The past two Sundays I’ve woken up just wanting to take a breather…in other words, get into the countryside and woods a bit. Kiana C. (the 14 year old HOPE61 volunteer/apprentice, not the Bongers’s 8 year old daughter) has been my adventure buddy both times, and Josie too, the first time. Last week after church, Kiana, Josie, and I spent some time at the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie because Josie and I can’t seem to stay away from that place. We also visited Yering Station winery/Chateau Yering.
And this most recent Sunday Kiana and I went adventuring alone, since Josie was preoccupied. Our plan to visit and take some pictures at four Yarra Valley wineries fell through a bit when we realized the last three closed at 4 PM and not 5 PM. After visiting De Bortoli, which is a popular and beautiful place even in winter before the vines have any sign of life, we had lunch at the picnic tables there. The grounds are well kept and beautiful. There was even a friendly dog who laid down by our picnic table and just hung out while we ate.
Since we missed the other wineries, we drove around the general Yellingbo area. It’s forest and low hanging trees and really gorgeous Australian bush. We tried to visit a park but it was closed; Kiana indulged my weirdness and we stopped to visit a cemetery. It was one of the most creative, well-humored set of plots I’ve ever seen. From gnomes to rhymes to pebbles and flowers, those laid to rest in this spot clearly had a sense of happiness and good humor. Or else their families did.
We decided to head back to the suburbs since Kiana had some studying to do, but decided to focus on one location next time. Maybe a park? Time will tell!