Greetings from down under!
Time is flying by so quickly! It is hard to believe that I am down to 3 weeks until I leave. I am trying to fit everything in before I go and still have time to relax. I love to just sit and look around. Everything is so similar and yet so different.
Thursday we went to our supervisor's house for dinner. He over looks the city and has a backyard full of kangaroos. After eating, we played games and discovered each othershidden talents of juggling, making balloon animals, and playing the piano.
Friday morning we woke up early and packed into the car. Two other CMU girls came with my host dad, his friend, Chelsea, Elyse, McKenzie, and I to the farm. The Wilsons own a 60 acre avocado farm that is 4.5 hours southeast of Perth. After settling into the farm house, we went to the Diamond Tree. This is 52 meter high tree that you can climb. It was originally designed as a fire lookout. It was pretty intimidating since there was no safety net, just a spiral ladder up the tree. The views are definitely worth it! We then continued our journey to another avocado farm to visit some of Grant's friends before heading home for the night.
Saturday morning was wet and cold so we layed around in our pj's. After lunch we headed to an apple orchard to pick our own apples. It was cool to see all of the equipment. There was even a room that reduces the amount of oxygen and carbon dioxide to make the fruit go dormant. This is how we get fresh fruit out of season. We then headed to Karri Valley where we found a field of emus and kangaroos. Us girls from CMU decided it would be funny to chase the emus to see what would happen. They were much faster and showed signs of aggression so we decided to back off! We also went and checked out a local waterfall before heading home to teach Grant and Dameon american drinking games.
Sunday was an early morning when McKenzie walked into our room telling us to wake up- we have work to do! it was pretty cute. Sara, Gina, and I not only planted 40 avocado trees but we fertilized 2,000 avo trees and 1,000 orange trees by hand. We figured we walked about 8 miles each carrying a bucket that weighed around 10 pounds. It took us about 3 hours to finish. My arms were definately tired the next day! AFter the farm work was done, we went off roading to the beach through the dunes. I felt like I was in a Jeep commerical. The beach was beautiful and we spent time watching the sunset over the southern ocean while we had a picnic.
Monday we set traps for marron in the dam at the farm. These are like freshwater lobsters. We caught five which isn't too bad for little work .We also took turns riding the four wheeler before we began the journey back to Perth.
This week is already flying by! I can't believe it is Thursday already. School is keeping me busy as well as the family. They are always go, go go. Tomorrow night I am going to watch the men's olympic team play field hockey with Georgia. Saturday is a day downtown and then Sunday is a day at the beach. It is supposed to be almost 90 and sunny. Hope all is well! Thinking of everyone!