The kids and I enjoyed our little road trip. Over 1600km in one week, visiting family and friends, celebrating birthdays and Easter, seeing beautiful autumn colours, camping, sapphire fossicking, visiting the grave site and rocky hideout of one of Australia's most famous bushrangers, enjoying beautiful sunshine and rain, driving through green country fields and thick, lush, misty rainforest.
This pic shows all the kids, including Gypsy, checking out some of the sapphire wash. They found a few little bits of sapphire which was pretty exciting for them. We got chatting to some other people there...turns out they live in the same little suburb as us! Small world!
AJ standing in front of 'Thunderbolt's rock'. ..he's a little hard to see, but he is standing next to a bunch of graffiti. He and I climbed around it. The last time we drove down the New England Hwy, we stopped off at Thunderbolt's cave (another hideout). I just love stories of the bushrangers. Thunderbolt was pretty well liked and a gentleman towards the ladies, but he was a bit of a bad boy and was shot dead at age 36. AJ and I got into some of the crevices and imagined what it would be like for Thunderbolt there. We saw a perfect place that his horse probably hid in and took in the 360 degree view which would have given the bushranger a good vantage point of the entire area.
Gypsy made a new friend in my sister's cat. The kids and I slept in the tent in the backyard so that Gypsy could sleep with us. The nights were cool, but not as cold as the first place we had camped on our trip. Even though, Gypsy thought the best place to sleep was right at the bottom of AJ's sleeping bag...yes, IN the bag. AJ loved that!
The Golden Guitar in the country music capital, Tamworth.
We stopped off at the little park across the road from the house we lived in when we first moved back to Oz. AJ was thrilled to catch up with some friends!
Beautiful rainbow lorikeets.
We were mostly unplugged on our trip which was refreshing. I just loved traveling and would have taken longer to get home if it hadn't been raining so much along the coast. The kids and I listened to audio books along the way, and just chatted a lot about all kinds of things. I love those close times in the car! Gypsy was very relaxed in the car and an excellent traveller. She was very mellow whenever we stopped anywhere and seemed very content to go along with whatever we were doing.
It was so special for us to spend time with family, I hope it won't be so long before we see them all again!
When we returned, I felt no attachment to the house and the stuff in it, and I can't wait to be traveling again!