March 10, 2005

Today was an easy driving day. But, before we left the motel in Lavers Hill, we enjoyed some time watching the animals. There was a large pasture of cows and the motel owners had two llamas. I also got to watch some beautiful birds eating from a bird feeder on the ground. When I scared them, they’d fly up to a tree across the street and then slowly drift back one by one. It was neat to watch. One of the cows became fixated with Vienna. She stood and watched her for about five minutes. She will forever in our lives be known as the "staring cow."

After a quick lunch at Red Rooster, we started our drive by seeing the rest of the Great Ocean Road. There are some gorgeous sites on the west end of the road. We saw the Twelve Apostles, a dozen very large rocks sticking out of the water, a couple of arches and lots of cliffs. The Aussies have it set up really nicely with walkways out to the cliffs so you can look out. The road doesn't go close enough to the edge to see these things, otherwise. It was very nice. God sure knows what he's doing when it comes to coastlines.

Once we departed the GOR, we headed northwest toward the Fleurieu Peninsula. Tomorrow morning we'll be taking the ferry from Cape Jervis to Kangaroo Island. The drive was fairly uneventful, yet it was a bit stressful as we wound around roads that weren't clearly marked on our map. The peninsula itself does not have nice straight roads to the cape. This stress was increased as we ended up having to drive for about an hour at night. With the constant threat of roos jumping out in front of you after dusk, we had an eagle eye out for the creatures.

But, the good news is that we did see some roos on the side of the road nibbling grass as dusk. These were our first ones since the zoo. They were very much like deer, skittish, and they kept their eyes on us constantly. Once we got too close for comfort they bounded off into the bush. My theory is that kangaroos, like deer, are probably more comfortable if we stay in our car. In the past, I have been able to get closer to deer in a car than on foot. We hope to test that theory and see more kangaroos, koalas and other animals on Kangaroo Island, tomorrow. We're looking forward to it a lot.

Tonight, we are staying at a tavern. I don't like the idea of this but coming into Cape Jervis as late as we did, we are glad to have any accommodations. It is comfortable but the water tastes like sulfur. We'll be buying some bottled tomorrow.