We had a very Aussie Christmas this year - with six Americans staying with us for the holidays we wanted to show them what makes Melbourne so special to us. Some of them had just completed the Milford Trek in New Zealand, some came via a stop in Hawaii, and another hailed from Singapore. One was my brother, three I grew up knowing, and some of them had just met. It was a very random mix of people up for an adventure in Oz. On Christmas Eve Day we took them all to Phillip Island, starting off with the bazaar Koo Wee Rup Swamp Observation Tower and trying hot jam donuts. Next up was watching the pelican feeding in San Remo and enjoying some fish and chips for lunch. We drove over the bridge to Phillip Island and the first stop there was Forrest Caves. It's kind of a strange name, but basically it's a beautiful red rock formation on the beach. It's one of the lesser known spots on the island so there isn't usually anyone there and the scenery makes it one of my favo…
Suzannah & Phil - Merry Christmas 2017! Thank you so much for hosting an amazing Christmas dinner and letting me join your xmas crew! I loved meeting your fur babies and getting to see your new and old hoods. I'll always remember our Christmas Eve picnic at Phillip Island - one minute it was sunny and warm and the next sky water was falling and the sun was long gone - plus the cheese!
I wish you both all the best in 2018! Hopefully we run into each other on our travels - otherwise, NZ 2020!
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!
Suzannah & Phil - What an awesome intro to Australia. Thank you so much for hosting us at your fantastic bed and breakfast. I will definitely give you 5 stars on bookings.com :)
This will for sure be a Christmas to remember. The roos, koalas, cockies, and penguins were amazing. Also westie and kitty love :)
The fun isn't over since we still have Tassie. More wine & beer - Yeah!!! See you on the other side of the pond.
The main event of our trip to New Zealand was the Challenge Wanaka Triathlon. Phil was signed up for the full distance and we somehow convinced our friend Anita to do her first half distance there. The day before the race was filled with jitters and preparation. They checked in and got their race bags, which they spent hours filling with their swim, bike, and run gear. Each race has their own set of rules of what is required, and we discovered at 5:30 that evening that this race required a torch (head lamp) and reflective tape. So we made a quick trip to the hardware store right before they closed and found them. Much to my amazement, New Zealand makes Australia look inexpensive. The little roll of reflective tape cost $40! But now that they were all set, it was time for an early night in preparation for the early morning. The race started at 7 am, but check in closed at 6 so we had to get up at 4:30. The one benefit of such an early start was we got to see a beautiful sunrise…