Off Soon to see the Wildflowers

@JudyEv (134814)
Bunbury, Australia
July 24, 2016 4:23am CST
We went to a 'meeting' this morning – six of us, three couples – who, in about ten days time are heading north to hopefully warmer weather and acres of wildflowers. We will take our bus/motor-home while the others have more conventional motor-homes. We decided on a date and time to leave and where we'll stay the first night. We will travel about 500 kilometres the first day. We'd like to get a fair way north quite quickly then take our time heading home again taking in the various displays of wildflowers as we go. What is interesting is the different way in which we're preparing for the trip. One friend is super-organised and has her and her husband's meals all planned and much of it frozen and ready to be packed. She has books on wildflowers, reptiles, mammals, native trees and anything else you can imagine. We met at this friend's house and had hot scones, chocolate slice and iced cake for morning tea. We think we might need another meeting if such a spread is going to be part of it! The other wife is more concerned with getting her roses pruned and her fruit trees sprayed before it is time to leave. And she needs to catch up with her grand-children before she goes. And as for us – we'll have meat, vegies and staples on board and a few tins in case we need them. But we haven't really planned what we'll take to the nth degree. We'll be going through plenty of small towns too if we run out of food. It promises to be an interesting trip. The photo is one of the many banksias that Western Australia is known for.
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@BelleStarr (39652)
• United States
24 Jul 16
It seems so strange to me that you head north to get to warmer weather but I guess that is what the southern hemisphere is all about!! Rather hard for us northern hemi folks to fathom. I hope you have a wonderful time. We are off north tomorrow as well to Quebec.
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@JudyEv (134814)
• Bunbury, Australia
24 Jul 16
WA is a big state and if you go north in the winter the temperatures are likely to be much warmer. We could do with a bit of sun and warmth. Hope you have a good time away too. We aren't going till 4 August.
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@TheHorse (72320)
• Walnut Creek, California
24 Jul 16
@JudyEv Let's see (counting on my fingers)...September, October...You're taking a "February" trip, right?
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@JudyEv (134814)
• Bunbury, Australia
25 Jul 16
@TheHorse Yes that's right. One of your 'February' trips.
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@MarymargII (10565)
• Toronto, Ontario
25 Jul 16
Never heard of banksia but it looks lovely! Sounds like a fun time and I love an adventure or any sort- I think the wildflowers will be so nice to see.
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@JudyEv (134814)
• Bunbury, Australia
25 Jul 16
Sometimes there are acres of one colour and/or variety. It should be a really nice trip.
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@MarymargII (10565)
• Toronto, Ontario
28 Jul 16
@JudyEv Hope you take some photos so you can share them here!
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@JudyEv (134814)
• Bunbury, Australia
28 Jul 16
@MarymargII I think we'll have photos coming out our ears! I'll be sure to share them here. :)
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@Jessicalynnt (47880)
• Centralia, Missouri
25 Jul 16
I would love to have tons of meals planned and prepped, but I am nowhere near that organized!
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@JudyEv (134814)
• Bunbury, Australia
25 Jul 16
I used to get uptight if I wasn't all prepared but I'm much more laid-back now. :)
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• Centralia, Missouri
27 Jul 16
@JudyEv I would have a list, of things to be done and food to pack, so guess I am middle road
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@JudyEv (134814)
• Bunbury, Australia
27 Jul 16
@Jessicalynnt That's about me too but I couldn't have all my meals ready in advance.
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@koopharper (6722)
• Canada
24 Jul 16
Very nice. I'm sure you'll have a great time. I like to plan but not to that level.
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@JudyEv (134814)
• Bunbury, Australia
24 Jul 16
I think it's possible to do too much planning. Nice to be a bit spontaneous I think.
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• Canada
24 Jul 16
@JudyEv Agreed. Rigid plans would cause me no end of stress when things went a little off the rails.
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@JudyEv (134814)
• Bunbury, Australia
25 Jul 16
@koopharper That's the thing isn't it? It's much easier I think if you're not too structured and can be flexible.
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@sofssu (14447)
25 Jul 16
That sounds like an adventure. I bet you will have a lot of fresh food available on route. Enjoy your trip and don't forget to send us the pictures
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@JudyEv (134814)
• Bunbury, Australia
25 Jul 16
I don't we'll have internet access but we'll be taking lots of photos. It should be fun.
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@sofssu (14447)
25 Jul 16
@JudyEv You can always share them with us when you come back.
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@JudyEv (134814)
• Bunbury, Australia
25 Jul 16
@sofssu I will look forward to doing that.
@velvet53 (17394)
• Palisade, Colorado
24 Jul 16
That sounds like a fun trip. You want warmer weather where I want cooler weather. I need a trip to the mountains. Have a great time.
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@JudyEv (134814)
• Bunbury, Australia
25 Jul 16
Thanks. My US friends keep forgetting it is winter here. I know many in the states are sweltering at the moment.
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@velvet53 (17394)
• Palisade, Colorado
25 Jul 16
@JudyEv Yes, I do forget that. Just have a great time.
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@JudyEv (134814)
• Bunbury, Australia
25 Jul 16
@velvet53 I'll try my best.
@DianneN (84977)
• United States
24 Jul 16
Having a motor home must be a different way of traveling. I for one enjoy eating meals out when we travel. To be honest, I haven't cooked a dinner since we had guests in the middle of May! LOL
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@JudyEv (134814)
• Bunbury, Australia
25 Jul 16
I was going to say it's nothing to brag about but I'd be bragging like mad if I were you! I have to cook every Tuesday (golf day) otherwise I'd probably beat your record. :)
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@DianneN (84977)
• United States
25 Jul 16
@JudyEv I know you have to cook on Tuesdays. Poor us!
