Our time in Australia has been fantastic from start to finish however all things must come to an end. The idea of the end snuck into our minds when early in the morning we awoke to the sad goodbyes of one of our own. Our twenty strong took its first hit when Thuy-Vy left us, however we said our goodbyes and moved on with our day. We miss you Thuy-Vy!
The day started off like all the others, everyone woke up on time and I was late as usual. The slowpokes of the day left for the market at 9:30 to catch up with the early birds and the boys. We walked around purchasing all of our last minute souvenirs and prepared ourselves for the long bus ride ahead. We got onto the bus not really knowing what to expect out of the day but we were pleasantly surprised with what followed. Our tour guide Doug was very knowledgeable and as we were driving out gave us many opportunities to see some wallabies and kangaroos. We ended up taking an unexpected stop at one of the best places we had hit up this entire trip, The Moonlit Sanctuary. As we got off the bus, many of us waking up from naps, took a look at the run down structure in front of us. We walked in to screaming babies and snake shows and didn't know what crazy zoo we walked into. However when we got outside to animal exhibits we were pleasantly surprised to find lively animals like Allie's new best friend the wombat. The most exciting part however came when we wandered onto the wallaby walk. With wallabies and kangaroos hopping all around us we fed the wallabies and gave them the occasional hug hoping they would not fight back. Or unfortunately in Josh's case getting bitten by a rogue wallaby. Everyone enjoyed feeding the wallabies and kangaroos but unfortunately we had to move quickly to see the best dressed animals storm the beach.
As we pulled up to the parade of penguins on Phillips Island some of us feeling like it was already nine at night, we were very excited to see our small tuxedo friends. We sat in the cold just waiting for the sight of penguins popping out of the water. Just as we had given up hope Kaitlyn and Marissa provided us with our first sighting. We watched the first group of penguins invade the beach trying to decide if they would make the long trek up the sandy hills. One after another hoards of penguins took over the beach abiding by the rule no penguin left behind. We walked along the board walk watching the penguins find their way into their homes screaming bloody murder at all the other penguins trying to follow. PS we found the Kerby penguin tripping and falling on its face. The penguin excursion was one of the best trips we had taken in Melbourne.
As I stated in the beginning all good things must come to an end and what a great end it was. Our time hear in Australia has been one of the best times of our lives and I just wanted to again thank Lisa, Linda, Regina, Jason, Shanna, and everyone else who made this possible along the way. I believe I am speaking for everyone when I say we have had a great time and we have taken over the land down under.
PS pictures will be coming soon, Dr. S get ready.