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Home, Carol Stream, IL, USA - 22nd May 2008

By: wildhuckleberry

I'm new to the TV World, but I am now ready to start visiting some places! I'm quite excited about it!

If you're wondering why my name is so funny, it is because I love numbers!!! I would like to learn Math, so if any of you are going to school - I would be more than happy to go to a Math class with you!

Yes, I have a few other life missions to accomplish, but I have my whole life to complete them! So, I can start easy.  :)

And since I'm the only one around here... I'm getting a little lonely and would love to make some friends from different places, and I hear I can go to other countries too!!!  That's gotta be cool.

So, you wanna be my guide for my first trip? ;)

* Posted May 22, 2008, 12:18 pm [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page

Carol Stream, IL, USA - 23rd May 2008

By: wildhuckleberry

I found out I'm going to Australia, and I'm really excited about it! This will be my first trip and one of my life missions!Yey!

sararingham will take me and care for me while I'm there! I can't wait to see what I see!!!!  :D

* Posted May 23, 2008, 12:14 pm [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page

In transit, USA - 27th May 2008

By: wildhuckleberry

I'm on my way to Australia!!!

I can't wait to see you sararingham!!!! :D

* Posted May 28, 2008, 8:59 am [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page

Orange, New South Wales, Australia - 5th June 2008

By: sararingham

Hello Mommy! I wanted to say I've arrived in Australia and I'm totally okay... it's amazing how short of a trip that took and I'm glad I had a lot of room in my padded travel bag... so it wasn't too bad and wasn't too rough...

Sara tells me were going to Bathurst tomorrow, so I'll get to see the famous Mount Panorama race track maybe... so a busy day tomorrow but we'll see what we can see! :-)

I'll update later with some pictures of me! Miss you!

* Posted Jun 5, 2008, 5:00 am Last edited Jun 5, 2008, 5:01 am by sararingham [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page

Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia - 8th June 2008

By: sararingham

Wow, today was a big day! We had to do some errands in Bathurst which included some mystery shopping and well, some other boring stuff... but we got to do some fun stuff, and I even got to see some interesting sights...

First thing we had to load up in the car, Sara decided to show myself and my mentor what Orange looks like, and the outskirts of Orange on the way to Bathurst. So lots of photos were taken of the road... this tells you how dry this area really is and how much we really need rain.


As you can see it's mostly dry, mostly farm land and quite a few hills... although it isn't too much...


Shortly out of Orange you see a very small town, what you see is what it is... literally... a one street town. If you look to both sides of the road you can see some strange looking objects sticking out of the ground. A bit of background information... Lucknow used to be called "Luckno" because people came here to mine gold, and after a long long time they found nothing - so hence why they named the town Luckno, the one day, someone came in and found some gold in the mines where people weren't looking before, so the town was renamed to Lucknow. Kind of funny, but they're abandoned mine shafts obviously as just a reminder to the past of the Central West.

Now back on the road to Bathurst...


...as you can see, as Australia is very known and famous for, eucalyptus trees, and red dirt... there is a lot of red dirt in Sara's area, and especially a bit farther East in a town called Dubbo (which is 6 hours drive from Sydney) and that's more "outback" like... very desolate, dry, and very HOT!


...finally... after 45 or so minutes we are now entering Bathurst... this is what the town looks like...


...not much... first stop was a few pet stores... we couldn't go in nor could photos be taken, but Sara and Daniel are looking for a little puppy to bring home and she's been showing us some of her options. The puppies she's thinking about are so cute! Then afterwards we did the mystery shop, of course we stayed in the car and took a bit of a nap because it wasn't that interesting for us toyvoyagers...

...but then the fun started... we stopped at a park called McCattie Park in the middle of Bathurst.... here we are in a really weird tree near the entrance of the park...


...and in the middle of the park was a huge duck pond...


there were lots of people were out feeding the ducks, and we had a close encounter, one of the ducks popped up looking for food. When they realised we weren't food they went back into the water.. we saw some pretty interesting ducks...


...some black swans, how weird is that? I guess they're native to Australia. Sara said she never saw any black swans before coming down the first time either, and she says she's never seen them besides in this exact park. Strange!


