Canberra -> Sydney (and two rain outs)

Canberra to Sydney promised to be the shortest driving day for me and I was looking forward to starting late, moving slow, visiting my favourite hippy and finishing off with more baseball.  I did start late and visit my favourite hippy, but did not get to go slow and as it turned out, there was no baseball either. As a result of spending rather too much time with my hippy, I had to skip the following things that I’m probably going to go back and visit because missing them made me so, so sad. Continue reading

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ABL Roadtrip Games 4 and 5 – Brisbane Bandits @ Canberra Cavalry, 8&9 January 2015

So simple and engaging. I wonder what our political advertising will look like 100 years from now? If the messages will be just as easily decoded?

So simple and engaging. I wonder what our political advertising will look like 100 years from now? If the messages will be just as easily decoded?

The first thing I recommend doing upon arriving in Canberra is tweeting “Canberra, I am in you” or some variation thereof. The various Canberran attractions are very keen to entice you in their direction.

So after a morning spent roaming the Keepsakes exhibition and admiring the war propaganda posters (esp. Lindsay’s Quick!) I ventured off to meet Teri (whose entire family are Cavalry-involved in some form or another) and see Game 1 of Brisbane Bandits @ Canberra Cavalry. Continue reading

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Melbourne -> Canberra (803km via Echuca)

Australia had a raft of gold rushes in 1851 and then throughout the rest of the early 1850s. As I understand it, gold had been discovered earlier in the colony’s history, but kept hush-hush. When that policy changed, we got gold rushes. Crazy, mad, wonderful, awful gold rushes. In a lot of ways, my romantic sense of Outback Australia is shaped just as surely by the greed, desperation, poverty, thirst, ingenuity and humanity of the gold rushes* as it is by the rhythms of Banjo Paterson.**

Where shall I go for lunch???  Oh, you're not actually open, despite being on the board here.

Where shall I go for lunch??? Oh, you’re not actually open, despite being on the board here.

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ABL Roadtrip Game #3 – Canberra Cavalry @ Melbourne Aces, 4 January 2015

My finger-painted feelings about driving though the inner-suburbs of Melbourne

My finger-painted feelings about driving though the inner-suburbs of Melbourne

I was super-excited to head out to Melbourne Ballpark and see a game.

I was not super-excited to navigate my way through the inner suburbs of Melbourne to find Ms L’s place, but surprisingly managed to pull it off.  It was after this trip that I finally gave in to Google’s intrusive need to know everything about my life in order to have a voice telling me where to go, rather than having to pull over and consult the map.

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ABL Roadtrip Game #2 – Sydney Blue Sox at Adelaide Bite, 02 January 2015

It. Was. Hot. In Adelaide.

A hot day in Adelaide means barefoot visits for mound maintenance.  How can you not love summer in Australia?

A hot day in Adelaide means barefoot visits for mound maintenance. How can you not love summer in Australia?

The box score says it was 42 degrees at first pitch, but I know the RealFeel had it under-40.  My potential co-attendees did a lap of the garden while getting the laundry in during the late-afternoon to decide if they could handle the heat and came in with the verdict of ‘madness’. And so I wandered off to the baseball on my lonesome, as is so often my wont.

Make sure to bring your camping chairs.  Standing room at Norwood is expansive, tiered and a great spot from which to watch the game.

Make sure to bring your camping chairs. Standing room at Norwood is expansive, tiered and a great spot from which to watch the game.

I actually loved Coopers Stadium/Norwood Oval.  It looks a little homemade, with the foul poles tied to the edge of the stadium seating and the shade-structures-for-dugouts, but it definitely has its own brand of charm.  And the crowd really were fantastic. Supportive and cheerful and friendly and loud.  The night I went, we had a lot of Cyndi Lauper over the PA. And people actually did the BA-BA-BA for ‘Sweet Caroline’, but I was all on my own for ‘SO GOOD! SO GOOD! SO GOOD!’

If I were good at throwing things, I could probably hurt someone badly with a jaffa at this distance.  The smoke in the background is the Sampson Flats fire, which just got bigger and bigger and bigger over the next few days

If I were good at throwing things, I could probably hurt someone badly with a jaffa at this distance. The smoke in the background is the Sampson Flats fire, which just got bigger and bigger and bigger over the next few days

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Roadtrip Game #1 – Melbourne Aces at Perth Heat, 27 December 2014

Entrance to Barbagallo Ballpark

Pow! Straight in the happy brain chemicals!

The roadtrip began, as any good roadtrip does, with a bit of a farewell tour of my home ground. Even if I were planning to come back directly to Perth from Brisbane, the season would be over before I could made it back into town.  Thus – Melbourne Aces at Perth Heat counts as Roadtrip Game #1, regardless of the fact that I only ‘roadtripped’ 15 minutes to the stadium. Continue reading

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