Hello friends! How have you been? Have you been on any day trips lately?
One of my favourite things to do is go on a day trip.
I grew up in a quite town on the Great Ocean Road in Victoria. This town was surrounded by bush and farm lands on one side, and the great big ocean on the other. It was the kind of town where everyone knew everyone, and people looked out for each other.
When I was 18 I moved with my parents to the Brisbane suburbs. I had health issues and the warmer weather seemed to make a real difference. That was 18 years ago now, and I still haven’t become comfortable living in such a busy, bustling area. I think I’ll always be a country girl at heart.
So for that reason, I try to get out of this crazy, busy, claustrophobic area whenever I can. I don’t get out as often as I would like, but whenever I do it’s like I can finally take a full, deep breath; I don’t even realise I’m holding it in.
I feel all the stress starting to drop away as soon as we start to leave all the masses of cars behind, and the trees start to flash past the windows with greater frequency.
On Saturday, we took a drive through the country, and down along the Condamine River Road. I love this road, even though the kids think it is much too far away. They complain in the back seat, and whinge that they are tired of just sitting still. But when we finally get there, it’s totally worth it.
The Condamine River Road has 14 river crossings. The kids always think it’s so exciting driving through each one, big walls of water splashing up on either side of the car.
And then we stop several times to throw rocks in the water, play with sticks and find insects. It is just so beautiful…and calm…and the kids don’t have their faces glued to screens. To me, a day trip is like a magical little mini holiday away from the busyness of life.
At the other end of the road we stop and have lunch in the tiny town of Killarney. It’s such a slow town, with very few cars driving along the roads, and a supermarket cashier that has very little to do. Whilst Killarney is a bit smaller than the town I grew up in, I do find the slowness, the quietness, to be the same. I love visiting these quiet towns; places people don’t generally think of as a place to visit. These towns are the best.
Whilst we were having lunch, Daniel was sitting in the garden playing with some rocks. At home, people would just look at you funny and move on. But in quiet little friendly towns, people stop and talk to you. They ask your little boy if he is having fun, with genuine interest.
After lunch, we turned around and went back the same way we came. Crossing the 14 river crossings, and stopping several times to throw rocks in the water.
It was a lovely day. I can’t wait for our next little trip. Whenever, wherever it will be…I’ll be ready!
Do you like a day trip?
Where are your favourite places to go?