Last summer, Shaun had the opportunity to be the speaker at a week-long youth group camp held in the Grampians. The Grampians are a national park in Victoria, Australia. According to Wikipedia, the Grampians are known for their sandstone mountains, wildflowers, and wildlife including echidnas and wallabies. I love getting to see the wild kangaroos throughout the mountains whenever we visit.
Since Shaun’s parents run a farm in rural Victoria, most of our time in Australia was spent in the relatively-flat farming region. It was nice to be able to get away for a week to the mountains! Living in Oklahoma means I don’t get to spend much time in the mountains without a very long car drive, so I especially enjoy any time in the mountains. This was my second time visiting the Grampians, and I can see us going back many times in the future when we visit Australia!
I enjoyed our time hiking, but I found that the hikes that the youth group were doing to be a bit too challenging for me. They made it to the top and back down one of the mountains before we even made it half-way up the mountain. I blame this on the fact that I’m out of shape and didn’t grow up hiking in the mountains. I get really nervous in steep/slippery spots, and it really slows me down. To account for this, we spent the rest of our week taking shorter/easier hikes to places with pretty waterfalls.
I hope you enjoy looking at the pictures I took during some of our hikes!