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Easter day trip

This Easter we were #blessed with a four day long weekend and amazing weather. As customary for most Sydneysiders (actually I don't think this is city-specific) it's an opportunity go up or down the coast... or out west to the Blue Mountains – what I'm trying to say is that we're all desperate to get out of the city and forget about the impending dread of returning to work. 

We set off in the morning, at around 9 (when we picked up Mel). Our first stop: Maccas. No road trip is complete without Maccas breakfast. Don't @ me. On the way to Bombo Quarry we stopped by Bulli Lookout. 

Our third destination was Bombo Quarry, which is just before Kiama when take Princes Motorway/A1. It's an abandoned quarry that now functions as a destination for people to take photos. The landscape looks almost alien – upright rocks juxtaposed with a flat plain on the other side. To get there, park in the carpark that overlooks the beach (I think it's off Panama Street...)

The quarry from the southern side of the inlet.

The quarry from the southern side of the inlet.

Action shot.

Action shot.

Straya

Straya

Waiting on Jane waiting on Mel.

Waiting on Jane waiting on Mel.

There were some cute doggos having fun 

There were some cute doggos having fun 

While those doggos were having fun, these fish were not. A wave or high tide must have brought them up, but they ended up getting stuck.

While those doggos were having fun, these fish were not. A wave or high tide must have brought them up, but they ended up getting stuck.

Time to start my new career as a paparazzo. 

Time to start my new career as a paparazzo. 

We had lunch near the carpark. Our view was pretty unbeatable. 

At lunch we decided to visit Hyams Beach since we were tracking well for time. 

We soundtracked the entire trip to a lot of early-mid noughties pop punk and emo (a surprised to precisely no one). 

We soundtracked the entire trip to a lot of early-mid noughties pop punk and emo (a surprised to precisely no one). 

Hyams Beach is known for its white sand. I can confirm that it was quite pale in the sunlight. 

Refer to above, where I say everyone has the same idea to get out of the city.

Refer to above, where I say everyone has the same idea to get out of the city.

It was a great day, until we had to return home. Google Maps told us we could save a significant amount of time by taking a route through Kangaroo Valley and surroundings. In most situations you can rely on Google Maps, but when you've got a three hour drive ahead of you, maybe don't take its word when the app wants you to go through mountains. We should have turned back when we saw the road sign which said 'scenic route'. It was lovely at first – the sun was setting and the sky was colours of the spectrum rarely seen. 

It was convenient that when the sun truly set, we had to drive up and down mountains, around hairpin turns every couple of metres, in the darkness with highbeam lights on. It was a little comforting to know that everyone on the same road as us was misled by Google Maps. Our frustrations were exacerbated by the urgency of our bladders. We came to a unanimous decision to disobey Google Maps and turn off on a road which would lead us straight back to Princes Motorway/A1, but that also took an eternity. As it was Easter Sunday, most places were closed so seeing lights on at a convenience store was like a beacon of hope. No such luck. On the road again, we spot a 7/11. They must have a toilet. NO TOILET. By this point I was visibly stressed, we all were. Maccas was apparently 400m away, so again, we got back in the car. I commend Maccas for their great marketing – catching all the people disappointed by 7/11 and redirecting traffic to them. Unfortunately for them, KFC was closer. I don't eat chicken, nor am I religious, but BLESS YOU KFC. 🙏

The post-KFC-stopover leg of the journey back was smooth sailing. We returned to wailing impassioned emo lyrics and eating chocolate eggs.