Monday, March 23, 2009

There And Back Again: Chapter One Sturt to Strathalbyn

Or alternate title: A Short Rest

Yeah, yeah, I know it's not very far from Sturt to Strath. But we were taking the whole day to get on down to Naracoorte (around 400 k from the route we took) so we figured Strath (remember, Aussies shorten all words. Besides it's much easier than saying or typing Strathalbyn all the time) would be a nice first break. It was only an hour to get there (I told you we weren't hurrying).

Here's the map:
sturt to strath

Of course, that doesn't really show the trip, so how's abouts some of my awesome crayon art?
sturt to strath painted

And I never even had to look at a map. Why? Cus I know pretty much every single road and climb in the southern part of The Adelaide Hills. I've worn out many bicycle tires going all through them. But since this isn't a bicycle blog I won't bore you with the details of that.

So why did we want to take a break in Strath? There's a really nice park in the middle of Strath. A creek runs through it and there are public facilities (honey bucket?) and picnic areas there.

Oh, and flock of about 5,000 little corellas. They are such genteel avians. Very quiet and they don't make any trouble at all.

I am (of course) LYING!

Noisy, destructive little bastards they are! But that doesn't bother me cus they was here first. However, there are some residents of Strath that probably don't like them.

Oh well. As the old fart (my dad) says, "Deal with it."

Did you know that you can find Strath without a map? Just roll down a window and follow the parrot sound! Here's a picture of downtown Strath:
downtown strath

This town is just a little too big and loud for me... I much prefer something around the size of Reedy Creek (you'll need to skip ahead a few chapters to find out about Reedy Creek).

Can you tell the time?

Ahhhhhh, so nice and peaceful, sigh...

But upon closer inspection you'll see some loud white buggas that hang out there. Just click on the picture to get a really large pic of bird crap on the steeple!

Off Topic: I just thought I'd remind you where we are going:

Just give the picture a click to bring it up full size, no worries.

Back to Strath! And birds! Just click either pic below to bring it up fullsize.

I count 27 in the second shot. How many can you find?

Aaaaaaaannnnnnnnndddddddd what would life be like without the obligatory birdie closeup?
corella closeup

I have a special present for those of you who aren't familiar with the sounds of the little corella cockatoos: A Video! Yes, I switched the Fuji 6500 over to video mode to get the sounds of the buggas. Just so that I can share it all with you!

How would you like to wake up to the sound of this every morning?

Keep in mind, none of them were very close to us. These are LOUD birds.

Next chapter we get to take a fairy to cross the Mighty Murray!


LoveANewIdea said...

Love getting to take this virtual trip! Also, just wondering...whose nice drawing of the wallby in the notebook?

Fizzgig said...

i love sky/cloud photos, the sky in your photos almost doesn't look real, its such a beautiful shade of blue!

Alaskan Dave Down Under said...

Love a new idea: At the fossil centre next to the each display they had mock-ups of the field notes that were taken during the excavations. Who drew it? I truly have no idea.

Fizz: The sky can some SERIOUS shades of blue down here. I never knew just how much of a vibrant blue colour a sky can be till I got down here.

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