Kidnapping the Neighbors Kids

Kidnapping the Neighbors Kids

Our kids had a visit from a couple of their friends this morning.

Rather than let them sit around playing computer games, we bundled them into the van and took them on a couple of hikes. (After checking that it was ok to kidnap a couple of extra kids. Thanks Renea!)

The first hike was around Camp Mountain – a beautiful forest to the south of Samford. I’ve done this on the mountain bike before, and really wanted to show everyone how picturesque it is.
Up the Long Road
It’s a big road for a small person. Lilly kept going all day. (Picture by Liz)

Camp Mountain Summit
It’s a good climb to the Summit of Camp Mountain, with great views of the city.

Lace Monitor
Some of the wildlife at the top (Picture by Liz)

The second hike was up the Goat Track – a washed out dirt road west of Samford. I love this road because of the views and the fascinating Rock Art that has sprung up along the way.

"Hey look at this!"
Sail BoatCouple with ChildMenagerie
I’ve been observing the rock structures over the last couple of months and they’re getting quite realistic!

Albany Creek Water Tower
The view from The Goat Track looking east past the Water Tower at Albany Creek, with Moreton Bay in the background.

All up we hiked 8.8km with a total ascent of 520m. I was really impressed with how well the kids coped with it – no complaints and everyone kept up a great pace (average of about 4.5km/h).

Well done team!

Total distance: 5.99 km
Max elevation: 416 m
Min elevation: 185 m
Total climbing: 397 m
Total descent: -399 m
Average speed: 4.70 km/h
Total Time: 01:42:20
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Total distance: 3.66 km
Max elevation: 280 m
Min elevation: 161 m
Total climbing: 151 m
Total descent: -159 m
Average speed: 4.14 km/h
Total Time: 01:02:15
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Fun at the Spillway

Fun at the Spillway

I thought I’d take the boys for a ride around some of the locally flooded creeks.

Here’s some photos of them having fun.

Brothers getting up to mischiefWalking on WaterHow do I turn this thing off?

Total distance: 22.63 km
Max elevation: 49 m
Min elevation: 10 m
Total climbing: 459 m
Total descent: -464 m
Average speed: 14.50 km/h
Total Time: 02:27:08
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Pot Luck Fun

Pot Luck Fun

A few random pictures from a fun weekend.

Kids playing basketball
We celebrated Josh’s 21st birthday on Sunday afternoon. I had a great time chilling out and watching the kids play basketball.

Watching the game
So did the girls 🙂

Piñata
Lilly had fun trying to get the Piñata at Angela’s birthday party on Saturday

Gotcha!
And I was so engrossed in taking a photo while out riding on Saturday morning that I didn’t realize I’d taken a photo of myself in the rear-view mirror.

All-in-all a fantastic weekend!

Carla the Toy Voyager

Carla the Toy Voyager

We received a Toy Voyager in the mail recently. Carla is a cute little black bird all the way from cold Siberia. She’ll be staying with us for a few months and going on some adventures with us.

I introduced Carla to Lilly this afternoon, and the two of them instantly became friends.

Lilly showed Carla around our slightly overgrown but very green sub-tropical garden, and Carla obliged by perching on Lilly’s head.

If you feel like indulging your inner child, why not host a toy voyager for a few months? It will change the way you look at the world.