Prior to coming to Australia, I connected online with blogger Amy from Surf and Fitness Journey. We have been following each others blogs for some time now. When she heard that I would be coming to Melbourne she offered to meet up with me where she grew up: the turquoise Mornington Peninsula. I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day touring the Mornington Peninsula with my new friend and personal tour guide. Her knowledge of the area is beyond compare. Both Amy and I share a passion for the ocean as we both grew up by the sea. It was refreshing to be able to connect with another kindred spirit with a love for the beach.
The places Amy brought me to were beyond anything I could have imagined that I would see in the Mornington Peninsula. I never would have imagined that I would see some of the most beautiful turquoise views in south east Australia. My day with Amy is one of my highlights in south eastern Australia and I was blessed to be able to share the perfectly planned day with the inspiring blogger. Her surf and fitness journey has moulder her into the person she is today. Her love of the sea is as vibrant and passionate as mine. Throughout the day, we often both stood in awe of what we were seeing while silently sharing that sacred moment together.
Amy Brought Me to See:
West Head at Mornington Peninsula National Park
Cape Schack Lighthouse
Our day could have been a fatal one for us as we encountered a tiger snake while leaving Gunnamatta Beach. If we had of been walking on the other side of the path, the metre long snake would have surely bit us because we wouldn’t have seen it and walked right into it (it was already halfway on the path). Luckily, we were on the opposite side of the track and had time to react (I saw it in my peripheral) to this extremely venomous snake. As soon as I noticed the snake, I grabbed Amy’s arm and said run! Confused and unsure, Amy followed my instruction and ran quickly ahead. Once we were at a safe distance, we stopped and I explained to her what I just saw. The episode must have scared the fear of snakes right out of her because we both quickly started snapping photos of the slithering snake. As I inched closer and closer Amy yelled nervously, don’t get too close.
Tiger snake bites lead to death if not treated immediately. You have to love Australia for their deadly animals and landscape. There is always a price to be paid for visiting such a beautiful country. Ironically, Amy and I were just discussing earlier about her fear of snakes and the fact that (even as an Australian) she has never seen a snake in the wild. After seeing 4 myself in just 2.5 months, I was shocked to know that she hadn’t seen any throughout her entire life in Australia. Of course it would be with me when she would see the deadliest one. Not only did we see a snake, but we also saw a cute echidna. I think the thought of snakes frightened her more than actually experiencing one in person. She was a champ.
Our beautiful day quickly came to an end after we enjoyed our lunch under the sun in the small town of Coast and stopped for a leisurely stroll along Rye’s pier. I couldn’t have planned a more perfect day myself. I can’t thank Amy enough for her generosity and willingness to show a crazy Canadian around her special place (including some of her favorite secret spots). It’s inspiring to be able to meet other bloggers met online and learn from them.
Amy also wrote about her day with me on her blog; you can read it here.