To say my kids and I packed in a full day today would be an understatement. But before we even began our day, I headed out for a quick run that included some nice hill repeats right here in my neighborhood–and my first Australian critter encounter!
We had to leave our house at 6:45 this morning to catch a tour bus, which meant I needed to hit the pavement by 5:30. Which meant it was dark, and so when I first stepped outside, I was in a state of heightened awareness. The neighborhood we are in feels incredibly safe, but still, a dark unknown neighborhood made me a bit jumpy. So it was pretty scary, albeit funny in hindsight, when only a few steps from home some sort of creatures crossed my path. I have no idea what they were, but they were cat-sized, gray, with long, white-tipped tails. They completely startled me and I let out a little scream. They went on their way, and I went on mine. I’d love to know what they were!
|The “three sisters” of the Blue Mtns.|
After a really fast shower, the kids and I hit the ferry and met our bus. We went to the Blue Mountains today. This is an incredibly beautiful set of mountains to the west of Sydney. We got to the top, where it was cold and windy, and then took a tram down to the valley floor, where the climate changes to a rain forest. Amazing and the pictures don’t do it justice.
|Feeding the kangaroos|
On the way back in to Sydney, we stopped at a wildlife park that was a huge hit with the kids (and me!). Here they featured lots of native animals that you could get up and personal with. We got to pet koalas and feed kangaroos (ice cream cones of all things). Good stuff.
Tomorrow I plan to start my day like an Aussie, doing a swim in an outdoor pool when the temperature hasn’t even topped 50 degrees yet. When in Rome…