Friday, 19 October 2018

Day Nine - Adelaide Hills!

Happy Friday to you all! At least that's what my phone is telling me! After nine days of holiday, traveling, time zone hopping, packing, unpacking & relocating ... You'll have to forgive us for being a bit vague on what day it is. :0) My Beloved Geek Boy & I start most days with a conversation about the day ... We've had a Monday, a Tuesday & a Wednesday, but I'm not sure I remember Thursday ... Oh that's the day we ... So it must be Friday. Tee! Hee! Hee!

While we'll probably continue to lose track of what day it is (that's one of the great joys of holidays, really!) our manic Meanderings should be a little less ... Well ... MANIC ... For the next week. Today we left Victor Harbour to head to my Aunt's place in the Adelaide Hills, where we'll base our adventures for a little over a week. And it was good timing, as it turns out, with a nasty cold front sweeping in today amidst dangerous wind warnings & grey skies ... Not good beach/harbour weather. :0)

After meeting my Aunt for lunch in Mt Barker, we followed her through the winding back roads to the 25 acre property she shares with her Sweetie & a small herd of alpacas & enjoyed looking out over rolling green hills ... Enjoyed looking from INSIDE cos the weather was nasty OUTSIDE! 

It's a very pretty view, but can you see how bent over those trees are in the wind?! ICK! So ... Tomorrow has been designated a stay-home-and-catch-up day ... We'll sleep in & catch up on some beauty sleep (I need all the help I can get!!), we'll catch up on the washing, I'll catch up on my emails & wait for the weather to improve a bit before we go adventuring again. Oh ... Did I mention we'll also catch up on our adventure-planning?! Tee! Hee! Hee!

Not hugely exciting today, but lovely to catch up with my Aunt & her Sweetie. I promise to pop in again soon with an adventure update ... Stay tuned. :0) I wish you all a safe & relaxing weekend ... Hope you're enjoying tales of two travelers. :0) Til next time ...

BEAR HUGS!

CHEERS!
KRIS


Thursday, 18 October 2018

Day Eight Of The Road Trip Adventure!

Hello to all you lovelies who are dropping by to share our holiday with my Beloved Geek Boy & I. It's day eight of our road trip & it's been a bit of a cruisy one ... A nice change of pace after a few big travel days.

We were a bit disappointed to find that a couple of activities here at Victor Harbour that we'd included on our "I'd Like To Do That" list aren't currently operating ... But ... that meant we could take time for a bit of a sleep in this morning. NICE! :0) We then headed off to see what we could see & decided to ease into the day with a gentle pastime ...

... A ride on the horse drawn tram. I love Clydesdales! They're the gentle giants of the equestrian world. And their fluffy feet are cute! :0) The tram runs from the Victor Harbour information centre across to Granite Island ...


That's where we were headed ...


... And that's where we'd been. Once on Granite Island we took ourselves off for a walk around some of the paths to admire the ocean views ...


It was quite mesmerising to watch the waves pounding onto the rocks & I love how the colour of the water changes from deep, dark teal in the depths, to lighter, icy minty-teal as the wave draws across the rocks, to foamy, lacy white when waves break on the boulders. Very soothing to watch. :0) After retracing our steps, we jumped back on the tram & headed back to the mainland to spend some time at the whale centre ... No pics, but we learned a lot about whales. ;0) And with all the planned activities done for the day, we went for a meandering drive around the bay, admiring another change in water colour that occurred when some of the clouds rolled away & the sun peeked out ...


What a difference, right?! First clear weather we've seen in days ... Though apparently a cold front is moving through tomorrow ... SIGH! Still ... We're on holiday, so we can still sleep in. :0) We're off to my Aunt's place near Adelaide tomorrow for the next week. It will be nice not to have to pack up every day, I must say, & there are lots of things to see & do around Adelaide, so expect more adventures to come. :0) 

But for now, I think I hear the kettle calling before I hit the shower & bed. I hope you're all having a great week & that you're gearing up for a fun weekend. Til next time ... 

BEAR HUGS!

CHEERS!
KRIS 






Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Day Seven Of The Flying Circus!

Greetings to all of my lovely cyber buddies who are traveling along with my Beloved Geek Boy & me ... I hope you're enjoying our adventures as much as we are ... Well ... As much as you can without REALLY being with us on the road. :0)

And on the road was where we were again today, with more driving than doing as we headed further into South Australia. We had intended to start the day in Mt Gambier with a stroll around the edge of one of their main attractions ... A large lake in the crater of an extinct volcano ... The Blue Lake. It is so named because in good weather its water is a clear, vivid blue. We were NOT experiencing good weather! In fact, it rained all night & continued to drizzle. SIGH! Still ... We braved the wet weather to climb to the most accessible lookout ...


