12(ish) Apostles

Last Friday Matt and I made the journey from Frankston to the Great Ocean Road to see the 12 Apostles in Port Campbell National Park. This is was something I have been looking forward to since I first started thinking about coming to Australia. The weather finally turned nicer for the weekend and I couldn’t have asked for a nicer day to spend on the coast. Finally some sunshine! (I think it might have done this since I actually bought some warm clothes last week)

The drive up to the park took about 3 hours on the way there, we took the highway instead of going up the Great Ocean Road to save some time. I get pretty bored during car rides if I’m not driving so I was probably a little bit annoying haha. The scenery was a little bit different than I was expecting, went through lots of farms and some cute little towns. When we got closer to the park it was a lot more forested.

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Once we were finally at the park it was a quick walk down from the parking lot to the viewing areas. I knew it would be gorgeous but it really took my breath away how beautiful it was. It wasn’t too busy with people, but I would definitely say we were the only people speaking English. They have a couple of different lookout areas and you get such a great view from all of them. One mistake I made was wearing a dress…keep that in mind when you go down there. It was very windy and I think I may have given a few of those tourists a bit of a show…whoops!

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Once we got our fill of the view there we popped into the visitor centre to use the washroom and take a peek around, it was mostly just a little convenience store with snacks and coffees. From there we headed back down the road to Gibsons Steps, it was probably only like half a kilometre down the road. I’m so glad we went there because you can actually walk down to the beach and get a different view of the Apostles. It was a pretty easy walk down the stairs and so worth it.

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After that we headed down the Great Ocean Road. I didn’t realize how windy it was, wouldn’t want to take that trip if you get motion sickness! It was a great scenic drive to Apollo Bay, where we stopped for lunch at a little pizza place with a great patio. Then it was time to head home. The drive back took about 4 hours, there was lots of traffic going through Melbourne. I was really glad to get out of the car when we got back…little too much road trip for one day.

If you’re in Australia don’t skip the 12 Apostles, it was well worth the trip and I’m so happy I got to see it, especially on such a beautiful day.

 

 

Shiny Weekend at Sparkling Hill

What a great weekend my last weekend in Canada has been!

After doing my last hair client on Saturday morning I headed over to my friend Callie’s to get ready for a quick little going away party. It was so much fun to see my friends before I head out on my trip. We made lots of appies and snacks and had a great night playing games and drinking lots of wine. Unfortunately I totally forgot to take any pictures, except for before the party when I was making cupcakes.

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Slaving over Funfetti box cake mix 🙂

Sunday morning it was time to take my mom out to Sparkling Hill Spa, just outside of Vernon, about an hour and a half away. My sister Erica and I got my mom a night there as an early Mother’s Day present, since I’m going to be away by the time Mother’s Day gets here. Sparkling Hill is definitely one of my favourite places to spend time, so I was very excited for the night!

I started out my day there with a relaxation massage, it was good, but since I do tend to get very sore shoulders and neck I really prefer my regular massage therapist, but that really isn’t as relaxing as this massage was. After the massage we all met back up, my mom had gotten a massage as well, and Erica got a body scrub. The rest of the day was spent relaxing by the pool and then having a great dinner. The next morning after breakfast and a little bit of reading by the pool we all had spa services done again, pedicure for my mom, facial for me and a massage for Erica. Sadly after that it was time to head out, one night at Sparkling Hill is just not enough time for me!

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Could spend hours reading here! 

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I had the crab cakes as an appetizer and they were amazing

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All in all it was a great send off weekend!

Packing is the Worst

Happy Monday!

Just a quick post weekend check in. I spent most of the weekend hanging out with friends and family and enjoying the nice weather we’ve been having here in Kamloops. I did spend a bit of time on the weekend organizing my clothes and doing a little practice run of packing. I’m not usually this ready for a trip but I was feeling a little overwhelmed with what I felt like I needed to bring so I wanted to make sure I could get it organized. Once I did that I felt a lot better and now I know I have everything I need. Packing for trips is probably one of my least favourite things to do, so it is nice to feel on top of it for once!

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All my clothes don’t look like much!

Saturday morning my sister and I went down to the first Kamloops Farmer’s Market of the year. There wasn’t much for sale yet this early in the year, mostly plants and people selling jewelry or other craft type items, but it was still nice to walk around in the sunshine.

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Claire enjoying the Farmer’s Market

The rest of this week is going to be busy, I’ll be doing my last clients before I leave, having a going away party Saturday and then heading to Sparkling Hill Resort as an early Mother’s Day gift for my mom on Sunday. I’m really looking forward to going to Sparkling Hill, it is one of my favourite places ever. It’s so gorgeous and probably the most relaxing, indulgent place I’ve been.

Then Tuesday is the big day, heading to Australia!

McConnell Lake Hiking

Happy Monday! This weekend was a fun one. Friday night I had a couple of friends over to have a bonfire in the backyard. We roasted marshmallows, drank red wine and finished off the night with a card game. Sadly I didn’t get any pictures because it was already dark by the time everyone came over!

Saturday was a gorgeous day, sunny and warm. Decided to go out for lunch with Ashley and Callie at the casino, where we sat on the patio in the sun. After lunch we went and walked around an open house in a development in town, I love getting to check out new houses. It’s always fun to see the different layouts and designs in new places. 

Sunday was another beautiful day so Callie and I decided to go for a hike with the dogs. We headed up to McConnell Lake, one of my favourite spots, which is about half an hour out of town. The trail goes around the lake and usually takes about 45 minutes. Despite the warm and sunny weather we had all week in town, when we got to the lake it was still frozen over, and we soon found the trail was very icy.

We both ended up with some slight injuries from falling on the ice and getting stuck in some snow. The dogs had a good time and it was nice to get some fresh air…I think next time we’ll wait until the ice is melted. I spent the rest of the day catching up on some Netflix and nursing what I think might be a sprained ankle.

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