Rewind and Review

Now that we have settled in Pannawonica, I have time to do a quick review of my last hitlist.  I think it is really important to acknowledge the things that went well and the things that did not work so well, celebrate all the good stuff, take the lessons learnt, and shrug off any failures or mishaps.  At the end of the day it is all about movement….active movement, forward movement, progress, living life and making the most out of your opportunities. So how did I go with Hitlist No. 2?  To be honest I can’t even remember what was on the list now, I was a little consumed by the Adventurethon but looked forward to reviewing to see what I did get done.Hitlist 2.2

  1.  Run 5km (Couch to 5km running program) – Loved this running program and will be doing this again with the kids in my new hitlist item ‘4km Mother’s Day Classic Fun Run’ with whole family.  Also really glad I achieved my 5km running goal along the cliffs of Kalbarri.Warm up walk to Island Rock which is where I started my run and the boardwalk ended.
  2.   Mundaring Weir Stair Workout – That was painful, only completed 3 full return runs from top to bottom.  Beautiful place to work out though.End of the final stair climb!!  Thank God, stairs officially suck balls!
  3.  Volunteer at OXFAM 100km – I loved this night, such a great atmosphere and very well run.  I liked that I felt that I was giving back in some small way to a good cause and back to events that I love to participate in (without much thought to all the volunteers that make these things happen).This was at the start of my shift, all four members completing the 100km which was quite a feat.  Quite a few teams lost members due to injury or exhaustion.
  4.  Try a Kickboxing Class –  I didn’t get to do this and I still want to do a class.  This was simply that I just couldn’t juggle all my comittments to make it happen.  Another time.
  5. John Forrest National Park Troll Bridge – This was awesome and still my favourite day out with the family.After only 800m we came across the 'Troll Tunnel'.  You have to make it exciting and a little scary for boys.  In we go.....dah da daaaaa (thats supposed to be scary music).
  6. Kayak to Penguin Island – This didn’t happen either sadly.  Realised that I probably didn’t quite have the skills or knowledge to do this on my own and couldn’t justify the expense to do a guided trip at this point in time.
  7.  Kings Park Tree Top Walk/Jacob’s Ladder – This was a great, easy day trip with the kids.treetops2

    Jacob's Ladder, Kings Park

    Jacob’s Ladder, Kings Park

  8.  Join the local MTB social ride – Everyone should try mountain biking it is such a great way to get and/or stay fit.  Social rides are a great way to meet people, learn great tips and learn about fun places to ride.Love the trails....although trees and I have a love hate relationship.  I often struggle to get through gaps without hitting my handlebars lol.  I'm so cool!!
  9.  Complete my Healthy Exercise Challenge with the kids – Really liked doing these things with the kids and just remembered that I was going to try it during school term and not just on the holidays…hmmm, and this is why we review!Find a local bike path - Where does it take you?
  10.  Trail Run at Bold Park – This didn’t happen as I left it to the last minute, then ran into the calf injury, then ran out of time.  Bummer, will have to keep this at the back of my mind and try and get there next time I am in Perth.
  11.  Participate in the Perth Marathon Club’s 7.5km run along the Esplanade – I feel like I am making a lot of excuses…buuut this was a scheduling clash with my husband’s FIFO roster.  This was a Sunday morning and usually the husband is home except for this very weekend.  I couldn’t very well make the kids wait at the finish line for me….I did think about it.
  12.  Try and MTB once a week – This was about a 16 week block for this hitlist and while I managed to ride every week I think I only managed to actually MTB maybe four times over that period.  This was a fail.
  13.  Organise to be fitted for my bike properly – Success!  I did do this one and very glad I did too.Managed to get on and stay balanced....Yay!
  14.  Sullivan’s Rock to Monadnocks Campsite, Bibbulmun Track –  What do we call this one? 50/50?  I did do a portion of the Bibbulmun Track and walked Sullivan’s Rock, but then failed to go in the planned direction and proceeded to get lost.   Points for trying??Bibb Track
  15.  Complete in Adventurethon Albany – Too right I did, feeling quite proud of that one.

I managed to complete 9 out of 15 items for a 60% completion rate.  Looking back I feel like I achieved so much more.  It just goes to show that it doesn’t matter about the things you don’t do only about the things you do.  I still believe that I complete more when I write them down and plug away.  So get busy dreaming, planning, and most importantly just get outside and move!!

