Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Megan's arrival and B-Day/Goodbye Cake

Thanks Megan for making a good Ice Cream Cake. There are also some shots from Megans arrival. We celebrated my B-Day seven days early. On my actual Birthday we will likely be sleeping at an airport in New Zealand. We'll see what unflolds. Thanks Thomas family for loving on us.

Off to the Great Barrier Reef

Tomorrow we fly to Queensland, Australia. Our final destination will be Port Douglas. We hope to visit the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest. We will make the best of the rainy weather that is expected in the North of Australia.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Craigs Hut Photos

After a long drive we made it to Craigs Hut. Here are some photos. There were a couple sections of the drive where we almost did not get through. At one point we drained water from a deep bog in the middle of the track. On another ocassion we had to dig out big ruts on a muddy, sloping hill.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

The Man From Snowy River

Today we head to the hills on a 4 wheel drive track that leads to Craig's Hut. The hut and surrounding mountains are the backdrop for the film, "The Man From Snowy River". We will pack into the Landcruiser with the family for a long day of adventure. We hope to post pictures soon. We are grateful for every day. Thank you Jesus!

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Great Ocean Road With Grandma Win

Before picking up my sister Megan we spent a few days driving on the Great Ocean Road with Grandma Win. We had a nice picnic lunch on Bells Beach. We wished our friends Nick, Steve and Dan were around to surf the spectacular break. Later that night we stayed in beach side town of Lorne. We enjoyed the time with Win as she is overflows with joy. She is always up for an adventure. Here are some photos.

Miss Megan is officially "down unda"

Hey all, no photos just yet, but Miss Megan has arrived and is well and now drifting off to sleep. We took her into the city to browse Queen Victoria Market and then we met John and Luke to watch an Australian Rules Football game. She's happy to be here with Craig and happier to be here with me, Mud, because we just love each other! Meow!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Beautiful Wilsons Promontory

We returned from Wilson’s Promontory this afternoon. Wow! This place must be one of the most beautiful places in the Australian state of Victoria. We hiked 23 miles over three days. The white sand beaches were phenomenal. Mariella and Luke and I started the hike from Telegraph Saddle. From the Saddle we hiked to a place called Sealers cove to camp for the night. The next morning we hiked to Refuge Cove where a sailboat was anchored. We continued to Waterloo Bay to sleep the second night. After waterloo we hiked out through Telegraph Junction back to the car park. Tomorrow we head out for a three-day trip along the Great Ocean Road. Grandma Win will be our tour guide. : )

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Hiking Wilson's Promontory

Tomorrow we head off for a few days hiking in Wilsons Promontory National Park. The trails will take us through swamps, forests, marshes and valleys of tree ferns along beaches lined with sand dunes. Hiking Wilsons Prom. was a highlight of my time in Australia six years ago. We hope to give another update in a few days. : )

Saturday, March 20, 2010

The Wedding

Yesterday we celebrated the union of our friends Mark and Beck. We enjoyed the unique experience of witnessing an Australian wedding day. Congratulations Mark and Beck!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

A Trip into the City

A couple days ago we ventured into Central Melbourne on the train. Emma and Little Josiah were our Australian tour guides. It was Josiah first train ride. He had a blast looking out the window and staring at the people on the train! Here are some photos.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

A Weekend at the Farm

Mariella and I had the opportunity to visit the family farm near Phillip Island. The farm is home to many cattle that roam freely on the huge plot of land. I even saw a cow with no legs (ground beef!). It was nice to retreat into the quite of rural rolling hills. A highlight was the crystal clear night sky, jammed packed with stars and solar systems. Most of us do not get to see the skys like this because of light pollution in and near cities. It was humbling to sit under such a sky.

I recently read that President Theodore Roosevelt had a routine habit of stepping outside at dark to look at the night sky. He would find the faint spot of light near the lower left-hand corner of Pegasus and would recite: "That is the Spiral Galaxy of Andromeda. It is as large as our Milky Way. It is one of a hundred million galaxies. It is seven hundred and fifty thousand light years away. It consists of one hundred billion suns, each larger than our own sun." Then he would say that he now felt small enough. What a good way to induce humility. Earth is certainly a speck in this vast universe.

Under the star filled sky we had fun roasting kebabs for dinner and staying warm by the outdoor fire pit. We also took a day trip to the island where we saw penguins and kangaroos. We capped off the day enjoying an ice cream beachside.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Home Sweet Home

Here is where we are living or at least sleeping while in Melbourne. Each evening a large black possum walks across the tin awning. I will try to take a photo of him and post it to the blog. The awning protected the camper from the crazy hail storm last week. The hail shattered the tiles on peoples houses and shattered car windows. It was "haila" crazy. : )

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Hello Susan...

Susan, today we met with your good friend Ann. We had a cuppa in your honor. It was a great delight to converse with her over coffee and lunch. You are blessed to have such a friend. Thank you for connecting us.

From Australia, Melbourne Anne

Fowl Footage

A Visit to Morninton Peninsula

Last weekend we had the pleasure of visiting the costal town of Blairgowrie on Mornington Peninsula. Our friends Drew and Emma have a family holiday home near the beach. It was a nice time with the family. Unfortunately most of the three-day holiday weekend consisted of rain showers. We made the best of our time spending a few hours in the water throwing a "waboba" ball. Waboba's are great fun. You can skip this ball across the water like a flat, smooth rock. Mariella is not nearly as excited as I am about the ball. It is ok because my excitement for playing with the Waboba is more than enough for both of us. : )

Today we went with Grandma Win to have afternoon tea with the good people working at Focus on the Family Australia. It was good to see some of the people I worked with while volunteering for Focus six years ago. After the encouraging visit we went up to the Dandenong Mountains for some lunch and walking through the forest. Along the way we spotted a bunch of birds along the road. We had a blast feeding our "fowl" mouth friends.

We are greatly encouraged by our time with wonderful people. God's providence is clearly evident. Christ continues to work in and around us changing us for the better.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Healsville Sanctuary

Today we drove to Healsville with Grandma Win, Emma and little Josiah. We saw some of Australia's native anmimals. We had some nice pasties near a creek before heading to the sanctuary. Here are some photos of the animals.