...next stop was this weird little abandoned fountain, it was kind of cool looking so we stopped for a little bit of shade... don't we look comfortable?...

...and last but not least in McCattie Park we got to stop and see a huge statue...


...this statue is to commemorate the discovery of the Bathurst Plains and "opening of the West" in 1813. This is a very interesting and well crafted statue if I do say so myself...

Next part of this trip was SO much fun, I couldn't even imagine I'd ever have this opportunity in my life... Sara took me out to the outskirts of Bathurst where it's common to see some wild life, and what did we see?...


...we didn't get too close, and because they were being so cautious we had to watch from a distance and Sara couldn't put us in the photos as we'd be a blur because of the zoom in distance that Sara had to do... as you can see in the photos the kangaroos are very curious of us... but yet, in some of the photos there's someone standing behind the kangaroos... not even noticing them standing there...

Sara says that sadly they're trying to build up that area of the grasslands between Bathurst and Blayney so the kangaroos might be in a bit of trouble! :-( I hope not! They were so awesome!

...and it fits well, on the way towards our next trip, we got to see this sign... how fitting...


...and now were going to visit Bathurst most famous area... Mount Panorama... it's a very famous race track within Australia and even in other countries it's displayed on TV every October... it's open to the public to drive on at anytime so we got a chance... so we got to first learn a bit about it...


...as you can see this is me posing in front of the sign, how exciting is this going to be?...


...and here's a bit of information about the track...

...and here we go... there's the starting gate..


...and here's what the track looks like as were traveling along it... it was so much fun!


...as you can see it's a big track, and around half way through the speed was a bit much so we rocked around a little bit but it was so much fun! Some of those turns are crazy and it's amazing to think some of the people go around those corners at 200+ kilometers an hour... crazy!

...and this is the sign as your exiting the track... and back onto the road... time to go home! It's been a very busy day!


...on the way home it looked really stormy out so Sara got a nice photo of the sun coming through a really dark cloud... isn't this a pretty shot?


...well when we got home I pretty much crashed I was so tired... and the 8th is Sara's sons birthday so that's going to be fun! I'll update again soon! Talk soon!

* Posted Jun 7, 2008, 6:59 pm Last edited Jun 7, 2008, 7:03 pm by sararingham [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page

Canowindra, New South Wales, Australia - 12th June 2008

By: sararingham

Today was a very special day, today was the day Sara was getting a puppy, so we all tagged along, we couldn't sadly go into the area with the puppies as we all probably would have been played with way too roughly, there were 2 females and 4 males to choose from and we even got to meet the parents. They're so cute...

We drove all the way to Canowindra, which is about an hours drive from where Sara lives, on a HUGE farm... sadly I didn't get any photos there - but I did get a photo of the puppy Sara picked out... introducing Anni... she's an 8 week old beagle puppy...


As you can see she's very adorable, but she's very playful as well - when she saw me, she saw me as a dog toy so Sara had to be quick and had to keep commanding her to sit and stay but obviously that wasn't working so Sara snapped the photo quickly while she was watching me... she didn't hurt me, but she sure loves to play. :-)

* Posted Jun 14, 2008, 12:31 pm [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page

Dubbo, New South Wales, Australia - 20th June 2008

By: sararingham

Hello! Sorry I haven't updated in so long, the weather has been miserable so sadly we haven't gotten to go out much yet... although recently we took a trip to Dubbo... although because it was raining we didn't get to see anything, but it's way more "outback" than Orange... and the dirt is a LOT more red, which Sara says means there's lots and lots of iron in the dirt...

It was a very long drive of around 2 or so hours, so there wasn't much to see sadly we just listened to some music, and then we entered Dubbo.... finally!...


...we had a few things to do in Dubbo which included some mystery shops, so we got that done and because it was raining so much we decided that sadly we couldn't do much else...


...so then we headed back home!... :-/


Thankfully Sara says though because it's been a bit more sunny lately we plan on taking that trip up to Mount Canobolas. Another thing she says stopping her is the price of petrol on top of being extremely broke the last few weeks but she says I'll definitely be able to see more before continuing on my journey. I promise I'll update again soon! <3

* Posted Jul 3, 2008, 9:31 am [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page

Orange, New South Wales, Australia - 4th July 2008

By: sararingham

Today we got to meet a new toyvoyager Percy his mentor lives in Okinawa, Japan, but is an American as she lives there because her husband is in the military - Percy had a lot of interesting stories to tell us, he had just come from Germany so that was pretty interesting to hear about... I hope I get to travel that much!...


