Today I'm continuing with day two of my weekend roadtrip to Canberra. If you missed day one, here it is!
On Saturday we had made it into New South Wales and again arrived at our Airbnb in the dark and had no idea what it looked like aside from the fact that it was next to a dairy farm. My secret dream in life is to live on a farm and own a small zoo of animals, so I was pretty pumped about that. Our accommodation was a cute cabin type house and despite my fears, the only spider I saw that night was a small daddy long leg variety. It's funny how I barely even consider that a legitimate spider anymore. Turns out Australia will do that to you, even if you're a certified arachnophobe. Anyway, the house had a really nice fire and we got take out Thai food, drank some wine and watched The Voice Australia until it was time for bed.
When we woke up Sunday morning we finally saw the house in daylight:
The property featured a huge garden that the owner generously let us raid.
View looking toward the dairy farm.
The only downside was that the farm had some extremely noisy roosters that made their presence known at the crack of dawn.
Sylvie and Katie picking a few pumpkins.
We got back on the road pretty early again, as we had a lot to see along the coast.
Our first beach stop.
One of the quintessentially Australian things that none of us had seen yet was kangaroos on the beach, so we were excited to come across these guys grazing.
I tried to take a normal selfie of us as the waves were crashing and was only mildly successful. It turns out "normal selfie" is an oxymoron.
We continued our drive and pulled off at this pretty beach.
One of the must-see destinations we had come across in our road trip research was a cheese factory in a small town called Tilba. It turned out to be the cutest little town ever with a bunch of cottages converted into stores and restaurants, so we spent a half hour or so looking around.
Another cool rock formation at another beach stop.
Next we stopped in a little town that was home to this cool rock and a pier. Yes, cool rocks were a theme of this trip.
This is a somewhat pointless photo since you can't really see them but those dark things in the water are seals! We watched them play for awhile before getting back on the road.
Last stop before arriving in Canberra!
As we were approaching Canberra, we had a somewhat scary experience as the sun was setting. We were driving on a two lane highway and there were about 10 minutes where the sun was hitting us straight on and so bright that we couldn't see a single thing. There was actually a huge line of cars backed up on the road, some even pulled over, because I'm assuming other people were having the same problem and had to slow way down. I've driven against a setting sun in the past and it's quite annoying, but I've never experienced anything like this. I guess it's true that the sun is more intense here because you really couldn't see a single thing. Sylvie took this picture while we were trying (without any luck) to block the sun:
Katie did a fabulous job driving and not having a panic attack during this whole thing!
After a few minutes the sun moved to a more comfortable angle and then eventually we got to see a really pretty sunset: