Hot Days and Cold Rivers

Trip Start Nov 30, 2005
Trip End May 13, 2006

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Sunday, March 12, 2006

Okay, so I have a little back tracking and explaining to do.

I flew across after Perth to Brisbane. I went straight down to Byron Bay where I spent a few days. From Byron I came up the coast to the Gold Coast and stayed with some friends I'd met in Europe on Contiki. We had a really fun weekend together however it was absolutely pouring the entire time- which rarely happens in that area. The coast was certainly not Gold. I went to Brisbane with my friend where she gave me a bit of a driving tour. I was out early the next morning to Townsville-- and I told you a little bit about my days there in the last travel blog.

From Townsville I flew down to Melbourne and my friend Jess picked me up from the airport. The next day I caught up on some sleep and went to the Healesville Sanctuary which had every type of Australian animal. I saw koalas, snakes, wallabies, wombats, dingos, tasmanian devils, platypus (my personal favorite!), and some sleeping kangaroos. I learned that Koala is the aboriginal word for no water, and that koalas NEVER drink water in their life! Interesting, right?

That evening I caught up with another friend Zoe, and we went and watched her play a netball match, because I had never seen it. It seems a lot like what Girls Basketball used to be like back in the day when it wasn't just normal basketball. You know- all those crazy rules, only certain people can shoot, you have to stay in certain areas. Wierd. Anyway...

I spent the next day with Jess sort of touring around Melbourne. We went into Federation Square- checked out some cool museums and walked around. Then we took a tram and had lunch at St. Kilda's. We spent some time walking around and sat on the beach and went and had a drink at the "Espy." THen I had to go back and catch my train up to Tocumwal.

Tocumwal is the home of my good friend Eliza Barlow- and I have been hearing about it for a few years now. Its out in the bush as they say. A real country town-- but it is wonderful to be in this big family home and the Barlows have been really wonderful to me and made me feel right at home. Yesterday Eliza and I went down to the town market which happens about once a month. People come in to Toc from all around- so the town was more crowded than usual. It really just looks like a country town- not far from a little town in Michigan or somewhere else. People sitting by the river, walking around with ice cream, and other cute little things like that. Later in the afternoon (or arvo as they say here) we drove up the river and floated down for about 45 minutes. That was really awesome and refreshing. The days are REALLY hot up here.

Around dusk, Eliza took me driving to see some Roos. And roos we saw! In a half hour drive I'm sure we saw at least 20 or 25. They are cool animals just bouncing away in packs. I was pretty excited about that. I mean- it really is an animal that is all over the place- they are like deer to them- and in country towns like this- they are very very common.

This morning we woke up and went to clean out the old canoe in the backyard. We carried it down to the river and paddled an hour or so. It was pretty fun although the river was absolutely packed with speedboats and waterskis, and jetskis and all that stuff. We were definitely the only canoe. This is a holiday weekend so there are loads of people up camping in this area. Did I mention the temperature? It's hot. Somewhere between 35 and 40 degrees celsius which is over 100 degrees farenheit. So its great to have the river.

Its still up in the air what I'm doing next. Eliza and I may head down to Bendigo after dinner (that is where Eliza lives and goes to school) or else we will head down tomorrow morning.
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