtrip!
Beginning one of the most beautiful drives there is...
the Twelve Apostles
almost at the end of the road - began to rain offshore
I'm a twenty-something from the Pacific NW making home in new places as I follow where God leads.
My intent is to show Christ's love to the world and use business to solve some of the social problems we face: hunger, illiteracy, healthcare, economic hardship. For now, I'm in a stage of learning. A little adventuring, a few books, some good friends, and a whole lot of prayer and life runs on.