03/14/2020 The pinnacle of life, Grampians National Park, Australia

We decided to take a walk into town after checking out of the hotel to see what crazy birds we could find. We saw dozens of cockatoos flying together and a bunch of the brightly colored crimson rosellas. It was really neat seeing (and listening to) all of them. Afterwards, we reached a pinnacle of our trip – in this case, Pinnacle Peak in Grampians National Park. It was an amazing day as we headed off early to hike the trail recommended by us from our dinner mates last night. The hike up to the highest peak in the park was well worth it as we saw some amazing views while trekking over the bare volcanic rock. A late lunch was eaten outside under some trees that were home to a flock of squawking cockatoos.

Our next big decision was to head to our next destination – which was yet to be determined. We arrived in Ballarat and decided to bed down there for the night. Next on the agenda was mass. The Sunday vigil mass was at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, which is a beautiful building in the heart of the city. The sun setting through the stained-glass windows added to the beauty of the service. There were some changes to our usual service related to the coronavirus, but it still felt familiar.

A soak for Kathy in an honest-to-goodness bathtub capped off a day full of highs. Enjoy the pictures!!

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