This is a long overdue post because we have been back from our road trip for a couple of weeks but work stuff and family stuff and my 5.5year old iMac packing it in has meant I am a bit behind with lots of things!
Annnyway, we had a fabulous time road tripping across three States to Port Lincoln in South Australia for a 9 day holiday and for me to teach at Escape2Create!
It all started with an email from Amanda and Meredith - the sensational duo who pull together THE best retreat ever who asked if I would like to teach at their 2014 Escape2Create retreat. I jumped at the chance as I had heard nothing but great things about their retreat AND I do love teaching - although it's been ages since I have taught face to face.
However, there was one little thing (well, a big thing) holding me back.
It was going to take three flights to get me there. While I have flown interstate many times and we did our big US trip 18 months ago, I really hate to fly and while I know I will eventually fly again (as I want us to go to NY sometime soon) I didn't feel ready to get on a little plane from Adealide to Port Lincoln and after much deliberation and discussion Ken suggested a road trip.
Ken, Capri and I packed up the car and headed to Canberra first thing after school on Monday 3 March which was also J's 19th birthday. We did the family celebrating thing the night before with my mum and dad and he went out with friends on his birthday night.
We stayed with Ken's mum overnight in Canberra before heading off on the first leg of what became several thousand of kilometres travelled.
We saw PLENTY of scenery!
And what I thought would be a long, boring trip turned out to be a really lovely holiday for the three of us. Yeah, it was a long drive but each little place we travelled through was lovely and it really didn't feel that long!
And I caught up on the Real Housewives of Melbourne on my ipad via Fox. Haha.
First noteable town of interest was Wagga which is where my grandad was born as was Ken's mum and also Ken! I really loved Wagga. It was a beautiful country town and on the way home we got to explore a bit more than on the way there! More on our Wagga visit in another post.
Here's the hospital Ken was born in..
Ken's mum grew up outside Wagga in a teeny tiny place called Collingullie on a property called Balmoral. We managed to find the property and I took a few pics! You can see the old homestead in the distance which was pretty cool!
We stopped along the way to changeover drivers and took a quick selfie!
and then stopped at Hay for lunch.
..in a little cafe called Havachat cafe which sounds cuter than it was!
and then we were off again. The Hay Plains stretched on for what felt like hours..
Lots of this:
oh and this..
But before long we had crossed into Victoria and we had arrived in Mildura.
and Ken found a great 2 bedroom apartment to stay in opposite a shopping centre for a bargain price, complete with a kitchen and plenty of space..
.. we bought homemade style pizza which was great from Rococos and then we all fell into bed. Tomorrow is a HUGE day of driving!
Part two of our road trip..coming soon.