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After 3 1/2 weeks absence from my home and family we were joyfully reunited. Within 18 hours of me walking through the front door, my husband and I were donning our hiking gear and new camelbaks. We didn’t have a clear idea of where we wanted to walk but new that walking was definitely what we wanted to do (well to be honest there was a very weary traveller in me who wanted to sleep but nevermind). So, we dropped our children off at school where I was greeted enthusiastically by my daughter’s energetic male teacher who said “Oh hi, you’re back! How was Kuwait?” (read that in a strong Australian accent with lots of energy while bouncing around a little). Clearly my daughter had told him about my trip. But I digress, so we dropped off our children and just kept walking.
We followed Ginninderra Drive towards Dunlop, lured by the delightful prospect of ‘Dunlop Grasslands’. We talked and walked and talked some more, keeping up a fast pace as the kilometres dropped away. We find that these walks are essential for our relationship because they allow us uninterrupted talking and thinking time (although my boss does tend to call me when we are walking…). I think of it as ‘couple care’ time.
As we approached the Grassland we became nervous about snakes in the long grass, so we were relieved to find a style over the fence that led to a mown path that we followed as it meandered through the Grassland.
We walked to the top of Mount Rogers and then headed down to Ginninderra Drive again. We found that we still had time to spare and energy too so we added on a walk around Lake Ginninderra as well.
As we walked past more interesting street art we pondered what the message “Not street art” might mean. The sign allowing spray painting on this underpass said it allowed Graffiti, so perhaps the artist was offended by the terminology? I’m intrigued anyway and it lead to a discussion between us about what is the difference between graffiti and street art and what is a definition of art?
With a whopping 33km in 5 1/2 hours this was our longest walk yet and very enjoyable!