I'm so happy that you get along with your housemate :) I hope to hear more about how you guys get along!
I also really enjoyed hearing about your observations of your new life so far! Amazing that those kids know about K-pop! Who would have thought!? How did they know about it?
How long is your drive from work to school? Must be awesome not having to deal with traffic jams!
We spent a lot of our weekend driving at 110kmph. It's quite a liberating experience. As I looked out the car windows, I noticed that I got this 'expanding' feeling and a sense of freedom when I looked out to see empty space rolling on, and on, and on. It's the same feeling I get when I look out to the ocean on my runs. I love it. It just feels like the whole world is out there waiting to be explored and I feel like anything is possible!
On Saturday, Kev and me together with his Mom, Brother and Sister-in-Law decided to go to Bluff Knoll in the Stirling Ranges. However, from the early hours of the morning, it was grey and dreary with a constant drizzle.
Here are some of the snaps taken throughout the day.
|Kangaroo riding an emu up ahead|
|Wild drive up to Bluff Knoll|
|A token 'snap' at Bluff Knoll|
|What we could see at the parking spot at Bluff Knoll|
We then decided to give 'Castle Rock' a try. The weather didn't seem as wild as Bluff Knoll, and we were pleasantly surprised to experience a lovely cool walk up. The cloud and rain cloaked over the tree tops, creating a luminous white diffused light and delicate black silhouettes of branches that stretched higher and higher.
|The rain and mist on top of the trees|
|A photo request of Kev's which turned out awesome!|
|Fiddalee-dee he's touching it.|
|A natural frame. Loved this!|
|One of my favorite snaps - this is what we saw for most of the walk.|
If you hear a 'cooo-ing' noise in the video, its not a pigeon. It's a Kev-pigeon.
When we reached the top of the climb, near the lookout of Castle Rock, we saw all these awesome rock formations. Obviously, we couldn't help but do some fun poses.
|Kev's awesome upper cut|
|Me doing the 'THIS IS SPARTAAAA!' kick|
The Karri Lookout was a easy 50m walk to a bridge which allowed you to look out in one direction.
The Castle Rock Summit however, required a 65m scramble. This included climbing up 2 sets of rocky walls, and then a ladder which takes you up to the sky walk on the summit. At first we thought we would just do the Karri Lookout as it was still pretty windy. However, after seeing the Karri Lookout and feeling slightly deflated (didn't seem much of a challenge), we decided that we would do the 65m scramble to the Castle Rock Summit.
|Climbing up to get to the lookout|
|At the base of the look out|
|We then had a narrow corridor before climbing up the second wall.|
|Kev on the ladder.|
The ladder was by far one of the scariest parts. The wind howling through the grates and the rain lashing on you while you climb up this wet and slippery ladder which was high above the ground, made me freak a little. But I 'just kept climbing, just kept climbing' (in a Dory-like voice) and started humming a random happy tune to keep me going.
When we got to the top, it was the weirdest sight ever. It was as if we had reached the edge of the world. Where there was nothing else beyond where we stood. Just white emptiness.
|Sky walk leading to no where|
|This was our view looking down from the sky walk.|
We weren't disappointed, if anything, it was a slight relief that we couldn't see out and below us as if we could, we would have probably freaked out more when the wind and rain thrashed against us.
On the way down, we took some more fun photos:
It was such a cool, fun and adventurous weekend. Kev and I were happy that we could try out our new 'outdoors wear' such as our trekking boots, Icebreaker thermal wear and for me, my new waterproof jacket and water resistant pants. All items proved well worth the money and are definitely things we will pack in any upcoming holidays... *hint hint*