April 11: Long cherished koala

Today, Mr. Hambidge kindly took us to look around Adelaide. After 30 minutes or so, we arrived the City of Adelaide, high buildings came in sight. The first settlement to Adelaide was in 1836. Adelaide is divided into two parts: the City and North Adelaide. Both of them are small but clean.
The streets of Adelaide are designed as a check pattern. He explained major sightseeing points in the City such as Central Post Office with an elegant clock tower, Victoria Square, and Rundle Mall. Then our car climbed up to Adelaide Hills.

We came up to Mt. Lofty Summit. Here we took simple lunch with recommended pumpkin soup. I was relieved to become warm by the soup.

View from Mt. Lofty Summit is spectacular by overlooking Adelaide streets. In the distance are the arms of the sea of the beach. Our West Lakes hotel is around there. I keenly felt the vastness of the open sky.
A shot with Mike on the background of Adelaide.

A short promenade taught us that there was a big fire 13 years ago because of cigarettes disposal by a thoughtless visitor. The summit building and nearby church were destroyed down to ash. Scorched black tree trunks tell the tragedy even today. A high watch tower stands today in the Lofty Summit square. The promenade was filled with pretty flowers of red and white in color.
Next stop was Cleland Wildlife Park. Now, I can see wild animals of Australia at last.
First, a kangaroo welcomed me. Mr. Mike bought feed for me and I tried to give it to the kangaroo. It licked the feed up with its tongue from my hand. It has a lovely face. The tail and thick back legs are ill matched with its relatively small body. I understood well that they balance the whole body.
Now, the time has come to meet a koala, this is koala house. Under the roof are some koalas, but they look like enjoy afternoon napping.
A ranger carefully protects the lovely animals. Close look taught me that actual koala is just like a stuffed koala (strange expression) with indescribable gentle eyes. The touch of the fur was unexpectedly coarse and stiff.
A koala has five fingers with sharp nails. Koala grasps gum tree's trunk firmly with two thumbs and sleeps more than 20 hours a day on the branch. When it is hot, koala turns over to reflect sunlight with its white fur on the chest, and when it is cold, koala stoops its black back to absorb the sun heat, they say.
The koala was too lovely to say good-bye.

After the guided tour by Mike, we went back to his house in which Dorothy was busily assembling her last items. The family of her daughter was there and I exchanged greeting with them. Dorothy kindly presented me a model of Aboriginal Boomerang as a souvenir. Mike and Dorothy start a long journey after tomorrow by this caravan car. Mike finally took us back to the hotel. Good-bye Mike, enjoy a nice new life, Bon Voyage!