The Australian Alps

Mount Buffalo National ParkAustAlpsRegionMapPositioned in southwestern part of the Australian Alps is Mount Buffalo National Park. Boasting 77,000 acres of striking granite boulders, rock formations and waterfalls, it is a fantastic place for bush hikes and is filled with plenty of wildlife such as Lyrebirds, Eastern Rosellas, wombats and swamp wallabies.

The Aboriginal Traditional Owners of Victoria are the Mitambuta and Taugaurong and they identify the Mount Buffalo National Park as their Traditional Country.  Declared a national park in 1898, Mount Buffalo is rich in history and is loved by bushwalkers, adventurers and birdwatchers alike – and by those who just want to take in the clear mountain air.

It’s free, family friendly and worth a day or more of exploration.

Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs has become a place we find ourselves coming back to time and again. It’s no surprise though, with hosts like the Penely’s who wouldn’t want to come back. The Penely'sWith a heart as big as the ocean, the Penely’s open their home often, to youth, community gatherings, travelers, fostering and caring for others. Not only that, but they are engaging. Conversations of faith and community are often the focus. This time around we were able to pick up a copy of Paul’s book, Reenacting the Way and had some great pre-read conversations around the fire. We cherish these moments with kinfolk and are especially grateful that they happen to live in such a fantastically beautiful part of the country.

We spent five days in the Springs, exploring the Garden of the Gods, Pikes Peak, Helen Hunt Falls and local shops. It’s not only a place of beauty but a place that offers us restoration.

hummingbirdAt the Falls we discovered a hummingbird exhibit. The humming-bird is one of my favorites. If you’ve never seen one, they are quite fantastic as they hover in mid-air by rapidly flapping their wings 12–80 times per second (depending on the species). They are known as hummingbirds because of the humming sound created by their beating wings, which sometimes sounds like bees or other insects. We also learned that they are the only bird that can fly forwards and backwards. What a fascinating creature!

But of all the places in Colorado Springs to visit, Garden of the Gods is one of our favorites. It is a registered National Natural Landmark and it is a free. The park has a fantastic Nature Center where you can learn about the history of the native people from that area, the plant life, animals that inhabit this area, and the geology of the amazing red rock formations. We highly recommend making this park of your stops along the way!