|When sister-in-law Carlie was in town we spent some time hanging out on the Yarra River!|
|Then mother-in-law Jill arrived and we headed down to the Great Ocean Road for more exploring.|
|Siblings and the 12 Apostles|
|We watched the Australian Open at a casino in Cairns. Jill, Carlie, and Max went to a day of matches during the previous week, and they even splurged for tickets inside Rod Laver Arena!|
|Vibrant dragon fruit!|
|Max and Erik head into the surf at "secret" spot our friends told us about.|
|A beautiful Sunday for surfing in Torquay|
|It looks scarier than it is...but I still made Erik put it outside!|
|Umbrellas make drinks more "fun", right?!|
With summer winding down, we have been trying to visit our "local" beach often to take advantage of the nice weather. Last weekend there were lots of jellyfish, and though they might look intimidating, they were easy to navigate around in the water.
Last week the full moon was still up when I went to work at around 7am and the sky was gorgeous. I wish I had our real camera at the time to get a good shot of the moon, but the phone picture will have to do. This was taken right outside where I park my bike at work.
|It would have been cool to have a window seat on that plane in the distance!|
As far as additional travel goes, the in-laws, Erik, and I just returned from a long weekend on Fraser Island, where the mode of transport is 4WD along the beach. More about that later, of course! We had a great weekend despite lots of rain in the area (Queensland has been getting hammered with rain over the last month). Erik and I also have a trip to Perth coming up in a few weeks, along with a trip to Australia's capital for me, where I will be touring the Australian Institute of Sport (essentially the equivalent to the US Olympic Training Center) and also taking an Olympic Weight Lifting Course, both as a part of professional development for my new job.
Back in Melbourne, the in-laws have a few more days with us and Max just over a week. Autumn arrived on March 1st but the weather is showing no signs of cooling off with temps in the 30's (mid 80's F), and we are hoping those summer-like temperatures last well through March and perhaps into April. I know I've mentioned this as an excuse before, but due to the gorgeous weather it is taking me forever to get those NZ blog posts up...it is simply too nice to be sitting at a computer! :)