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Grampians Rock

Horsham, Australia

Although we were hoping to rent an RV from Melbourne and drive to the Grampians and Arapiles, we opted for a minivan and cabin option instead. Turned out to be an awesome choice. Driving on the left side of the road was a bit of challenge, sometimes providing group excitement with occasional "left side, LEFT SIDE" type chants coming from the back of the van.

We safely made our way to the Grampians National park and decided to stay at the EMU holiday park, another great choice. The proprietors rescue baby kangaroos, so we were able to hold a few, pet them, etc.

As we left, two roos that we met the previous day jumped up to bid us farwell. I ended up walking them back "home" so we woudn't hit them on the way out. It was amazing to see them bounding behind me and actually following me. It was pretty fantastic.

Also fantastic were the vistas and rock climbing.

As far as climbing. One word. Awesome. Our crew was also a bunch of troopers, making it a lot of fun to be out on some new rock. Viv and Jen, relative beginners, hadn't been outside climbing since last Spring break. Dave had never climbed before and Maddy hadn't climbed since high school. Still, these guys rocked. Yep, rocked. We even did a multipitch climb of ~250 feet at Mt Arapiles (I can see why it is adored by Aussie climbers). It turned out to be harder than we expected, but everyone rallied and we made it through with no incidences. I think I could even go so far as to assert that everyone had a good time.

In short, awesome time outstide the city, and once again it felt like too short of a visit. I definitely hope to make it back.

permalink written by  GoBlue on May 25, 2007 from Horsham, Australia
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