We decided to enjoy the wonderful whale season that takes place from June to November, literally an hour from our house
We watched the whales at Gold Coast. Many believe that the Gold Coast is the best place for whale watching because of its close location to the continental shelf. Humpback whales always travel their 10,000 km trip to give birth around Antarctica inside the continental shelf to protect themselves and their calves from the dangerous orca "Killer" whales, which is one of their personal greatest predators.
While going out on the boat we had these birds fly with us. It was like a sea gull treadmill. I had never been so close to a bird flying for so long. It was amazing to watch their body movements at such a close range.
We learned a lot on the boat. If you ever are thinking about going, I would highly recommend Spirit of the gold coast, #lovespiritwhales, www.spiritwhalewatching.com.au, and at the moment they have a Groupon going on.
The humpback whales, fifth largest whale, can grow to be 15-18 meters long, weigh anywhere from 27-45 tons, and live 45-50 years. Also, with this mammal it is expected for the females to be larger than the males.
We only saw one pod, but got to watch them for a bit. I have video, I can not attach it to this, but if you will e-mail me, I would love to share.
Some interesting facts we learned were the whales are born tail fluke first, and each tail fluke is like their individual fingerprint. No two flukes are alike.
When a calf is born it can weight 1-1.5 tons and be 2-3 meters long. If that isn't hard enough on the mother, the calf can drink 600 liters of the mother's milk, which is a toothpaste consistency, everyday.
Something else I did not know is each whale has two blowholes. One for each lung.
So, needless to say, a good time was had by all. A lot was learned, pictures were really hard to get, and we can't wait to go back watching for whales.
So far, in Australia I have spent a lot of time sitting and waiting. Sitting at bus stops, waiting on a ferry, staying at home 8-5 for a delivery that might take place the next couple days, or just waiting on Josh to get off work. I have read A LOT.
I never leave the house without a book. I can honestly say one of the best finds I have made so far is a library one block from our house. I know I am a nerd, but books are really expensive here, and a book can take you so many places, it can also help pass the time.
If you want a list of books so far, just ask. I would love to share. What is a book you would add to my list? I am always looking for more books to read.
One book I have read is a Beth Moore book, When Godly People do Ungodly Things. I am almost embarrassed to say, but this has been my first Beth Moore book. I have really enjoyed it.
Being in a different country, I have thought about other times I have been out of The States. This book combined with Steve Edelhuber, always asking us in Honduras, to talk about how we saw God during the day, has really gotten me thinking.
During the book, Moore talks about ways we can make our lives less likely to be attacked by Satan. One of the ways she suggests is be thankful. Look for things throughout your day that you are thankful for, and list them for God. Tell him you are thankful. Not in a long prayer that lasts forever and ever, but just throughout your day, kind of having a running conversation with God. You could just pause throughout your day and tell God, "Hey, Thanks for that."
If you are always thanking God for the amazing things in your life, and even when it is bad, there is always something you can be thankful for, you spend your time looking at the world in a positive light.
In a world where we have #mancrushmonday, #MCM, #Womancrushwednesday, #WCW, #FBF, #Flashbackfriday, why can't we as Christians have #TT or #thankfulthursdays? This could be a time where we tell the world what we are thankful for. This can be something that you see that day, or something that you have thought about all week.
Your #TT, #ThankfulThursday post can be something simple, like a picture of a meal, or something more complicated. The sky is honestly the limit on how much you can be thankful for. Every Thursday you would just post on Instagram, twitter, and or Facebook a picture or quote of something you are thankful for.
Now, I am just one blog, that has around 100 readers. Think if every reader started #TT, #Thankfulthursday and told their friends, churches, and shared blog on their Facebook wall, twitter feed, instagram.
We could start a revolution worldwide in no time. Maybe this could help the world be a more positive place, and who doesn't want to live in a more positive place?
In honor of my Mamma's birthday TODAY. She is my first #Thankfulthursday post. What will yours be?