The Blue Lake was a very DARK blue today. It was still pretty cool, but not the bright colour we'd hoped to see. My overactive imagination also had me imagining all sorts of creatures lurking below the lake's surface waiting to devour the unwary swimmer or fisherman. Yes ... I watch way too many disaster/creature movies! Tee! Hee! Hee! The other spot in Mt Gambier that I'd been told to visit was the Cave Gardens ... Which turned out to be quite different to what I was expecting, but well worth a look. The gardens are right in the middle of the city in a sinkhole ...


Can you see the street level at the top of the pic? There were several waterfalls cascading into the sinkhole cave ...


This is the largest fall.


And this was the smallest. Oh! Look who I found. :0) it was then time to climb back up ...


... To street level ... See? There's our Big Blue waiting patiently for us. :0) And the roses here were divine. It was back on the road again for us - After a bit of a scuffle with the Tomtom about which direction we were heading (for some reason it doesn't understand the OCEAN part of Great Ocean Road & keeps trying to take us via inland routes) we followed the coastline further west, stopping for a cuppa to stretch & warm up at Beachport.


Our view while we sipped coffee. Looks cold, doesn't it? No swimming today!


Further around the coastline at Beachport we found some surf (sort of!) but even the surfers weren't silly enough to be out today. :0) After chatting to the helpful tourism officer at Beachport, we took a little shortcut on a barge at Wellington to reduce our travel time by over half an hour.


We arrived just in time to drive on, crossed the Murray River in about 10 minutes & were off again, through some fairly bleak scenery, often with lake areas running alongside the road ... Including a PINK lake ...


Again, not a great day to view it, but there was a definite pinky tone to it. Then it was on to our 'home' for the next two nights at Victor Harbour. Again, the accomodation is a bit disappointing (can we say 70's un-chic decor?!!) but we have 'beach views' ...


Apparently??! You can JUST see a smidge of water over the grass bank. Maybe if we sit on the roof?!?! Ah well ... We'll be out & about more than in & gazing at the view, so I guess we'll cope. :0)

And that is day seven of the Meares' Meanderings reported in. I'll be back to let you know what mischief we find here at Victor Harbour to occupy us tomorrow. :0) Right now, it's cuppa time, so I'll sign off. Stay tuned for the next instalment! Til next time ...

BEAR HUGS!

CHEERS,
KRIS











Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Day Six Road Trip Update!

Happy Tuesday to you all! I hope you're all having a fantastic week so far ... I know we are! :0) Day six of our road trip adventure & we're starting to get a bit muddled about where we've done what, where we are now & what day it is ... Aaaaah ... The hazards of being on holiday! Tee! Hee! Hee! Now there are quite a few pics again so you may want to get that kettle boiled & snuggle down somewhere comfy. :0)

So ... Today started with a little bit of backtracking to see the rock formations that the Great Ocean Road is best known for ... The 12 Apostles (though we found out there were only ever 8 to start with & one gave in to erosion & gravity some years ago!), London Arch (once London bridge ... Until it disconnected from the mainland when an arch met erosion & gravity), The Bay of Islands, The Bay Of Martyrs, The Arch ... & a few other random rock formations that are pretty cool. :0) After a bit of a lightbulb moment, some research & a budget review ... We decided a birdseye view was the best way to go & booked ourselves a helicopter ride. We both love flying so this ticked all kinds of boxes. :0) I was in the back seat so my view was a little restricted & there are a few odd reflections in my pics, but I got a couple of good ones. Our pilot was Isobel with the Twelve Apostles Helicopter Tours & despite it being a bit bumpy due to the wind & weather conditions, she did a fabulous job & made it look easy.


Don't you just love the colours! Aqua, teal, navy, tan & green & all so vivid. I wish I could dip a paintbrush in the colours to create fabrics these colours! :0)


I confess to having no idea which name went with which rock formations, but they were all SPECTACULAR!


It's amazing how the colours changed depending on sunlight & angle.


What an experience! 25 minutes just raced by & we both wanted to do it again & again. :0) But ... Things to do, places to be ... & lunch to be eaten! Tee! Hee! Hee! We headed westward again & stopped into the Warnumbool Cheese World (seen & noted on previous to-ings & fro-ings!) for some supplies ...


... Added them to our local Bunnyconnellon olives brought from home & headed to ...


... A hidden sanctuary in an extinct volcano crater, complete with lake ... Tower Hill near Warnumbool. It was a lovely peaceful spot, with the 'locals' making us feel welcome ...


First came a juvenile magpie ... These musical maggies are a bit different to our QLD locals ... This variety has a white back while we're used to maggies with black backs. Theses guys seem a little larger, too. This bubba wanted us to feed him, but we didn't give in ... The signs said not to, but we also know hooman food can hurt our critters ... Even if they think it's delish! :0) While we were enjoying our cheesey lunch, we also spotted another local on the move ...


It's not a great photo as it was zoomed in as far as I could, but Kenny (or Kaz?!?!) the koala was checking out the scene, dodging camera-wielding tourists (I think they were a Germany family, from the snippets of conversation we caught & our limited German learned while watching Inspector Rex!!) & looking for a good spot for an afternoon nap, having just completed his/her morning nap. :0) And THEN ...


