Last year at the end of the school year the students and parents of my classroom surprised me with a night away at Binna Burra Lodge. One of the students told me they wanted to get me a bridge climb as a gift, but someone had done a little research, found my blog, and realized I had already climbed it. In finding my blog though they realized I loved adventure and outdoors. Needless to say a really thoughtful, and amazing gift.
Josh and I decided to use the night away for our fifth anniversary. The lodge is only around 1.5 hours from our house, so a perfect quick getaway. I guess we should have checked the weather before we went though.
We started our first hike with a little trickle of rain, but as we hiked farther into the rainforest it started pouring. We both mentioned how it was great though because the canopy was covering us. We spoke too soon, right about the time we said that the trail went to the edge of the rainforest and we got soaked!
We just laughed and literally danced in the rain. The rain made everything so green and pretty though, it didn't ruin our day.
One thing that was interesting about the lodge, is everyone eats meals together at the same time. There are a couple of tables that are just for two, but the rest you just sit with whomever and enjoy getting to know someone. We met the cutest couple from Canada whom had been staying at the lodge for the past two weeks. They had some fascinating travel stories, and I hope we get to travel to half the places they have gone. They had been together for almost fifty years, and both studied insects as their job. They have been to Australia many times, and their number one spot here is Binna Burra. Good thing they didn't live close to Brisbane because I would have been begging them to come to my classroom and tech about insects. Can you image the kind of collection they have?
I would recommend this little trip to anyone in Brisbane. You do not have to stay the night in the lodge to enjoy the trails and everything. There were a lot of people that com up there for the day just wanting to get out into nature. This area is a great place to unwind, unplug, and forget you live in a city.
Where are some places you have celebrated your anniversary?