Thursday, September 3, 2009
My first real stop was Melbourne which turned out to be such a cool city. Wandered around my first day and just checked the city out. There are so many beautiful buildings! Here are just a few.
Apparently, I didn't get the memo that you are supposed to wear all black in Melbourne so I was the only person with any color on them. Not only was it color, it was flaming red! So I pretty much stood out like a sore thumb. Oh well, live and learn right!
Took a day trip down to Phillip Island which was really cool. Stopped at a sanctuary and got to meet/feed some kangaroos and wallabies. They were way too cute! Also saw my first koala, dingos, and a wombat. Even held a snake which is not typically high on my list of things to do.
We continued to a working farm where we saw sheep being sheared and also a demonstration on herding dogs. It was awesome to watch them work. They were training a new pup named Sheba and you could tell she just wanted to run after the sheep and turkeys. It was too cute!
After that, we went to see the grand finale! Every night, there are a bunch of Little Penguins that come out of the ocean in big groups and run across the beach to their burrows. It was awesome to watch them. Unfortunately, they don't allow pictures to be taken so it doesn't mess up the penguins but it was impressive to watch to say the least.
The next day I walked around a suburb called St. Kilda which was beautiful. A bunch of cool old houses with a ton of wrought iron all over them. More pix of that too...but apparently my pictures don't want to load tonight. So that is the first few days of the trip. More to come...including the pictures for this post!
Friday, July 17, 2009
Monday, June 15, 2009
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Climb Mt. Whitney
Swim with Whale Sharks in Ningaloo, Australia
Own and restore a '76 Landcruiser
These are just a few of the many things that I have included on my "bucket list" at this point. I am open to any suggestions too. :D Gotta live life while you can, right?!
"Twenty years from now you will regret the things you didn't do more than the things you did. Explore! Dream! Discover!" -Mark Twain
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
1. Yeti-He is my sweet noodle! I first saw his pic online at the Oregon Humane Society and instantly knew that he was mine. I left work early that day after telling my boss that I found my dog and had to drive an hour and a half to adopt him before someone else did. (Luckily my boss was a dog lover himself!!!) Went and filled out the paperwork and had an adventure on the way home including my rockin' car dying along the way. He knows when I am having a hard day and will just lay by me as long as I need him to. He brings peace to my life in a way that few things do.
2. Moxy-She is the craziest dog I have ever met! I adpoted her while living in Hawaii and she has never let a dull moment creep into my life since. If you ever need Mox, just look for the nearest tennis ball and she can't be far away. She is full of energy, kisses, and tricks...her most recent being an awesome high-5. She is super obedient unless there is a bird or squirrel around at which point she loses all ability to hear anything I have to say. She makes my heart happy and I love having her spazziness make me smile and shake my head at the same time.
3. Hi'iaka-Crazy, spunky, brilliant, and sassy. I have had a connection with Hi'i from the first time I worked with her. She has this way of looking into your eyes and knowing exactly what you want her to do, including what you will let her get away with! I had the opportunity to work with her mom, sisters, and baby too and I assure you that spunkiness is definitely genetic in dolphins! She has a remarkable way of communicating how she is feeling that day, but also to know exactly how you are feeling that day too. Love that girl and miss her terribly.
4. Bo-Oh, Bozer, where to even begin with her. There are alot of jokes going around about Bo most of them having something to do with her on a short bus. I couldn't disagree anymore!!!! She is an amazing girl and has the capacity to be calm when everything around her is in chaos. She marches to her own drum which I love about her. My heart was forever changed when I saw this sweet girl with sunscreen on her forehead and heard her unique vocal (squeak might be a better way to describe it). It's gotta be hard to go from open ocean harbor patrol in San Diego to a tank in Hawaii, but she has pulled it off with impressive style. I truly believe she has changed the way that I look at life. I love her madly! This picture was the last that I took with her before I moved away from Hawaii and I still choke up each time I look at it and think about how much I miss her.
So, these are my kids. My life is better because they are in it. Some are close, some are not, but they have an amazing inpact on me and always will.