Admiral's Arch

Admiral’s Arch

For those who are wondering how Lisa is doing with her recovery from knee surgery, she is doing well, continuing to go to physical therapy although not as often.  She does her stretches and exercises most of the time, and the when the surgeon saw her six or seven weeks ago, he said she was right on schedule, and was at about 80% of normal strength.  They estimate a year after surgery to regain full strength.

 

Prius

Prius

A couple of months ago, some friends of ours moved back to the states and had to sell their 2007 Toyota Prius Hybrid.  We decided that it sounded like a good “upgrade” so we bought it.  We’ve been enjoying it; it’s comfortable to drive and even with our fast acceleration and fast deceleration style of driving, we still got about 43 mpg on the first full tank.  On the rare occasions where I drive it to work, I’ve very grateful to have the cruise control, which our little Hyundai did not have.

 

Signpost

Signpost

One month ago, we made a trip south to the Barossa Valley (famous wine region near Adelaide) and to Kangaroo Island (also near Adelaide), finishing up with a couple of days in Adelaide itself.  Kangaroo

Kangaroos

Kangaroos

Island is the third largest Australian island.  It’s known for abundant wildlife and beautiful coastlines, and is roughly 100 miles long and 50 miles wide.  We had a nice time on the trip, seeing kangaroos and wallabies, koalas, seals and sea lions, dolphins, echidnas, goannas (Australian monitor lizards) and a wide variety of birds.  The highlight of the trip was visiting some very beautiful beaches.

 

Koala

Koala

Parrot

Parrot

 

Heart_Rock

Heart_Rock

 

Hide-n-seek

Hide-n-seek

Then a week ago, we went on our first Australian bush camping trip with about 20 people, mostly friends from church.  We went about 35 miles west

Neil with violin

Neil with violin

of Alice Springs to the Hugh River (no water in it; this is the desert, after all).  We don’t own a 4×4, so we went as far as we could in our Prius, then a kind soul helped us transport our gear the last quarter mile in his truck.  We had a nice time in spite of the flies (just take a close look at Neil and his violin to get an idea of how bad they were.)  The quality of the cuisine was excellent, including curried chicken, homemade wheat bread cooked in a dutch oven over the fire, and for dessert, bananas baked in the fire and served with chocolate and cream.

 

This week we enjoyed celebrating our 26th wedding anniversary.  We received lots of congrats and good wishes from friends, and went out to dinner at a nice restaurant.  Now we begin the next 26…

Dolphin

Dolphin

 

Pelican

Pelican

 

 

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