Sunday, July 31, 2016

Travel: Mt Kosciuszko Summit Walk

On the Easter long weekend I decided to take the kids to climb the summit of Mt Kosciuszko. I booked a motel through, and like always, filtered by price and choose the cheapest one. We ended up at the Alpine Resort Motel. We arrived in Jindabyne earlier than check-in so we went back into the centre of town as there was an art show and a quilt show. We killed an hour or so before it was time to check-in.

Our room was a little small, but it was enough for the four of us (Steve was working).

After check-in, I had a nap as the drive was quite tiring. After our rest, we decided to go in search of food, however, we were a bit early and nothing was opened! We ended up going to Lake Jindabyne Hotel and the food is so delicious and filling that we struggle back to our motel.

In an effort to work off dinner, we decide to play a few games of table tennis and pool. A few ends up turning into a few hours, but it's all good, as we are really enjoying ourselves!

We head to bed and wake up early for our trip up Mt Kosciuszko. We drive over to Thredbo, us and every other person in NSW! It's absolutely packed full of walkers and mountain bike riders. We have to park 1km away, which only adds to the kids excitement (it doesn't, I'm being sarcastic). We wait in a quickly moving queue and purchase our lift tickets, which cost $70 for the four of us,

The kids are freaking out on the chairlift and are happy to be off it, even if it means a 13km walk.

About 250m into the walk, Amy tries to sit down. She's already had enough. I urge her on and she starts walking again, only for Luke to start having an epic nosebleed. Sigh. It's going to be a long walk.

We make it to the lookout and Amy is ready to pack it in. Mt Kosciuszko is the hump above Amy's head. Pretty unimpressive at this stage.

We start off again and we come across the kilometre markers, although I don't actually explain what these mean to the kids as I don't really need them knowing...

And the last one:

Amy struggled a little, not with the walk, but I think she was bored. While ever I was talking and making up stories, she happily walked along, but as soon as I stopped, she would start complaining again. I just had to keep her mind off the task.

So, as I said earlier, Thredbo was quite busy. I was not expecting however, to have to stand in line for 20 minutes on top of Australia's highest mountain just so I could have a photo taken with the trig.

But I did.

And it was worth it.

And then the walk back again.....

It took us about 4 hours from the top of the chairlift to when we returned to the chairlift.

A couple of important notes:
  • Take plenty of water, I didn't drink enough and I felt it!
  • Just because it's cold, doesn't mean you won't get sunburned. Think of Goldmember in Austin Powers, yep, that was me afterwards.
But do it - you won't regret it!!

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Scrapbooking: Everyday is an adventure

The last layout I created at the retreat is everyday is an adventure. These photos were taken on a spur of the moment trip to Sydney to see the giant rubber duck. After we saw the duck, we walked down to Circular Quay to see the Opera House. We had a great day that involved lots of walking and slushies as it was so hot!

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Scrapbooking: Australia Day and Adventure

Two more layouts from the retreat. One is from Australia Day with photos of the ferry race. I'd always wanted to go into the harbour and see the race and this year I bundled the kids up and we went!

These photos are from our 2009 trip to New Zealand. We were so excited to be flying on an A380 as they were new planes.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Scrapbooking: Laugh and bike riding

A while ago I went to a scrapbooking retreat at Waterfall. I had a great time catching up with some awesome creative friends. In the end, I completed five layouts and if anyone knows me, they know this is a huge effort as I'm such a slow scrapbooker.

The first layout includes some photos that were taken at Penrith Regatta Centre one day when we went there for a bike ride and a picnic. I was trying to learn some new techniques using gelatos. The technique involves scribbling circles on a plastic bag (12x12 ziplock works great for this), then spraying it with water, scrunching it up and laying the paper on it. It gives a nice watercolour effect.

And then I had these super cute photos of Amy that needed scrapping.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Scrapbooking: Love these people

It's been a while since I shared a layout! This is one of my absolute favourite photos. Amy wasn't even a year old. Kate and Luke would wheel Amy around the house so she could watch them play.

I was given a challenge piece of paper to use, the white cutout one that runs across the middle. It's actually bright pink, so I turned it over and used the white side instead. The stitching around the outside took forever, by the way. I'm not in love with this layout, but it's done and it's another memory captured in an album.