Last Day in Canberra

Trip Start Mar 24, 2013
Trip End May 06, 2013

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Flag of Australia  , Australian Capital Territory,
Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Hi Everyone,
Today was our last day in Canberra.  Our Stay here with Steve and Lorraine has been a welcome break in our travels.  We have been able to relax, play with trains, do laundry, and still see a bit of the capitol of Australia.  
Yesterday Karen and I did a 10km walk started at the new Parliament Building.    Our walk took us partly around Lake Burley Griffin, many government buildings and monuments, and part of downtown.  The weather for our walk was a bit on the cool and windy side.  We had also under estimated the time it would take to finish our walk, so we had to rush through the last part of it to avoid a parking ticket.
When we arrived back at Steve and Lorraine’s house we warmed up and had lunch.  While Karen and Lorraine visited I helped Steve get his railroad ready for operations.  After dinner several of Steve’s friends arrived for an evening of operations.  Later we all went into the house and enjoyed visiting and eating pizza until after midnight.  It was a very fun day.
This morning we returned our rental car at the airport and met up with another friend, Mal Risby.  Mal, Steve, Karen, and I then drove out into the country to a nature preserve so we’d have a chance to see some real live Kangaroos.  We did get to see several “roos” in the wild as well as wild Emus (although to Emus have learned to pester tourists for food).
Next we all drove to the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex.  This site is a joint NASA and CSIRO facility.  The antennas here are used for communications with satellites, the Space Station, Mars Rovers, etc.  The big 46 meter wide dish is the largest in the southern hemisphere.  There are also several smaller dishes on the site as well.
Tonight we had a fantastic BBQ and enjoyed visiting with our hosts, their son, and Mal and his mum.  In the morning we catch the train to Sidney at 6:45, so it’ll be another long day.  I don’t think we’ll have internet access for a few days, so watch for more up-dates then.  Our adventures continue,
Jim and Karen
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Victoria on

I think I entered my last comment in the wrong entry! In case you don't see it - all is well at home. Plants are being taken care of and yard looks good.
Your stories and pictures are inspiring. I"m packing our bags!

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