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Saturday, February 22, Day 306 – Freo

The Rottnest Channel Swim happens today. There are two races over two distances from Leighton Beach in Fremantle to beautiful Rottnest Island – a direct crossing 12 miles open to solos, duos, and teams of four and six, and a 15 mile solo ultra-marathon swim. It is the longest open water swim in the Southern Hemisphere! I was musing how hard that might be. Are...

Friday, February 21: Day 305 – Sandboarding

Today is an all day bus ride north of Perth and we are traversing many small cities along the Swan River. It was originally called the Black Swan River as many of these birds were found here. Gilford was the first established city along the Swan River during the settlement days. Margaret River is known for its vineyards and wine production. We stopped at the Margaret...

Thursday, February 20: Day 304 – Quokka

Perth was established in 1829. It currently has a population of just under 2 million. It is the most isolated major city in the world. Perth is the capital of Western Australia which is one third of Australia with 80% of the population living in Perth. Kings Park in Perth is the largest urban park in the world which is greater than Central Park at 1000 acres. Perth...

Wednesday, February 19: Day 303 – Jetty

We spent the day in the town of Busselton, home of the longest jetty in the southern hemisphere at 6,040 feet long which is over one mile long. We are exactly 11,700 miles from home as we are at the end of the jetty situated in Geographe Bay. The heat and sun are brutal, and we opted for the train especially since it had commentary. There was a cute song that they...

Tuesday, February 18: Day 302 – I’ve Seen the Light

We did not have GPS nor did we think to download a map. We had to navigate old school and actually use the map and decide which way was North. We passed a sign that said Dead Finish Wheelchair Access. At first, I thought that it might be a graveyard but it was what we would call a Dead End. Hamelin Bay Stingrays There were a lot of people at Hamelin Bay in order to...

Monday, February 17: Day 301 – On to a New Continent

Our flight from Singapore to Perth was on Scoot Airlines. This budget airline charged for checked bags and served no food or beverage. Rob said that it was still cheaper. He ordered off a menu.I read that this airline flies to Wuhan, China. I wonder if they thoroughly disinfected the airplanes in light of the coronavirus outbreak.We have flown a lot this year and...

Sunday, February 16: Day 300 – Loving God, Serving Together

As they are sorting out how to deal with the coronavirus now named COVID-19, Singapore has had a cluster of cases linked to a church service. The Ministry of Health was quick to act and met with church leaders. Churches can close and certainly will be forced to close if they don’t take specific steps to ensure the health of their congregations. Here are the...

Saturday, February 15: Day 299 – Little Red Dot

Little Red Dot is a nickname often used in the media, and in casual conversation, as a reference to Singapore. It refers to how the nation is depicted on many maps of the world and of Asia. Singaporeans have proudly embraced the little red dot moniker. We went to the Battlebox Museum which is located at Fort Canning. This was command central during The Battle of...

Friday, February 14: Day 298 – Valentine’s Day Celebration

I asked Rob what special thing we were going to do to mark Valentine’s Day.He said,”How about if I take you halfway around the world to Singapore where we will ride an elevator to the top of the Marina Bay Sands Hotel and have a fancy lunch overlooking the city. Then we will go to the ArtScience Museum, Flower Dome, Cloud Forest and at dusk admire the...

Thursday, February 13: Day 297 – Zoo on the Equator

I love to go to zoos. Some people think that it is cruel to keep animals in this way. However, as I view the tree kangaroo exhibit, one realizes that a zoo can assure that this already vulnerable animal will be saved from extinction likely from the Australian wildfires. Also, for one to care about an animal or even a people group, seeing, learning and caring about...