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  • Day221

    Day 4 - Auntie Tricia and Shane's

    November 9, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    This morning we headed to Tambourine Mountain to do the rainforest Skywalk and the Glow Worm Caves.

    The rainforest Skywalk is a 1.5km walk combining forest floor trails and 40m high steel board walks. Although high, they were a lot more solid than the bridges at O'Reilly's so we took our time and looked at the various flora and fauna. Halfway round was a nice creek we could look over and on the way back was a rather wobbly cantilever bridge which one woman decided would be fun to bounce, and swing. Cheers for that!

    After the Skywalk we headed to the Glow Worm Caves. Glow worms, as we learnt, are only found in Australia and New Zealand and their biggest threat is humans due to deforestation and chemicals on crops or in water. For that reason this particular cave was man made. In the first part of the cave we sat and watched a video teaching us all about the glow worms before we entered the cave itself. Once inside we were surrounded by thousands of glowing bums! There are estimated to be around 7000 glow worms in the cave which is pretty good considering they only started out with 300. Our guide showed us one up close with a red light and you could see him wiggling to make another snare. With these snares they catch their dinner which we also learnt is hand caught by the staff each day using a butterfly net. Around 1500 flying insect are caught on a good day to feed them but as today was a but drizzly I think they may have gone hungry. Its okay though as glow worms can go without food for a good couple of weeks. Next to the caves they also had Frog Hollow, where there were a number of, yep you guessed it, frogs! After a quick wander around the frogs, we headed black to the house for lunch.

    After lunch we watched another afternoon movie and relaxed for the rest of the day. For dinner, Tricia cooked us up a delicious spaghetti bolognese. We sure are going to miss delicious home cooked meals when we're back on the road again.
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    Day 6 - Auntie Tricia and Shane's

    November 11, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    We were all up early as we were heading off to Thunderbird Park to do the Canyon Flyer. The Canyon Flyer consists of 7 zip lines that traverse the Cedar Creek Canyon and Tricia has booked Debbie, Simon and I on to do it. After we were kitted out with our gear we headed over to the first zip line in a huge 4x4 covered in camouflage tarp. Despite the driver reversing into a tree (now we know why they put the safety gear on us before getting in the 4x4) and a very bumpy ride through the forest, we made it to the first zip line. We had a quick practice on a small zip line first and then we were immediately on to the fastest of all the zip lines! Go big or go home! We then worked our way across the remaining 6 zip lines. Just before our final one, our instructors gathered us all together for a group photo. The got us to hold on to a rope around the tree and lean back over the edge and say bungee. Just as we said it they released the slack in the rope and we all fell a little bit. Turns out she wasn't taking a photo at all and instead a slow motion video. We were all strapped in so were perfectly safe but the video is pretty hilarious as we were all absolutely terrified! It took a good 5 minutes for my heart to slow back down. After that trust exercise, we were then hooked up to a quick release rope for the last zip line which the instructor had control over. She left us hanging over the edge for what felt like forever before releasing the rope and sending us off over the Canyon. We had a lot of fun and we got some great views out over the Canyon.

    After a well earned cup of coffee, we headed to Eagle Heights to check out a German Cuckoo Clock shop. It was a cute little shop with hundreds of Cuckoo clocks of various shapes and sizes. We could have stayed in there for hours watching them as they struck the hour.

    After a very adrenaline filled morning we were starving so we headed back to Tricia and Shane's for some lunch. Tricia and Shane live on a turf farm where Shane works so after lunch Shane took Simon out to see the Firefly. The Firefly is the huge machine that cuts the grass into strips, then drags it up on to a belt for the operator to quickly inspect before placing it on a pallet by an automatic arm, all in the space of about 10 seconds. Simon even got to go out for a ride in it and see it in action which was pretty cool.

    Whilst Simon was out cutting grass, I helped Tricia make a Mexican dip and potato bake for dinner to go with our T-bone steaks. The Mexican dip is delicious so I am definitely going to be taking that recipe home!
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  • Day218

    Auntie Tricia and Shane's

    November 6, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    Maddy is off to Mexico this morning so we dropped her off at the airport before returning the hire car. Our next stop is Auntie Tricia and Shane's for a week, so it was back on the bus to Beaudesert. Tricia met us at the bus stop and took us back to hers.

    In the afternoon we settled in and did a spot of laundry. For the first time in 7 months our clothes actually smell clean and are even soft from the fabric softener. For dinner, Tricia cooked us a roast dinner. I think she's going to have trouble getting rid of us at the end of the week.
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    Day 3 - Auntie Tricia and Shane's

    November 8, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Today was a nice quiet day. The weather was pretty pants and we had some more rain so we popped into Beaudesert to do a spot of shopping. In the afternoon, we watched a movie and then headed back into Beaudesert for a Chinese once Shane had finished work. The Chinese was amazing and I ate so much I had to get straight into my pyjamas when we got back as I was so full!Read more

  • Day222

    Day 5 - Auntie Tricia and Shane's

    November 10, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    The weather was grey and drizzly so we had a lazy day chilling out at Tricia's with an afternoon movie. Later on in the day my cousin Debbie arrived so it was lovely to see her after so many years. For dinner Tricia cooked us our third roast, lamb this time, which was delicious.Read more

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    Day 7 - Auntie Tricia and Shane's

    November 12, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    It's our last day at Tricia and Shane's so after a bacon (cooked Aussie style on the barbie) and egg breakfast we made use of the washing machine and started to gather our things together.

    It was also time to earn a bit of our keep so I helped Shane with the strimming (or 'wipper snippering' as they call it out here) whilst he rode the ride on mower. I carefully went around all the wires as I didn't want to cut off the cable tv or power to the house as I don't think I'd have been very popular. For the afternoon we dug into the remaining chips and Mexican dip from yesterday and watched some more movies.

    For dinner we had fish, mash and peas and then got an early night before moving day.
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