Monday, April 27, 2009

Day 12 - Damage Done

Monday, April 27, 2009

Today was quite uneventful. First off, I woke up with a lot of pain in my hands. Yesterday I forgot to mention that after a long day of playing, I drove for 5 hours to get back to our hotel. The roads here are nothing like what I’m used to. The highway is very narrow and of course being an American I’m trying to adjust driving on the other side of the road. Also here in Australia, it gets dark very quick. And when I mean dark, it’s almost deathly dark on the roads. I’ve never seen such blackness while driving! Even darker than the road from Kemmerer to Evanston (if you’ve drove this road you know what I mean). The good thing about it being so dark is that you can see some great star constellations, even ones you can’t see in the Northern Hemisphere. To go with the almost pitch blackness there was dense fog, so my headlights were only working about 15 feet in front of me. Of course to go along with these two elements comes having to look out for wildlife on the side of the road. There are many Kangaroo and Koala Crossing signs here and most of the animals are nocturnal…lucky me. Being on the lookout, we were in some fog and turned a big corner only to be face to face with none other than a cow. Yes, you’re everyday beef cow almost took us out. So that takes me back to why my hands are so sore. I must have been gripping that steering wheel so tight that I stressed my hands out to no end.

We decided to make the day to go souvenir shopping and boy did my credit card take some damage. Here in Australia they’re known for their opal and with me being the gem and jewelry nut that I am, I wasn’t going to leave here without an opal. So I picked myself a wonderful opal necklace, along with some Aussie clothes. I’m going to look like such a tourist when I get back home.

The rest of the day was spent finishing up writing postcards, even though my hands hurt so badly. See what I do for you people :-P I finally found some stamps so look for them in your mail shortly. There’s so many fun postcards here, I hope y’all enjoy them as much as I had finding and writing them.


orangemily said...

Thank you for working through the pain for us your wonderful friends!
I can't imagine that drive, scary!