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  • Day2

    Back to Sydney

    February 23, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Up at 6.30am for our flight back to Sydney. Breakfast at the airport and then on board where we were sitting up the front in row 3. Akarsha is sure she has caught the Corona virus because she used the same helmet at go karting with someone who was wearing a mask! Back to Sydney and said goodbye to Jem, Harry and Jack who hopped in a taxi with a driver wearing a mask! We caught the shuttle bus back to our car. Then one last treat at Krispy Kreme and the birthday weekend is over.Read more

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    Indigenous All Stars v New Zealand Maori

    February 22, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    The reason we’re here! Sam’s birthday request. Indigenous All Stars v New Zealand Maoris Rugby League. We arrived to see the traditional war cries between the two teams. The game was played in quarters with the two teams neck and neck up till the end of the third quarter with the Indigenous team ahead by two points. Sadly in the last quarter the Maoris scored three tries!! Which was a disappointing result for us. We made it back safely to our van which Jem had parked quite close (where all the buses had parked) and then went hunting for our motel and food because some of us (Sam) were hungry but sadly the Maccas at Tweed Heads was full of partygoers and there was a half hour wait for food so all Sam got to eat was the chocolate bar that the Motel owners had kindly left in our room.Read more

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    Sushi, Timezone and Starbucks

    February 22, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    Drove into Surfers Paradise and had lunch at Sushi Train. Sam was not a fan. Daz and Jem had twice as many plates as the rest of us put together. All the kids were then keen for Timezone while the adults chilled at Starbucks.Read more

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    First stop Go Karting

    February 22, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    After lots of discussion about things to do the general consensus was Go Karting.
    So after registering and putting on funny balaclavas everyone except Jack and Sus got their helmets on, had a safety briefing and headed off on to the racetrack.
    Some played it safe and others had a few skids and bingles (Jem and Harry).
    Harry has the fastest lap and Daz the 2nd fastest.
    After break all the drivers got back in for a second session except Daz who objected to the tightly strapped helmet.
    This time there was a lot more competition with Jem the winner with the fastest lap followed closely by Harry and Akarsha. We’ll need to watch Akarsha when she gets her Ls in September.
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    Landing on the Gold Coast and Hire Car

    February 22, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    We waited in the queue at Budget to pick up a van Jem had booked so we could all travel together. Akarsha occupied herself with some Tick Tock while Daz checked out the tourist information.
    Harry and Sam decided to sit in the very back seat which I’m not sure is a good idea!Read more

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    Flight to Gold Coast

    February 22, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Today Darren, Susan, Akarsha and Sam woke up early ready to drive down to Sydney airport for our flight to Gold Coast. We’re going as part of Sam’s 14th birthday present to watch the Indigenous v Maori Rugby League game at Cbus Stadium tonight.
    At the airport we got Maccas for breakfast then met up with Jem, Harry and Jack Stone who are going with us.
    Akarsha and Sam haven’t been on a plane since they were 7 or 8 about 7 years ago. They were pretty nervous as the plane took off and landed and as the plane turned and we were just looking at water outside the window but also pretty bored during the one hour flight!
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    Day 12 Big Sur

    January 28, 2020 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 15 °C

    Most of us were up early to join Rose’s hunt for otters before we left Carmel by the Sea. We arrived at the National Park at 7.45 to find it didn’t open until 8am. We made our way around to the cove where they are most often sighted and first found some seals sunning themselves on the beach. Continuing along the path we managed to spot a few otters swimming in the ocean so Rose was happy and if you look on her Instagram page she may post some of the photos. They were too hard to photograph with just a phone camera.

    We went back to Carmel for breakfast and had an hour shopping before all piling back in our van for our drive through Big Sur, which means Big South. We stopped many times along the way for photo opportunities, had lunch at Nepenthe, a restaurant recommended by Matt and Leah, walked to the McWay Falls lookout and most excitingly of all saw a whole beach (100s) of elephant seals. They are huge creatures. There was a ranger there who explained that it was mainly females and babies. There were a few males who each have a harem of females. They feed in Alaska and then all come to California to have their babies. They were quite fascinating.

    We’re now at Cambria for our last night in America, at a beautiful seaside hotel. I’m looking at a magnificent sunset over the water. Tomorrow we will have our final drive to LA to fly home tomorrow night.
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    Day 11 Carmel by the Sea

    January 27, 2020 in the United States ⋅ 🌙 12 °C

    Last night we went for dinner to the Awahnee Hotel in Yosemite National Park. I had read the dress code and worn something reasonably dressed up and Darren didn’t look too bad either but the others were all still in their travelling gear - some still in tracksuit pants and sneakers (grandma!). Darren and I had to stand at the front of the group and try and disguise their disreputable state. The hotel was amazing in the middle of nowhere. Built in 1927, the dining room window has a view of the Bridal Veil falls in daylight. Sadly we were there at nighttime. The restaurant didn’t disappoint with delicious meals and a pianist playing the beautiful Steinway grand piano all night.

    No bears disturbed us during the night and we headed out of Yosemite at 9.30 this morning for our four hour drive to Carmel by the Sea. We met up with Matt, Leah, Annie, Elliott, Riley and Isla for afternoon and explored the quaint shops. We watched the sun go down over the ocean and Rose took plenty of photos. We went out for dinner to a Mediterranean restaurant.

    Tomorrow those who want to go and see the sea otters are going at 7.30 while the others have a sleep in and maybe explore the shops a bit more. Then we are off to Cambria for our last full day in America.
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