Under the Southern Cross

Trip Start Oct 30, 2012
Trip End May 30, 2013

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Flag of Australia  , Victoria,
Sunday, February 17, 2013

We met some other CSers today who have invited us to join them camping over the weekend. We were excited to go, as seeing the natural beauty and landscape is what we really want to do.

We have also been trying to plan out a camping trip for the following week and we met up with another CSer to get some supplies and rent a vehicle. It looks like we may get our fill of camping very shortly!

That evening after loading a giant pile of 'stuff' into the commodore and tent trailer, we hit the road! It was quite a drive out to the campground (3+ hours), so we wanted to get started. No leisurly trip along the Great Ocean Road, we were taking the most direct route. However, fate had different plans. We had our first blown tire along a major highway (yes, I did say first). Brian and Dave braved the traffic and changed the tire to the spare. By the time the 2nd one went, we were down backroads in deserted Aussie-land. We were hoping that it was a tire from the trailer as there would be a spare for that, but no such luck. Calling the equivalent of Aussie CAA we waited for help. It was now approaching 8:30pm and things were beginning to get dark – past the time we'd hoped to be at the campground. So while we waited, we had an alfresco dinner in the ditch beside the blown tire. I'm sure everyone driving by wondered what we were doing! As the stars came out, Brian remarked how the new moon faced the other way, Orion was upside down, and we saw the southern cross for the first time.

We pulled into the packed campground around 11 pm and squeezed into a spot behind another camper. We popped our Qantas champagne and started to relax again.

Days of sunning ourself of the beach and body boarding in the surf.  Sand worked it's way into bodily crevasses we didn't know we had. We felt like we could get into the Aussie life.  Afternoons, we retreated out of the intense sun to some shade and beers. Then the barbie came out.  The sun set into the ocean and it looked like it fell from the sky and splatted onto the edge of the world. Then at night, the Milky Way splashed itself across the sky so bright and intense I haven't seen it'sequal since being in the desert of Wadi Rum. We stayed up late into the night watching the stars slowly move their way through the sky.

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