I think my hubs and I need to make it a point to do more hikes and walks. There’s nothing wrong with a date night filled with yummy food and delicious wine but there is something to be said about a day date surrounded by nature.
On this particular Sunday we decided to do some exploring around Daisy Hill Forest. It was actually brought on by the fact that I had been sent a “Flat Stanley” in the mail and needed to do more than just take him to a nice dinner, plus I really don’t think a paper cut out of a man named Stanley could appreciate a nice risotto.
I was honestly glad for the chance to walk around and get to know my new camera lens some more. Plus Alex seems to be a serious kangaroo spotter. It was nice to be outside enjoying the last weeks of the warm Queensland weather, although I am still not thrilled by the amount of spiders I had crawl on me.
There are lots of places like this to explore- we have recently met some new friends who love to hike and any excuse to use the great outdoors instead of the gym is something I am absolutely supportive of.
I think as an American I am still in awe of the fact that instead of seeing gross looking opossums and scruffy raccoons at parks, I have traded that for the cutest hopping kangaroos and laughing kookaburras. I still feel that giddiness when I see a wild kangaroo. I did get some strange looks from park goers who may not understand just how cool kangaroos really are to me. Plus I have renewed appreciation for the laughing kookaburras now that they aren’t waking me up at 4:30 in the morning.
Daisy Hill Forest also has a koala sanctuary- and as a girl who came to Australia dying to hold the fuzzy little guys I will take any chance I can get to see them. I keep asking Alex to petition to make them household pets even though he constantly reminds me how vicious they can be, but I just can’t get on board with that. I think it was a childhood dream of mine to own one, which was spurred on by a documentary my mother could probably quote verbatim, I watched it so many times. In the doco I remember them rescuing joey’s that had been abandoned or their mother had been killed by a car. They would keep them in socks and feed them with the tiniest bottles and I just wanted that to be my life. Maybe one day I will look into working at a sanctuary, as long at they give me socks filled with koalas.