Besides that today was pretty exciting (at least for Sara anyways) for MONTHS she's been trying to finish up her bedroom and today we all got a chance to help her finish it... it was just a day at home today - her first day at home in days so it was a... well, kind of relaxing day - there was a lot to get done while Andrew was at daycare...


...and we all after finishing Sara fix up the room collapsed on the brand new shag rug they put in - it's a lot brighter than it looks in the picture (just like the bedroom picture) but it matches and looks really good in real life... :-) We all had a bit of a nap on the rug before moving on...


...once we came out of the bedroom Sara noticed someone fly over our head... she looked up and thought it was one of her quails, instead it was one of the gouldian finches. Mr Colors had recently met Percy and obviously didn't get a good enough hello, so he came out and greeted all of us, to our surprise.


* Posted Jul 4, 2008, 9:44 am [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page

Mount Canobolas, New South Wales, Australia - 11th July 2008

By: sararingham

I wasn't quite sure where we were going today. It was quite unexpected even for Sara... but we packed up the car and took a little bit of a drive...

After a bit of the drive it because really woodsy, there was a lot of eucalyptus trees, and the road started to get really slippery... it's amazing the temperature change too, pretty shocking...

...and then we got there - well, not really got there as we never quite made it to the summit... but we got close... a whole 2 kilometres away, but Sara took us to see what she could without having to walk 2 kilometres in the freezing weather...

...as you can see it had snowed up there, this is only a little bit of the snow... but the summit of the mountain was covered in snow... Sara didn't think there would still be snow as on the lower ground there was no more left... but there was so we got a photo with it. Who knew it snowed in Australia?

I guess it's not that common because there was a LOT of cars parked where we were, people had come from all over New South Wales to see the snow at the top of the mountain. It doesn't snow as often as it used to, so it was quite amazing to see...

As you can see with the whiteness of the trees that's all snow on them... and on the ground... it was REALLY cold... and to top it all off it was snowing from the trees onto us and the wind was blowing really hard as well... brrrrr!

This is a picture after we ran back into the car, that shows how much snow was coming off of the trees... it's weird that it's snowing in July, how backwards is that?

...we got to stop on the way back down the mountain though and see a bit of what we would have seen at the top... here are me with the mountains surrounding where I was standing... it's an entire mountain range the tallest one in the photo is called 'Little Mount Canobolas'.

...and then we got to see what was behind me in that last picture, an idea of what it would have looked like at the top of the mountain... this is a higher view of Orange... at the top of Mount Canobolas on a clear day you can see very very far. Especially since Mount Canobolas is the highest point until somewhere in South Australia on the Perth side of the country. Crazy isn't it?

...but that's not all we did... wait for the next update. :-)

* Posted Jul 11, 2008, 10:42 am [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page

Lake Canobolas, New South Wales, Australia - 11th July 2008

By: sararingham

...next stop was Lake Canobolas, only a short distance away... when we got there we were the only ones there... because of the recent rain (which we've really REALLY needed) the lake was overflowing over the dam wall... looks cool doesn't it?

....and then we got to pose in front of the lake, it looks quite cold doesn't it?...

...here's some more photos of the lake... isn't it big?...

...and just as we were about to leave, a huge bird, Sara says it's called a magpie came to us to pay us a visit. Obviously he didn't feel safe enough to come closer to us, but it was still cool, he's quite big!

...well I'll update again soon! With the recent freezing temperatures I wouldn't be surprised if we'd get a bit more snow in the lower lands. I hope so, maybe we can make a snowman this time! A snowman in July, haha the thought of that is so funny isn't it?

* Posted Jul 11, 2008, 11:05 am [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page

Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia - 14th July 2008

By: sararingham

Well Sara took us on another trip to Bathurst, and we all got to see some kangaroos again, this time it was a much closer shot than before... it was pretty awesome. Since the kangaroos were much calmer than last time Sara tried to get us in the shot but it wasn't possible with how far zoomed she was, we would have just been a blur so we just sat back and watched... :-)

Seeing the kangaroos seriously has to be the best part of coming to Australia! I'm glad I've been able to see that! <3

...this was pretty close to the fence line maybe 15 feet from where Sara and us were standing... how crazy is that?...

