FLAT LANDS & INSPIRING ROCK NAMES // You Yangs Regional Park, Australia

 

This morning I find myself sitting in the couch in my pajamas already dreaming about bed. I had a 5am wake up call in order to get Chris to the airport in time for his 8am flight to Hong Kong! While it is all terribly exciting, it is nonetheless tiring.

Yesterday was Chris’ last full day in Australia for a few weeks, and probably one of the only full days he hadn’t needed to work, study or go into uni for months. Our morning was taken up by the unexciting and mildly stressful adventures of university timetabling (imagine thousands of students using the same website at the same exact moment), but in the afternoon we decided to stretch our legs and get some fresh air.

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We drove about an hour south-west of Melbourne, towards Geelong, to the You Yangs Regional Park. Whilst being cold and overcast, the wind held off and it was quite a pleasant day. We parked at the first carpark and followed the main trail up to Flinders Peak (the top most point in the first photo), which was about 8.7km return.SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

Our first stop was the big rock on which one could climb, which was originally enough called Big Rock.

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A passing family informed us of an echidna just off the trail as we continued on to the peak. I probably got far too excited and probably spent far too long trying to get a photo of it. You can see it in the distance in the above photo.SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

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A lookout near the top of the peak looked over the flat lands of the park below, in which one could see a stone formation of Bunjil the eagle. Bunjil is the creator spirit in Aborginal culture, and this piece was created for the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games.SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

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We finally reached the pick, and after awkwardly interrupting the intimate make out session of another young couple, we were treated to fantastic views. Because of the cloud cover we could barely make out Melbourne in the distance. The below photo was taken with my camera on almost full zoom and edited with a bunch of filters from iPhoto, and you can still only faintly see it!SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

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SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESThe land all around the You Yangs is dead flat, which is a stark contrast from the rolling hills of South Gippsland, where we grew up.SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

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The walk was pretty easy over all, despite the signs leading up to Flinders Peak warning of steep terrain and strenuous physical activity. Admittedly our pace was pretty cruisy. SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESIt was lovely to get out of the city for a few hours. I never realised how much I value having some contact with nature, but it always feels like a bit of a relief being outdoors and surrounded by trees instead of buildings after spending a few weeks/months in the city.

It is only a matter of days before I am off onto my own flight to China! Time is truly going to quick for me to deal with at the moment. Hope all is well!

– Reanna.

HOW TIME FLIES // Bendigo, Australia

Wow, another month has flown by and I don’t have much to show for it. In terms of photos/adventures/exciting escapades anyway. The past few weeks have honestly been crazy busy with exams, assignments and work. I ended up getting quite a few days work at an organisation I normally volunteer for as soon as I finished exams, and that just finished up on Friday. So now holidays are officially here! It is less than two days until Chris jets off to Hong Kong, and less than a week until I head off to China. How is this happening?!SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

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Yesterday I made the most of a day off and drove out to Bendigo to catch up with my brother. I hadn’t been up there for awhile, plus I was needing a day out in the countryside after a number of days stuck in an office. We kept it pretty low key and wandered around Bendigo’s shops, cooked up an awesome soup and scones for lunch, and just generally chatted. I needed to get some more outdoor time up, so we went for a short walk up around the One Tree Hill lookout tower.

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It was a pretty gloomy, overcast day. I don’t think I actually saw the sun at all!

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Now that I finally have a bit more free time I am endeavouring to do a bit more exploring, even though it is only a matter of days before I am off to China! I know I have been saying that ever since I got back from Europe, but this has been a bit of a crazy, weird semester. I am actually kind of glad it is over, and am looking forward to a quick holiday before coming back and sorting my life out a bit better for the second half of the year.

– Reanna