Local physician describes life ‘in the land down under’

Local physician describes life 'in the land down under'
Dr. Vicki Walker and her daughter, Alexa, shared with the Vermillion Rotary Club Tuesday their adventures last year in Australia.

The club held its regular weekly luncheon meeting in the Al Neuharth Media Center. An added bonus was a photo slide show presented by Dr. Walker as she described her family's experiences in the "land down under."

"This trip was really sort of a pipe dream," Dr. Walker said. Her husband, Lanny, and his family had spent a year in Australia in 1979. "It truly was a wonderful experience for us," she said.

The Walkers lived in a city of about 30,000 people located about "three hours west" of Melbourne.

This community catered to tourists, but also was surrounded by dairy and sheep farms.

Vegetation in the region included beautiful tree ferns. The area is also teeming with wildlife that isn't native to the United States, including koala bears, Tasmanian Devils, kangaroos, emus, platypus and silver crested cockatoos.

When Vicki wasn't busy treating patients and the Walkers kids weren't busy attending school, the family viewed mountains and beautiful water falls, went snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef, learned to surf and play cricket and lawn bowling, and took rides on everything from trains to camels.

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