...whoops... I guess we got too close, she didn't feel that comfortable obviously...

...just as Sara saw the last kangaroo bounce off, she saw around 5-6 others pop out of the long grass and have a look at us...
...you see the joey in the pouch? See how the dad is so much bigger than the mom? He's bending over and he's almost as tall as her, crazy!

...and here's the baby and the mom again with another kangaroo they're very interested in what I was doing... Sara actually made a few loud noises to get them to look up at her. They seemed to be getting pretty comfortable with her around...

...and here's the last photo of the kangaroos and the baby... aren't they just the cutest? :-) I'm so glad I got to see some real wildlife in Australia! :-) It's been so much fun! <3

* Posted Jul 17, 2008, 2:55 pm [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page

Molong, New South Wales, Australia - 15th July 2008

By: sararingham

Today we took another road trip... although not as long... we went to Molong. Molong is a town around 30 minutes drive from Orange towards Dubbo, but obviously not as far. It was another mystery shop... and sadly enough, Molong is pretty small, one street town, so there's not really much to see... so Sara just got a shot of us on the main street. :-)


Molong is a town with just over 2,000 people. So very small... we even saw a horse riding through the main street... people seemed to know each others name... it was pretty crazy! lol Sara said that Molong is a historic town with all the buildings in the picture all all original even if they've been changed a little bit they're all very very old... Molong was the site of the first copper mine in Australia... so that's pretty interesting. But not much to see sadly... :-)

* Posted Jul 17, 2008, 3:17 pm [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page

Orange, New South Wales, Australia - 17th July 2008

By: sararingham

Well... after a busy week we got a new visitor, this guy is called Misko and he's all the way from Slovenia... he's very new to the travel scene like we all seem to be (besides Fluffy of course... so we told him all about our travels so far and what we've seen, I think it impressed him a bit... this is going to be heaps of fun!


...I just know that understanding him is a bit hard since he only knows limited English at the moment, but I'm sure we can teach him a bit of English as well as maybe a few other languages... :-) It's going to be great...

Sara let us know that we'll be traveling to Parramatta on Monday morning. It's going to be a busy day, and she doesn't think we'll be able to see the famous parts of Sydney like the harbor, the bridge and the opera house but she'll do her best to let us see that. As I know she wants to see it herself. Anyways, we'll at least say we've been in Sydney anyway... :-) Better get a restful weekend it's going to be a big day on Monday!

Write again soon! <3

* Posted Jul 17, 2008, 3:34 pm [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page

Orange, New South Wales, Australia - 19th July 2008

By: sararingham

Just a quick update. Sara went to take the dog out and saw a nice full moon right above her. So she ran in (barefoot and all) back into the house grabbed me and the camera and got a shot.... :-)


...it's not the best shot, as it's so dark it's hard to see me but it was a break in the clouds. The little smear next to the moon is a really bright star... you can see heaps of stars usually but it's pretty cloudy outside...

Sara would get a picture of me and the famous southern cross (which is the stars on the Australian flag) but she knows that wouldn't show up as clearly as she would have liked it to. :-) Anyways, I've achieved another of my life missions, how cool is that?!

* Posted Jul 18, 2008, 3:42 pm [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page

Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia - 21st July 2008

By: sararingham

We had to take a trip today, on the way there we of course had to pass through Bathurst. Some of us had been there - some of us - not quite yet. But I'm sure will make a trip there again soon to see more of the sights, but we were on a tight schedule and were already an hour or so late. Whoops!

Here's us on the road to Bathurst, as you can tell it's very rainy and cloudy, and the windscreen is foggy. No matter what Sara and Daniel did it didn't help it, it's crazy sometimes how foggy the windscreen of their car gets (from what they were saying anyways)...

Well, now we're in Bathurst, but it's only a pass through - no time for breakfast - onto the next stop... I think this time we might be stopping for a bite to eat... :-)

* Posted Jul 23, 2008, 3:57 pm [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page

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