|demonstrating tossing a fish tail-first|
|fish is inside but he knows he needs to turn it around|
There is no real camping on Phillip Island; we stayed at Cowes Caravan Park which ended up working out great because there were tons of kids. Jackson met Rylea and they were fast friends, riding bikes and hanging out. I spent a lovely evening with Rylea's mom and a friend, drinking tea and chatting. As we left the park, Jackson said that meeting Rylea was his favorite experience so far on the trip.
|Jackson and Rylea|
As I cooked dinner in the common kitchen area one evening, I saw a small group of girls all with blonde hair walk by. As they passed Jackson, who was sitting on a railing, they asked his name. "Jackson", he said, "but you can call me Jack". Oh, really? I've never heard him say that before. The girls were all very giggly, and Rylea later told Jackson that the girls liked his American accent. Jackson humbly said, "I know." It will be very interesting once school starts...
Since we were already feeling touristy, we visited MARU Wildlife Park for a chance to feed kangaroos.
|Sam communing with nature|
|Kenyon feeding an albino kangaroo|
|if you look closely you can see the joey nursing|
We saw other cool animals at this park; it is of course much more exciting and interesting to see an animal in the wild (like my wombat, or Sam's echidna)--but it was still neat to glimpse these creatures that we don't get to see in the States...
|ok, we've all seen parrots but this one was saying 'hello' with an Australian accent!|
|Tasmanian devil--see how his ears glow red in the sun? You can also see his fangs.|
|photo credit: Tourism Victoria|
We were not allowed to take pictures of our own, but it's something I'll always remember, and I'm glad we made it as far as Phillip Island on our one big trip down south.