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Back in Australia

AUSTRALIA | Saturday, 14 July 2012 | Views [510]

What a ride it has been, but right now everything’s seems too familiar.

My parents, Lyn and Trev picked us up from Adelaide airport in two cars. When I told them how much stuff we had they thought it just easier to drive both down. It’s always good to see them but especially after two years. Whispers of time have aged us all but our relationship is better than ever. We stayed at their place in Adelaide for two weeks where we bought a car off my mate Smitty and caught up with a lot of old friends from some crazy party days back in Adelaide. Good people. Now all these crazy party people have a kid or three and are still looking fantastic.  I managed to get novelty surf with old mates Grom and Gilli out at Southport as well.  After a while though it felt like it was time to go so we left Adelaide but we took a detour to Portland in Victoria. We took this way because I think we really didn’t want to drive home (Coffs) yet, as well as catching up with an old friend, Fred- the Swedish Viking. Once again, I hadn’t seen Fred for many years and at times it seems that our lives run in parallel. It was good to see him but unfortunately he had a bike accident where he broke a few ribs, punctured his lung and a slight neck tweak. So he wasn’t surfing, but I managed to get a couple at a little reef called Crummies. It felt a little funny surfing again, my stomach and shoulders hurt but otherwise it was a fun surf. Danielle opted out due to fear of the cold.

The drive back to Coffs from Portland was surprisingly easy, some bad weather but the majority of the trip was on freeways so it was easy and fast. When we got to Coffs we stayed at a good friend Carla’s place on her couch for two weeks until we got on our feet. Honestly without Carla we would have been in a caravan park so we are so grateful and appreciative of her hospitality and kindness. In the 2 weeks we managed to both get work, get a place to live and move all our things from the storage container to our new home. It’s on the other side of town but close to Sawtell beach and close to Danielle’s work. We both have some work lined up and it’s looking like a smooth transition back in to the coastal life that we enjoy up here on the North Coast of New South Wales. This is home, for now.

I guess this is our last post. Maybe we could have traveled for longer, but money and impending careers eventually drew us back. Can’t live the dream for ever. Societies need the worker bees to go to work every day. That feeling of mourning still lingers, and now it sort of feels like a dream. All the places that we went and adventures we took over the past 15 months have condensed into tiny frame grabs from a supernatural movie. It has been absolutely amazing. Everywhere we went, the snow was good or the surf was pumping. It was filled with beautiful moments in time from all over the world where the memories of people and places will always bring a smile to my face.

Thanks for following us throughout our travels and I sincerely hope you enjoyed reading our stories, clicking through endless jpeg images and soaking up bandwidth with our snowboarding videos!




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