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Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Holiday - Day 11

We went for a walk up to Gibraltar Rocks. This photo is from the starting point, and the destination is the rocky peak you can see towards the left there.

Here's a closeup of the rocky peak, followed by a bit of scenery along the way...



Unfortunately we didn't get all the way to the top. It was too hot (33 degrees = 91 fahrenheit) so we were slowed down (I found out I wasn't as fit as I thought I was - no surprised there, really). We got about 90% of the way and had to turn around and come back down, in order to make it in time for lunch in the city with a friend of mine. On the way down, we came upon some kangaroos in the trail. Here's proof, with a headshot of Deidre looking at the kangaroo, which was looking at us...

It was closely followed by a joey (baby kangaroo) peering curiously around the bushes at us...

And a few metres away in the bush was another kangaroo, this one with a joey in its pouch...

When we got back near the car there were a couple of emu's munching on the grass. They're about 5 feet high, just so you have some perspective on their size...

And then we met my old buddy Nick, who's been seen on here as 'nikos'. It was great to catch up with him again as well.

Funny story about the mountain climb... We had planned to be there by 9:30am, but we didn't get there until 10:30am, as we encountered a few annoying delays. By then it was hugely hot, and the climb up the mountain path was definitely a struggle. We took 4 bottles of water, to keep us going, and we could have easily drank more, as it was so hot! I had to rest a few times, as I was getting overheated and fatigued. I realised every other time I've climbed that hill, it was on cooler days. So we got 90% of the way and then came back, unfortunately not reaching our destination.

As soon as we turned back, clouds covered the sun and a cool breeze developed, cooling us down and making the trip back to the car a far more enjoyable one than the one going up the mountain. We talked about how the universe seemed to want to prevent us from going up there, and it was rewarding us as we returned. There were people about half an hour ahead of us, according to their sign-in of a bushwalkers' register, and so we wondered if the universe was suggesting that meeting them up the top there just wouldn't be a good idea...

It also gave us some nice kangaroo photos to take back with us, which we wouldn't have gotten if we'd come back at any other time... (I'll write a new post about what I mean with that.)

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