Back from downunder…

Just got back from a two week trip to Australia and New Zealand with the whole fam and Karley.

The link below is some pics that Karley took and put up on his flickr.

Overall I feel like the trip whet my appetite to go back with a backpack and explore. Such a beautiful place.. so much to see. I am definitely thankful for the bit of time that we had there.. crazy experience.

People keep asking my top 3, so here they are:

1. Walking through the Botanical Gardens in Sydney with my camera… after being taught some things by Mr. Mase. Flowers and birds… two of my favorites, so it was incredible to try and capture them. That night we went to the Sydney Opera House for a show… the whole thing just didn’t seem real. Loved it.

2. Manly beach day! Took a ferry to an incredible beach with all sorts of fun shops and good food. We went surfing (Kar got stung by a Blue Devil!) went exploring and got some excellent kabobs. This was the day of my 2nd degree burn that lasted throughout the trip… but still well worth it.

3. The sights in New Zealand. The landscape was incredible.. It had a very tropical feel yet pine was immersed throughout it all. And then… sheep were everywhere. I was amused over and over again.

There are so many more highlights…

Glow worms in the caves of NZ… floating on our backs because of the immovably thick wetsuits, we were able to lay and gaze up at what looked like millions of stars… actually glowworms, which are actually maggots digesting their food. They burn their food to keep from being constipated. Nice.

Public transportation in Sydney. Such a well thought out city. I really enjoyed it. Coffee was amazing and so were the meat pies and muffins. Ah. So much to see.

Taking night pictures of Sydney… Karley taught me a ton about photography in a very short period of time. We brought a fish eye lens for his new Mark II 5d. His pics are stunning.. and I’m still learning ๐Ÿ™‚

Paddy’s market in Sydney. Full of knick-naks and practicals, deals at almost every booth. For the tourist and the local, there was everything. Surrounded by chaos there was quietness that could be found. It made me feel like I was in a movie when everything is moving fast around one person and they are just kind of standing there… but suddenly get jerked back into reality when someone bumps into them or asks them a question.

I got to pet a Koala, feed a emu and put my arm around a kangaroo. But best of all, Luke and Heidi got to do all of those things. They LOVED it. It was so precious to see their faces light up.

Luke and Heidi were a highlight of the trip themselves. They are an integral part of our family. I learn alot from just watching them.

Also, it was great to get to watch my parents enjoy a place that they have waited there whole lives to see. I am so thankful that I’ve had the opportunity at this age to go… I thought I had wanted to go “forever!” They climbed the Sydney Bridge, walked on the Sky Tower, did the daredevilish luge in NZ and my mom did the Zydro Zorb… basically a giant hamsterball with water in it, sloshing down a steep hill. Awesome.

Okay, time to get back to real life… whatever that is. Lots to figure out now that February is here.



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2 responses to “Cheers!

  1. kathi mase

    Mmmm…this sounds very good, Lauri…so glad that you guys had a great trip, and that you’re back safely. So sorry it couldn’t have been two weeks longer so that your backpacking, exploring could have squeezed in too. Maybe next time ๐Ÿ™‚
    Praying for your February discovery of what God has planned for you too. UHW, K

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