@JudyEv (134814)
• Bunbury, Australia
25 Jul 16
@DianneN Some of us have a hard life don't we?
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@silvermist (20116)
• India
25 Jul 16
It seems I am looking forward to the trip as much as you are.Will want to know about the places you pass through.And then all those photos you will be posting when you are back. Have a nice trip.Enjoy!, The flowers in the photo are beautiful.
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@JudyEv (134814)
• Bunbury, Australia
25 Jul 16
Thanks for the good wishes. I will be taking more notes this time and trying to identify all the flowers I see.
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@silvermist (20116)
• India
31 Jul 16
@JudyEv That is good to know.You are going there truly prepared.
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@sueznewz2 (10141)
• Alicante, Spain
24 Jul 16
We all plan in different ways.... lol I was thinking if you got all that for morning coffee... just think what your friend might bring with her in the way of home baked goodies to share on the trip... lol's I hope you have a nice time... and find the warmth of the sun ...
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@JudyEv (134814)
• Bunbury, Australia
25 Jul 16
That's what I think will happen. Coffee breaks might be the highlight of each day. However I'm not sure she doesn't want to feed us all the way! It will be nice if we get to put on T-shirts again for a while.
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@sueznewz2 (10141)
• Alicante, Spain
25 Jul 16
@JudyEv I hope you do....
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@simone10 (21647)
• Louisville, Kentucky
24 Jul 16
It sounds like a lot of fun going with three other couples. I hope everyone is able to get everything done in the 10 days before the trip.
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@JudyEv (134814)
• Bunbury, Australia
24 Jul 16
There will be shops etc if we need to buy stuff. Our gardening friend is happy with the arrangements so that's good.
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@simone10 (21647)
• Louisville, Kentucky
27 Jul 16
@JudyEv That's good. I hope you all have a fun and exciting trip.
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@Inlemay (16875)
• South Africa
27 Jul 16
As with you - our country is filled with magnificent wilflowers too - I hope you enjoy your travels and bring lots of photos for us to see.
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@JudyEv (134814)
• Bunbury, Australia
27 Jul 16
The media is saying that the wildflowers are good this year. Some seasons are better than others.
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• Hangzhou, China
25 Jul 16
Hi Judy. It is well planned and I hope that you will enjoy your coming trip. It sounds interesting to me. Traveling all the way north in Australia, I am sure that you will have warmer weather as you are in the southern hemisphere, just opposite to that of our in the northern hemisphere. While traveling, you will have so much to see and share with us friends here. Have a good day.
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@JudyEv (134814)
• Bunbury, Australia
25 Jul 16
Thanks for the good wishes. Western Australia is such a big state we'll only be a little way north but it will be far enough to have some sunshine and warmth hopefully - and lots of wildflowers. I'll look forward to sharing photos when I get back. It is another week before we leave.
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@Juliaacv (33173)
• Canada
25 Jul 16
Planning a trip is fun, but it sounds like the one couple really micro-plans everything I guess we are all unique in that way. I'm sure that you'll enjoy yourselves.
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@JudyEv (134814)
• Bunbury, Australia
25 Jul 16
We have committed to 'going with the flow'. I'm sure we'll have a great time.
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• United States
24 Jul 16
oh how i'd love to tag 'long! i agree, that one gal's a master planner 'n what'n awesome hostess, to boot! i'm a planner, the hubs a fly by the seat'f his britches kinda fella...which's prolly why we rarely e'er went someplace together, lol.
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@JudyEv (134814)
• Bunbury, Australia
25 Jul 16
We're a bit in the middle as planning goes. I guess I plan more than Vince does but he is good on the mechanical stuff.
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@TheHorse (72320)
• Walnut Creek, California
24 Jul 16
Heh. I'm heading to NY this afternoon. I'll over-water my plants and bring a mandolin and a day pack with shorts, swimming trunks, and a couple of extra pairs of socks, etc. For some of my friends, they'd have to bring two bags for four days.
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@JudyEv (134814)
• Bunbury, Australia
25 Jul 16
That's the beauty of the bus. It is so big we can just keep chucking stuff in - just in case. There is a lot of 'just in cases' that we think we have covered!
@marguicha (101905)
• Chile
24 Jul 16
It sounds fun. As for me, now that I´m back to the winter, I only want spring to come again.
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@JudyEv (134814)
• Bunbury, Australia
25 Jul 16
We can spend our lives waiting for this season or that season can't we? Difficult not to wish for spring I'd say.
@teamfreak16 (41389)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
24 Jul 16
Sounds like a groovy trip. Have a great time!
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@JudyEv (134814)
• Bunbury, Australia
25 Jul 16
It should be fun. We've promised ourselves just to go with the flow. We don't really mind where we go or what we see but a couple of the others have quite definite goals.
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@JohnRoberts (62890)
• Los Angeles, California
24 Jul 16
Nice photo. Australia has so much to offer in exotic (to me anyway) animal and plant life.
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@JudyEv (134814)
• Bunbury, Australia
25 Jul 16
I guess every country has its unusual stuff. I thought I'd seen photos at least of many exotic animals then I discovered the South American ones that I'd never even heard of let alone seen photos.
• United States
24 Jul 16
And how are you planning for the trip?
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@JudyEv (134814)
• Bunbury, Australia
24 Jul 16
We plan a little bit. The bus will be checked carefully but foodwise we'll take some of this and that. We won't be planning out every meal that's for sure.
@Lucky15 (33698)
• Philippines
24 Jul 16
That.friend.of yours.ma"am. Wow..she has everything.ready
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@JudyEv (134814)
• Bunbury, Australia
24 Jul 16
Yes, she is very organised - and she loves cooking.
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