After our trip to Healesville Sanctuary, we drove about 40 minutes to the Dandenongs--a mountain range east of Melbourne. The drive was stunning, and I was itching to get out of the car and explore the area. Towering eucalyptus trees as far as the eye can see, and green ferns and undergrowth covering the forest floor.
We stopped to eat at Miss Marple's Tea Room. It's a quaint little place named after a well-known character in Agatha Christie's crime novels.
After our late lunch, we drove up the road to the National Rhododendron Gardens. This place was unreal. The trees, the flowers, the colors. We were all in awe, since it was my parents' first time visiting the gardens during autumn.
As I was trying to force everyone to take pictures, my dad suddenly yelled my name, "MARTHA! MARTHA! MARTHA!" Guess why?
A real, live one in the wild. I about died. And I chased it.
We walked around the gardens until it got dark, admiring vistas like this one (and me still secretly looking for the wombat):
I still can't quite get over how incredible nature is.
And the last view we saw before driving home:
Such an epic day deserved an epic ending. So, naturally we watched Meet the Mormons (Brandon's and my first time seeing it), and then we watched The Pink Panther Strikes Again (Peter Sellers version, obviously). It was so fun to laugh til it hurt with Brandon and my parents! I love them all so much. And I love Australia.