Monday, March 31, 2008

Mythbusters Goes Down Under

The Redin family just got back from a week-long trip to Western Australia where we did a little mythbusting. We entered Australia with quite a few expectations about what life Down Under is like; some were confirmed, others busted. In case you never make it to Australia to do your own mythbusting, here are a few our favorite discoveries:

#1 Kangaroos hop about freely in the Outback.
CONFIRMED. We took a day's drive up into the edge of the Outback, about 4 hours outside of Perth (the largest city in Western Australia). Our drive took us up along the coast and then inland a ways. Signs like ---> were common. But we weren't interested in seeing signs about kangaroos. We wanted to see actual kangaroos frolicking about in the bush. After all, we'd come a long way and felt those kangas practically owed us an appearance. Being the docile, accommodating creatures that they are, just after we began to complain aloud that kangaroos were a myth, four (two separate sightings of two) roos appeared, flashed us winsome smiles, waved (well, sort of) and then hopped back off to their happy, bush-dwelling lives.

In addition to kangaroos, we also spotted several wild emus, quokkas (stuffed animal sized kangaroo), and other various and sundry Australianesque animals. All in all, we were quite happy with our wildlife sightings. So, yes, folks. . . there really are kangaroos in Australia.

#2 The beaches in Australia are awesome.
Confirmed. We spent several afternoons enjoying the gorgeous white-sand beaches near Perth. The water was amazingly clear and colorful. We've seen quite a few beaches around the world, but those in Australia rank up there with the best of the best. And, we didn't even go to the beach-famous part of the Continent. We've heard it said that the beaches on the eastern side of the big island are even better.

#3 The Outback is full of delicious steakhouses.
BUSTED. Sorry, folks, Outback Steakhouse has you fooled. Not only are there no steakhouses in the Outback, there isn't anything (besides kangaroos. . . see above) else out there either! We drove for hours on end and stopped at the one and only restaurant (a little pizza shop) we could find in a tiny town in the middle of next-to-nowhere. We searched high and low in the Perth area for a good old fashioned, Australian-style bbq steak but we never found it. In fact, I did a bit of research on the Outback chain and it turns out they're headquartered in Florida! So, unless all those Australian steakhouses are hiding in other parts of the country, we're going to have call this one a myth!

#4 All Australians say "G'day, mate."
PLAUSIBLE. We can't say for sure that all Australians say it, but we can say for sure that we had several (and I mean several as in quite a few) greet us with this chipper hello. For some reason, Caleb seemed to be the popular target for this greeting, but that could be attributed to the fact that more people say hello to him anyway. So, go ahead. . . when doing your best Australian impersonation, throw a few of these in there for good measure.

#5 Australian Easter Bunnies lay eggs.
BUSTED. Okay, this isn't really a myth at all, but I had to figure out some way to get a few cute pictures up here of Caleb with the bunnies at a petting farm we visited in the Swan Valley. We happened to visit the petting farm Easter Sunday afternoon and, as suspected, not one of the bunnies laid an egg. We did see a few chicken eggs, however.


Christianne said...

those bunnies are SO CUTE! very fat and fluffy. exactly like i would hope an easter bunny to look.

this was a fun post. i enjoyed your commentary on busting or confirming myths. :)

and glad you guys got to experience australia! that is so cool!

S & C & C's Gram said...

Wonderful post! Glad to see that you had a great time. Such awesome memories.

Sorry about the steakhouse disappointment. When you are home at Christmas, we'll all go to Outback here! Remember last time we were there, our waitress was from Australia?

Bec, you look so good! Are you SURE you're 18 weeks pregnant?

Sharon said...

Looks like you had a fun time. Australia sounds like a great place to visit!! Take Care!

haititrip said...

what about the biggest myth of all... do the toilets flush backwards? (being that it is south of the equator...) :]

Rebecca said...

Christi, the bunnies were super cute which is precisely why I couldn't bear not to post the pictures. Didn't really have much to do with Australia, but sometimes a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do!

Mom, I do remember that waitress. If we get her next time, I'm going to ask her about whether or not steakhouses are popular in Australia, and if they are, where they are located.

Sharon, we did have a great time. I'm glad we were able to go while living here in SE Asia. . . it's too far from the US.

DV, toilets?? I guess I forgot to mention that they don't have toilets, or running water for that matter. Just kidding. . . that's Haiti!

Christianne said...

by the way, i came back to tell you that i love that picture of you with caleb in the ocean water. gorgeous girl, you are!!

S & C & C's Gram said...

ditto, Christi! She's radiant!

Oh, and Caleb's new shoes are cute. No more robeez?

Jessica said...

Sounds like a really fun trip! You're so creative with your mythbuster's! Enjoyed the pics, too =)

gee gee said...

Sure looks like you all had a great the pictures!!!nice to be able to see all that part of the world before you come back "home" !!!! miss you all

tenthstreetplace said...

How fun! Thanks for posting about your trip. I love Caleb's hat! ;)

kirsten said...

too, too cute!! i loved hearing about your trip through the eyes of "mythbusters". fun!!!

great pics & i want to get a hand (or both) on one of those cute bunnies.

sounds like a fun trip. looks like a blast!!