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