While we were at Swansea we thought we'd go for a drive to Coles Bay with Mum and Chrish, as he hadn't been there since he was a kid. The East Coast is so beautiful.
, but Harri went really quiet and wouldn't talk. He refused to come over to the blow hole and just sat there and kept looking down. When I went over to ask him what was wrong he said that he kept thinking about Daddy because we came there last year, and felt really sad.
We had lunch at the playground where we spent some time last year. I clearly remember a photo I took with Aaron last year as we played together on the seesaw (and it was WAY too small for us to fit on comfortably!).
We were disappointed we didn't get to go to Coles Bay, so the day after we drove to Bicheno we rang the Freycinet National Park visitors centre and they told us the roads were now open. We were excited that we could go in and have a look around. I remembered how beautiful it was last year when we went, so was glad that Chrish also got to go while he is down as I know how much he loves touring around (we need a video here of Kobe moaning about the sun in his eyes! You would think it was killing him or something! :)
The first place we went to was the Cape Tourville lighthouse lookout.
go to Wineglass Bay with Eden and Steph, but it's so beautiful to see it from above as well. I knew Kobe would be a pain if we all went as he was feeling really tired, and when he's tired and cranky he's a misery guts.
Mum has a sore knee at the moment, so we knew that she wouldn't be able to make the walk to the lookout either, so we asked her how she felt about hanging at the carpark with Kobe and Harri (who wasn't keen to come either) while we 'quickly' went to the lookout. She was happy to hang out with the boys while we did the 45 minute hike up to the lookout and back, which was great (thanks Mum!).
Chrish at the Coles Bay Lookout.
I had considered doing the same and telling Chrish to keep going while I turned around as I felt like I was slowing him down a lot, but knew that it would be worth it once we got to the top. I realised how unfit I've become over the last 6 months or so as I haven't been going to the gym regularly and have been eating crap all the time. Once school goes back I plan on getting fit again (and hopefully losing some of the weight that I have put on since Aaron passed away).
The photo that I took of Kobe and Aaron on the saddle seat together last January is one of my favourite pictures of them ever.
There were heaps of tourists around but we were able to get up high enough to get a pic without anyone around. It was definitely worth the hike, and I'm glad we could go so Chrish could see it from above.
I wish we could've had a similar photo to the one we took last year instead. I really don't know where the year has gone. It's been the fastest year of my life, but with days that drag on forever.