... Ernie (or Elsie?!?!) emu stopped by to try to share our lunch. But we had places to be, so hit the road again ...

Along the way we passed a few of these. It was our first close encounter with the wind turbines & considering the controversy about them being a blight on the view & too noisy, I found them mesmerising & definitely more visually appealing than telephone towers & power pylons. After veering inland for a bit, driving through lush, green farmland, we found the beach again at Cape Bridgewater ...


And the weather was closing in on us again ... But ... Intrepid explorers that we are, we headed off to see the nearby Petrified Forest ...


Here's GB looking like a tourist! Tee! Hee! Hee! The petrified trees were kind of cool & kind of weird. It was almost like a scene from Pompey. You could see the bark, roots & hollow logs like this one & they covered a fairly large area right to the cliff edge ...


Uh! Oh! That haze isn't my fingers in front of the lense (THIS time! :0P ) It's rain coming in off the ocean ... & it was much faster moving than we were! We got rather SOAKED, so stopped off at Cape Bridgewater beach again ... This time at a coffee shop for a hot beverage to warm us up. And then on to tonight's overnight accomodation at the Blue Lake, Mt Gambier, South Australia. Yep ... We've hopped across another border, into another different time zone (Damn you, confusing daylight savings!!) The accomodation isn't quite as advertised, but we're only here for a night & then we'll be out exploricating again. Hopefully the rain that is currently pitty-patting on our roof will clear up by morning ... Otherwise there may be more coffee shop-warm-up stops tomorrow! :0)

And since my body clock is well & truly confused, I'm off to have a cuppa & then to bed. I hope you're enjoying traveling along with us on our grand adventure. :0) Til next instalment ...

BEAR HUGS!

CHEERS!
KRIS














Monday, 15 October 2018

Day Five Adventure Update!

Hello to all you lovely blogging buddies! It's been a bit of a long day for the Meandering Meares' today, but very enjoyable. I thought I'd pop in with a few photos & an update for those of you traveling vicariously with us before I head to bed. There are quite a few pics, so you might like to make yourself a cuppa & get comfy before we begin. :0)

We farewelled my brother  & his family at Ballarat this morning & hit the road heading south. We had a bit of a giggle at ourselves at one point when we frustratingly got stuck following a rather slow moving vehicle with out of state plates. You see, we were muttering unflattering things about tourists ... Then realised that WE are currently tourists! :0P After leaving the tourists to the main roads, we took a scenic rural road to a pretty place that the Fabulous Fiona is familiar with ... Colac.


Where we enjoyed a cuppa ...


... A look at the lake ... Not a nice lake day, really ...


... And a walk around the botanical gardens. These cinerarrias (not sure I've spelled that right) were such vivid colours that they seemed to glow. Then it was back in the car heading south until ...


... We fell off the bottom of Australia! :0) Well ... We stopped before that, but enjoyed the view. This was the start of our trip along the Great Ocean Road that follows the curve of the Australian Bite. So, we turned west ...


... And had to stop at Bells Beach ... Synonymous with surfing, though there were no surfers there today. We did, however, find a sign that gave us a chuckle ...

It may be famous, but Bells Beach didn't seem overly welcoming! :0) Back on the road, we spotted a sign that pointed to a chocolatiery & ice creamery ... YUMMO! So of course we stopped ... One of the advantages of a road trip holiday is being able to stop, start & detour when you see something interesting. ;0)


There was seriously just about every chocolate treat you could think of in there! However ... We bypassed the chocolate in favour of ...


... ICE CREAM!! :0) We both had a scoop of banoffi flavoured & a scoop of salted caramel flavoured ice cream. If we'd realised how HUGE the scoops were, we'd have ordered one each & shared. :0) GB had to help me finish mine ... & we waddled back to the car to keep driving. :0)


The weather started to get drearier as the day went on & we commented on how the colour of the ocean changed, too. This was taken at a roadside lookout.


You can see the darkening sky behind the lighthouse here ...


... & in the colour of the ocean here. We found ourselves caught up in some roadworks & had multiple delays where sections of the road were down to one lane. It was a bit frustrating, but with views like this straight over the safety rail, we ended up just winding down the window & listening to the rhythm of the ocean. We're on holiday, after all. :0)

As a result of the roadworks/slow tourist drivers delays & weather closing in, we found ourselves short of daylight (despite being on daylight savings time!!) & so didn't stop off to see some of the main attractions of the Great Ocean Road ... But we'll adjust tomorrow's itinerary to accomodate some backtracking ... Did I mention there were some definite advantages to road trips?! Tee! Hee! Hee!

And after a slightly late dinner (who cares?! We're on holiday!) I'm going to finish my cuppa & head for bed so I'm ready for tomorrow's adventures. :0) Stay tuned! Til next time ...

BEAR HUGS!

CHEERS!
KRIS














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