There was no blog last night because we were traveling home from Darwin to Melbourne, and we did not get back to our apartment until 1:30 AM!
We made the most of our last day in the Top End by visiting a couple more sites in Kakadu National Park, featuring lots of Aboriginal rock art and a couple of good hikes to overlooks. It certainly would be interesting to see this land during the rainy season when most of the land and roads are under water. A regular feature along the park roads and the roads leading to the park are the gauge posts to indicate the depth of water over the road, so you know what you are getting into if you chose to cross the flooded roadway! These gauge posts are 2 meters tall!
We returned to Darwin and did a few things that we missed when we first arrived. The Botanical Gardens were a pleasant surprise and here are some sights that caught my eye.
We checked out Cullen Bay and because it was very hot and humid we found a lovely restaurant with a covered deck and indulged with an ice cream and lemonade while enjoying the ocean breeze and ocean view.
There was one more place we wanted to check out in Darwin and that was the Deck Chair Cinema. We found it near the waterfront and peaked in through the surrounding hedge. There were hundreds of deck and lawn chairs set up facing a large screen where a movie is shown every night during the Dry. If time permitted, that would have been fun to visit.
Today I spent a lot of time getting things organized for our last few weeks down under. Our air shipment is being professionally packed up next week, but we need to submit our inventory list tonight so insurance can be acquired for our stuff. I have three staging areas set up around the apartment. The guest room bed has become the collection point for all the stuff to go in the air shipment, my New Zealand gear is on the floor in our bedroom and the luggage for our flight back to the USA is in the living room. And as you might imagine, I have detailed lists of what goes where! Hopefully my system will not fall apart. Packing up to go home is easier than packing up to come here because I know that I need to pack everything that is ours in this apartment~there are no tough decisions to make~just which pile to put things in!
The weather was perfect for bike riding today so I took a break from packing and did my favorite ride, the Capitol City loop. I had lunch at the Collingwood Children’s Farm cafe, which was jumping because this is the start of a School Holiday week and I was entertained by children chasing chickens and making horse and cow sounds! Jim will pack up our bikes this weekend, but I hope to do this ride one more time.
Melbourne is in a footy frenzy as this Saturday is the Grand Final for footy. Jim’s team, the Hawthorn Hawks will play the Fremantle Dockers from the west coast. I’ll take the Fremantle team because they were very impressive in their semi-final game against Sydney, plus I like their colors, purple and black! There is a parade downtown on Friday for the teams which I plan to attend, but I don’t think we will be able to get tickets to the game. General admission tickets go on sale tomorrow morning, but we’ve been told that the tickets may all be gone by then! We will be able to watch it on TV! I will have to keep my eyes and ears open for other pre-game festivities and try to go to those as well.
This springtime weather is easy to take. The high today was in the low 70’s F. and mostly sunny, which was more pleasant than the high 90’s and low 100’s we had in Darwin and Kakadu!