Wednesday, October 11, 2006
Animals, Conversations and Sunshine
First, the tourist stuff. On Monday Brad and Bronwyn Beach of Kuramburra (did I spell that right?) hosted us out in South Gippsland. We went to Inverloch to the beach and saw this lovely critter, an Echidna. Echidnas are one of two monotremes, egg laying mammals. (The other is the platypus.) Larry had walked on ahead of us down to the beach, and at first thought some giant fuzzy sea urchin had washed on to the beach. What was this little ant eater doing on the beach?
We walked amongst the tidepools (lots of pictures on flickr) and heard stories of the poisonous blue ringed octopus but didn't see one. Then we drove into Kuramburra to Brad and Bron's lovely new home and were treated to a great dinner and stories of Brad's community theater antics. In the morning, we went to a wildlife refuge and I saw KANGAROOS! (plus a bunch of other lovely critters.)
Then we came back into Melbourne to the Shawn and Sheena Callahan's home where it was time to do my "homework" of preparing for the upcoming presentations. The work was blissfully interrupted by yummy dinner with the Callahan family. That is much more fun than a hotel evening!
So that's the short, sweet tourist side of things. Next, presentation updates!