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…new tracks and Aussie wildlife

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I’ve officially been living Down Under for about a MONTH now.

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Where did the time go? Well, from settling in, to a couple of weekend trips, learning to navigate public transportation, walk on the left side of the sidewalk and store aisles, order a Long Black or a Flat White, switch from Fahrenheit to Celsius, and other foreign measurements, try to understand all the tricky Aussie slang, this-that-and-the-other, here we are!

As I’ve casually mentioned before, it’s winter. But not Colorado winter. No snow. No sub-0 degree mornings (back on the Fahrenheit scale here). Just 40’s and 50’s with some wind and some rain. Mostly tolerable, especially since we are now on the upswing to Spring. September 1. Or is it 1 September? Regardless, no Solsticing here. And I’m counting the days to Spring.

I am happy to say that running has been feeling much better. After several runs with aches, pains, and just generally feeling not awesome, I think I can finally say I’ve worked out some of those kinks. I like when running feels more fluid. Still not up for any intense training, but at least each run is back to a relative comfort level.

Exploring local running “tracks” has been the most exciting! Last week, I ran a trail less than 2 miles from my house, and came across some wildlife that I realized I was completely inept in regards to my defense tactics: Kangaroos. Now, I should know exactly what to do when I come across bear, coyote, elk, deer, moose, mountain lion, etc. Running ANY trail in Colorado could put you face-to-face with one of these creatures, and you better know what to do! So, when I came across an entire mob of kangaroo, some a mere handful of yards away, some right on the running track, just staring at me, I was at a complete loss.

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Do I find two sticks, clap them together, and make a lot of noise? Do I make myself as big as I can? Do I climb a eucalyptus tree? Do I back away slowly, silently? Do I play dead? Do I crouch under a group of trees, up on my toes, and make like a ball? No…that’s for lightening storms.

So, I did what anyone would do. I took out my phone and started taking heaps of pictures. All the while exclaiming under my breath, “No way,” “Unbelievable,” “Ohmygosh,” and the like.

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I spotted a local walking on the trail coming toward me, so I thought I’d take a cue from him as I continued to take pictures. They clearly didn’t faze him at all, as he continued to walk, seemingly without notice of so many, so close.

I eagerly admitted my ignorance by asking right away, “Will they attack?” Hoping my American accent would justify my stupid question.

As if reading my mind, the first thing he asked was, “Where are you from?” Satisfied with my answer (“The States”) he said, they won’t attack unless they are cornered; which clearly they weren’t in that position on the top of Red Hill. They will typically just retreat as you approach. Shy creatures.

I moved on, discovering more as I ran. These looked ridiculously fake. As if they had been stuffed and placed on the track.

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While probably not a big deal to Aussies, as they see kangaroo frequently, my mind is completely blown!

XO,

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4 thoughts on “…new tracks and Aussie wildlife

  1. I love this – I got ridiculously excited when I saw you post these on IG (or maybe FB?)…they are so cute!!
    Glad you are settling in and adjusting there. What in the world is a long black or a flat white?

    • So, a long black is closest to an Americano, but made in the reverse way by pouring a double-shot of espresso over hot water. Creates a stronger flavor. Or flavour. ๐Ÿ˜‰ A flat white is like a smaller latte or cappuccino, so it has a higher coffee to milk proportion. I’ve learned WAY too much about coffee in the last few weeks and how the names are changed just based on how it is poured or the order in which it is poured. But, I will say, it has much more flavor here.

  2. The Kangaroos are so cool!!! And I loved your reactions haha the Aussie was probable thinking “Damn Yank…”

    I worked in an Australian themed coffee shop here last spring before I got my teaching job, the owner grew up in Melbourne. We had Long Black’s and Flat White’s on our menu and I was pretty much addicted to Flat Whites when I stopped working – SO good! The name “Long Black” makes for good jokes as well ๐Ÿ˜‰ Can’t wait to see more of your adventures down under!

    Also – I have a sister living in Canberra (did I already tell you this?) She isn’t so much of a runner – she and her husband (who is an Aussie) do a lot of cycling and she’s a swimmer, but if you ever needed anything I’m sure they’d be happy to point you in the right direction. Be warned though, Lachy likes to drink and serve wine ๐Ÿ˜‰ he’s definitely an Aussie…

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