Linking up with One Mother Hen.

John Forrest National Park and the Troll Tunnel…A Picture Story

This would have to be one of the best family day trips we have done, I know big call, but it was just such a nice day with lots to see and explore for the boys.  Its another reason to get outside and explore all your National Parks as you never know what gems you may come across.

John Forrest National Park is located in the Mundaring Shire and can be accessed via Park Road off the Great Eastern Highway, or from the Western entrance in Swan View (cnr of Pechey and Morrison Roads).  We chose to park at the Western entrance as we wanted to ride our bikes and the old railway tunnel was located close to this point.  I thought we would need something early in the piece to grab the boys attention or we would lose them to their whinging about sore legs or that they were too hot.  If you are going via the Park Road entrance there is a negligible National Park entry fee.

Here are a few pictures from our wonderful day exploring a small part of John Forrest National Park.

 

After unloading all the bikes, helmets, and backpacks we were ready to go.

After unloading all the bikes, helmets, and backpacks we were ready to go.  We didn’t really know what to expect but that is half the fun of exploring.

After only 800m we came across the 'Troll Tunnel'.  You have to make it exciting and a little scary for boys.  In we go.....dah da daaaaa (thats supposed to be scary music).

After only 800m (we actually missed the first entrance as it was only a little trail off to the right of the main path) we came across the ‘Troll Tunnel’. You have to make it exciting and a little scary for boys. In we go…..dah da daaaaa (thats supposed to be scary music).

We made it out alive, one little torch between us.  Let's be honest, it was a little daunting.  It was cold, wet, and very dark in the middle of the tunnel and you just had to trust that there was nothing nasty waiting for you!!

We made it out alive, one little torch between us. Let’s be honest, it was a little daunting. It was cold, wet, and very dark in the middle of the tunnel and you just had to trust that there was nothing nasty waiting for you!!

The tunnel itself is only 340m long and you can always see the light at the end of the tunnel, so while a little daunting it was achieveable and a little thrilling.  You can always ride around it if you are not up for it as the road loops around.

The tunnel itself is only 340m long and you can always see the light at the end of the tunnel.  So while a little daunting, it was achieveable and a little thrilling. You can always ride around it if you are not up for it as the road loops around.

Next stop was National Park Falls which was only another kilometre along the trail.  Spring is a great time to visit as there is plenty of water on the falls and the wildflowers are blooming.  Plenty of rock hopping for the boys too.

Next stop was National Park Falls which was only another kilometre along the trail. Spring is a great time to visit as there is plenty of water on the falls and the wildflowers are blooming. Plenty of rock hopping for the boys too.

At this point the boys were starting to wonder what was for lunch.  Lucky it was only another 800m or so to the John Forrest Wildflower Tavern.  It was great, the boys were able to feed the kangaroos that were lolling around.  We saw three joeys in their pouches too.  The birds were really friendly too.  We had a great pub lunch and really reasonable prices.

At this point the boys were starting to wonder what was for lunch. Lucky it was only another 800m or so to the John Forrest Wildflower Tavern. It was great, the boys were able to feed the kangaroos that were lolling around and we saw three joeys in their pouches. The birds were really friendly too. We had a great pub lunch, with really reasonable prices.

Next stop was Hovea Falls, again, this was not far along the trail.  I bet you are wondering what path I took across to this point??  OK, yes I did get my feet wet, doh!

Next stop was Hovea Falls, again, this was not far along the trail. I bet you are wondering what path I took across to this point?? OK, yes I did get my feet wet, doh!

On the return journey we let the boys have a bit of a splash in the rapids rambling past the Tavern grounds.  Water was still a little chilly and we found a few little leaches on one of the boys after they got out....eeewww.  Hate those suckers.

On the return journey we let the boys have a bit of a splash in the rapids rambling past the Tavern grounds. The water was still a little chilly and we found a few little leaches on one of the boys after they got out….eeewww. Hate those suckers.

Our little man learnt quite quickly to stand when Dad stands, sit when Dad sits, and laugh when Dad says pedal!  Time to go home.....what a wonderful day.

Our little man learnt quite quickly to stand when Dad stands, sit when Dad sits, and laugh when Dad says pedal!

Time to go home….what a wonderful day.