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Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Hi for the last time,

Well this is it. Return to "normalcy".  It is with heavy heart that we leave Perth, and Australia behind, trading in sundrenched beaches and iced coffees for near-perpetual darkness and icy temperatures.   and by "heavy heart" he means a sense of devastation.  Poor boy had tears in his eyes as we boarded the plane. 

Our time in Perth and sojourn into South Western Australia was unforgettable.  A huge holler has to go out to Emily, Maclaine, and Chris aka C-dawg for putting us up, putting up with us, teaching us how to surf, showing us around, and most importantly letting us "live da life". We miss you guys already.  Hawaii 2008 - here we come!

A quick summary of our exploits over the past 1.5 weeks is in order. It pretty much went like this: awake at about 7 AM (who knew that babies make such amazing alarm clocks? )(not I, that's for sure), get up at about 8:30, partake in Break-slow, hit the beach, hang out with baby Mac -- I figure that the primary goal of the 1 year old is to test their caretakers ability to keep them from killing themselves -- you is crazy Mac, crazy! -- then go out for some lunch (I recommend the spicy lamb on turkish bread) hit the beach again for some surfing, then home for dinner and a few Gin & tonics, many stubbies of beer and a bucketful of red wine.  Yeah it was rough.

We did take a trip down south into the wine country.  We drove so far we reached Denmark (a rather weird town) where we spent the evening dining on take-out souvlaki & falafel with red wine while watching the sun set over Elephant rocks (isn't my boyfriend romantic?  insert sigh here).  Then we went and saw the Giant Red Tingle Trees in the Valley of the Giants whcih are over 400 yrs old and up to 75 M high!  Coolest thing though was the treetop walk, a freestanding structure 40 M high at the highest point that lets you walk amongst the canopy of these giants.  To finish off we climbed the Diamond Tree Lookout (actually, WE only made it about 15 feet off the ground, saw the potential for death and dismemberment and the clever one of us climbed back down.  Moritz got some great photos from the top - most of me climbing back down)  -- an old fire lookout this is a 52 M high tree with a platform at the top that you climb by way of metal spikes driven into its trunk winding around like a giant ladder.  Not good if you are subject to vertigo.  We then met up with Em, Chris, and Mac in Dunsbourough where they showed us some of the most beautiful costal scenerey we have ever seen (Redgate beach, Canal rocks) as well as taking us for some wine tasting at local vineyards. All I can say is it was stunning.

Enjoy the photos, and we hope you enjoyed the blog as much as we did.

Kirst & Mo 
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