With Josh gone to the states this week, and having to get his carry on bag ready the other day. I thought I would tell you our must have items. This is something I have been asked about a lot! People always say, but the flight to Australia is SOOOO long. Here is how I manage it. I never leave home without these things in my backpack.
*Enjoy the pictures. Drake modeled for them.
1. ELECTRONIC BOOKS Make a list of books you want to read, and get books on your iPad, Kindle, or any electronic device. I for sure suggest electronic devices. Books can get really heavy carrying them around, and with all the time you have, you can read a lot of books. I stop reading books about two weeks away from my trip so I will really be eager to jump into them.
2. Pick yourfavorite water bottle. Go through security with it empty and then fill it up on the other side. You need to make sure you stay hydrated on the flights. When it is night time on the flights the flights attendants put out pitchers of water. I do not know about you, but after all of the reports I have been reading about planes and being clean, I only drink bottle water. Before they turn the lights off ask the flight attendants to fill your favorite bottle with their bottle water.
3. Wear comfy clothes. This means everything you have on. Make sure you can live in it for two days without wanting to take anything off or change. I wear my Chacos, (I know surprise surprise), but many people suggest tennis shoes.
4. Find Compression socks that will fit your feet and legs. I did not try this my first trip and then wore them my second. The leg pain was night and day. I for sure put this as a number one item list for my carry-on.
5. I always pack a pillow. I have a big one that I can wrap my arms around the bottom of, and it will stand up on its own. I lean on it and it really helps me sleep. I also try to get a window seat where I can lean my pillow on the side. To carry my pillow I always have a backpack as my carry-on and put it in the straps between my back and backpack. People may look at you a little odd, but on the plane they are all jealous!
6. Good headphones. They do not have to be expensive, but make sure they fit your ears. There is free entertainment on the long plane trips, you have to have headphones to enjoy the movies and television shows though. You will use these most of your trip.
7. Waterless toothbrushes. You will be on the plane a long time, it feels so good after I brush my teeth. It is a quick pick me up before they turn off the lights, and before I get off the plane. You can buy these at Wal-mart or any store like that.
8. Waterless shampoo or a hat. When you get off the plane it is day time. YOu do not want to sleep as soon as you get there. We always go explore somewhere. My hair always feels nasty after the long plane ride. You can use either just as a quick freshen up
9. SnacksI bring my some snacks just in case I do not like the food offered on the plane, and let's be honest, the they are not there to provide you with great food. Cheez-its are my favorite flying snack.
10. Small things like face wash towel, medicine, lotion, lip gloss, hand sanitizer. That stuff that is already in your purse and you use all the time.
Also, Josh had to go back to states the day before the race.
So I had no support at race.
I picked up my packet. It was just a bib, and a bag. That's it!
Aussie races really need tips on race bags!
But the scenery of the race REALLY made up for the lack of goodies!
My night before meal was different.
I had spaghetti with pumpkin in it.
It was pretty good.
Josh had set up for me to ride with a family, who the husband works at Halliburton.
So I got a cab at four in the morning, rode across town, to a complete strangers house, and rode with them to the Gold Coast.
My cab driver was so sweet. He wouldn't leave me at the house until I knew for sure I was at the correct place. He said, "Doll, you just have a innocence about you an I don't ever want you to lose that."
By the end of the day they were no longer strangers, I was glad to gain some Australian running friends.
I did not get ANY pictures during the race.
I was really trying hard not to walk any. I only walked twice throughout the entire race.
Hey that is an improvement for me.
I mean, this was the least trained I have ever been for a race and ran a sub-five hour.
I know that is not a really good time, but for me, IT IS GREAT.
I am really happy with my time.
The scenery was amazing.
I can't wait go back to the Gold Coast to actually explore, and just be a beach bum.
Anyone that comes and visits, Gold Coast will for sure be on the bucket list.
When I was growing up, I had a mental picture of Australia; beaches, sun, nice people.
The Gold Coast was my picture to a tee.
So happy to have my first Australian race in a beautiful setting.