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This week my husband and I embarked on our longest day walk, 25km around Lake Burley Griffin. It was entirely flat so it’s not a huge undertaking but I had been fairly idle in the past couple of weeks so I certainly could feel it especially in my ITBs. We revelled in the opportunity to spend over 5 hours together in the moment, without distractions other than a bit of physical pain, reconnecting after my 16 day absence. We were fortunate to have calm weather and a gentle 11C. Below are a collection of photos taken as we walked around the circuit with different iconic views of the Australian capital city.
I constantly seek good quality conversation about meaningful topics, like what I blog about, and my husband is always an excellent conversational companion. Not only is he my intellectual equal, he reads widely and constantly brings new topics for discussion, he listens closely and is open minded but challenges me when I become too enamored with a new pet theory. At home we speak in short snatches punctuated by the demands of our children so we have both suffered and felt the loss of our friendship in the last 7 years, hiring babysitters from time to time just to get some uninterrupted time together. We have never been away from our children together overnight. This year we both have taken Wednesdays off work so that we can nature our friendship and have grand adventures together. This series of posts about walks offer a photographic record but our glowing minds carry the memories of the many hours of stimulating conversation we have enjoyed.
We have never walked around Lake Burley Griffin before or even visited the western foreshore so it was nice to be a tourist and see different vistas and lakeside parks. We walked across Scrivener Dam Wall and were thrilled to glimpse a giraffe gambolling in the zoo. It reminded both of us of the giraffes we watched at Kyoto Zoo from across the canal.
The smell coming from the cyanobacteria infestation of the shallows of the lake was often overpowering and we even fought fatigue to climb the hill at Regatta Point just to escape the persistent and nauseating smell. In the final 1km of the walk I felt quite ill and was very pleased to get into our car and drive away from the noxious gases.