The family of five spent their days exploring the mountains, the country pubs, and – of course – the gorgeous reservoir. He rode along the top of the 100-year-old weir on his small portable scooter. The kids spent hours by the pool, while he and his wife relaxed. The weather was beautiful, and the food was hearty.
In short, it was the quintessential Australian family holiday.
“Everyone needs to eat, so you can go everywhere,” Adam reflects on his working life. He’s done stints just about everywhere, cooking in just about every style.
His favourites are the flavours of the subcontinent and South East Asia, coconut curries and dals.
These days, he’s left the heat of the kitchen behind, and he works 30 hours a week at a childcare centre. He’s incrementally introducing the children there to the big, wide world of cuisine. He also helps them manage a modest veggie garden of cucumbers, zucchinis, spinach – all the usual suspects that kids would otherwise turn down.
His own kids are his passion. “Their dreams are my dreams,” he says.
Just like he did at their age, they throw themselves into sport. They don’t show any signs of wanting to pursue their own culinary odysseys, but Adam doesn’t mind.
Adam uses a walker and a portable Luggie scooter to get around. The walker is for day-to-day, and the scooter is for day trips and more ambitious expeditions. It lets him go 15km in a day, often outpacing his kids who can’t always keep up.
His scooter handles the terrain well – footpaths, grass, even sand – plus it’s easy to get into the car. He often goes to nearby Chelsea beach and surrounding parks.
The family likes to dodge the Melbourne winters, heading to Bali or Fiji. They once took a speedboat up the river, and saw villages up in the mountains. Adam says that in the future they’ll visit Queensland again, but he doesn’t seem too fussed about the specifics of the when and the where. He just knows it will happen.
“I’ve always liked to see how other people live. It’s like a shock to the mind, a good one,” he says.
To learn more about the scooter that helps Adam get around, visit Scooters Australia.
This feature first appeared in Travel Without Limits. You can subscribe here.