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Day 7 Trek

Monday, April 08, 2013

Well today being Sunday for me I allowed myself to sleep most of the day and get rested up for next week. That being said I did walk 1,130 steps today. That is a slow day for me. I just couldn't wake up. I feel so much better for it though. I can't wait to start going tomorrow and see everything there is to see.

See you on the flip side.

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EMMABE1 4/8/2013 3:24AM

    Sounds good - you have a hard week ahead!!


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CANDEE412 4/8/2013 3:14AM

    Today will be a better day

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Day 6 of my trek

Sunday, April 07, 2013

What a fun day it was today. I went to Rottnest Island. The Quokkas are so cute. I just couldn't get over that they are the size of cats! They were so friendly and we were able to get quite close. I didn't feed them because I didn't want them to get sick. They get their water from the plants that they eat during the summer. One of the plants they eat is called Pigface!

I was able to bring my scooter and get around all over the island. The birds there are just plentiful and very colorful. It was wonderful to see them flying all over. Some of them are like arial acrobats! The nests were easy to spot and some of them were extremely big. Others very small.

There are only 22 different reptiles and amphibians on the island whereas there are over 90 different species in the Perth area alone. Some of them are the Moaning Frog, several legless lizards and even a rare blind snake. I'm very glad that I didn't run into the snakes. Whereas I am not scared of snakes one of them is very poisonous.

The plants and flowers on the island are so pretty. There are several that are found only in WA (Western Australia) and on the island whereas the Rottnest Daisy is grown world round as an ornamental plant. That particular plant is actually related to the carrot. I'm not sure I'd eat it though. It's not that much like a carrot. Between the Wind, Sand, Salt and the grazing of the Quokkas, not to mention natural fires and "wood collecting" by men the biodiversity of the plant life has suffered. The Rottnest Island Authority is actually working on "re-greening" the island with plants that were native there a long time ago.

The Marine life around the island is large and diverse with over 400 different tropical fish species! The extensive sea grass meadows as well as over 20 different types of corals there are a lot of housing for all those fish. There are also Nudibranchs which are a type of sea slug and can be quite colorful as well. The Marine Reserve has huge areas saved for the different areas with over 9 different types of sea grass. There are several different crabs but the best known crustaceans is the Rock Lobsters! Those are caught and flown all over the world but mostly to the USA and Japan for eating. Of course those around the island are protected but the ones on the coast of Australia are harvested. All shells are protected and one is not allowed to collect them in any form. There is also whale watching from the land as the Humpbacks pass right by on their migratory route.

There are several tours and walks one can take to see all the different types of areas as well as chartered dives. There is also golf, museums and galleries as well as cafes and bars. For education at Rottnest there's everything from self guided tours to professional learning courses. It seems that there is something for everyone there.

Even though I had my scooter I also walked 1,118 steps! I'm quite proud of myself. I forgot to use my pedometer until the late afternoon so I know I have more but that's all I can prove. lol

I'm very ready for bed with all that fresh salt air. Why is it that one gets so tired when one is at the ocean? Maybe it's because there's no smog to have to breath through so your body is overcome with oxygen? lol Well with that I bid everyone adieu. It is time for sleep.

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Rottnest is very special and well worth seeing.
OK - now its on to week 2 - have fun -= you are doing well

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Day 5 of my Trek

Friday, April 05, 2013

Ah, it was lovely to have a nice slow day today. I really loved the Swan Bell Tower. Those bells are really amazing and to think they are "Royal Bells" and came all the way from St Martins-in-the-Fields! It was interesting to learn that they were given for the Bicentennial. I didn't know though that Australia had to give the amount of Tin and Copper so the new bells could be made to get these. Interesting trade. The sound is just lovely and to think about the time to make them is just mind boggling. The ringers must be in great shape in order to ring those bells. I was able to learn that it is best to be able to ring them in order with exactly the same timing between the "peals". Also there are some that do "triplets" within the ringing. The views of the bells as well as looking out upon the city was breathtaking. I didn't know about all the bells in England. Being from America we don't have a lot of bells in our churches and it was interesting to find a site that had 10 or more different bells from the churches in London and the surrounding areas. They all had different tones and pitches.

After that going around the Perth Mint was lovely as well. I wonder if I got some gold dust on me when we watched the pouring. lol Being a stamp collector I am familiar with coin collecting as well. The details on the collections there were fun to see and the way they are displayed is very different than stamps. I have a friend who is a Numismatist. He works for an auction company and authenticates the coins that are being auctioned. I loved the displays and all the details in displaying the bars. It was really fascinating to learn how they pour the gold to make the bars and coins.

Well it was great to get back and rest up. Over the weekend I might take in a movie or something. I am looking forward to the rest of our trek.

Today I only did about 1600 steps. I figure that I'll get plenty over the next few weeks anyway.

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SEAWILLOW 4/5/2013 6:58AM

    Great!

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EMMABE1 4/5/2013 5:01AM

    Another very good blog - a pleasure to read - believe me those bells are really heavy to swing!!
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Day 4 of my Trek

Thursday, April 04, 2013

Oh WOW! Just when I think this can't get better! The Ocean was so blue and inviting looking. It's much clearer than the beaches in California. Ours are all full of sand so you can't see anything! One always wonders what is underneath you! lol

The Emu was interesting to see that close. I've never been so close to one. Their feathers look more like fur on a feather shaft and their legs were very sturdy looking. I wonder what the skin on their legs feels like. I'm not sure though that I'd really want to get that close to one to find out! lol I loved studying how they walk. It looks like something out of the Star Wars movie when they move. I'm pretty sure they used them for some of the models. lol

Pinnacles Desert at the Nambung National Park was really cool! I've been to Arches National Park in the USA and it reminded me kind of like that. At Pinnacles there were, well these Pinnacles and everything was yellow. I believe it's because of the minerals in the soil and everything around. At Arches there are well, these Arches everywhere. There everything is mostly red. lol So it is really interesting to see what nature can produce all on its own. To think that it takes so long to produce one Pinnacle or one Arch and all without the help of Man. One of the huge things that fascinates me about Pinnacle is that it is Limestone. Limestone is a very soft "stone". It really isn't a true stone at all. It is actually Lime and Calcium from ancient sea shells that are held together by other minerals which is why it is so easy to destroy. One can actually break it with just your hands. At Arches it is true stone and was created by water and glaciers carving the actual stone. Pinnacle though was just amazing. To see all of the pinnacles sticking up out of the ground looked kind of like a giants child was playing with some sticks and forgot to pick them up and put them away.

The walk to Lake Thetis was very interesting. All the little lizards and wildlife in such a desolate area is like a desert. You just have to know where to look. Water rules everything. Going to or away from water is how life out there is run. The change in the scenery was truly stunning to watch. Arriving at the lake it looked like weird looking reefs. The fact that all this was made from Cynobacteria was fascinating and quite amazing. Did you know that our atmosphere today was mostly made out of Cyobacteria photosynthesizing way back in the Archean and Protoazoa Eras? I had no idea. I found it very interesting that we are able to breath all due to bacteria!

http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/bacteria/or
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I am very glad that I hired the scooter so I could take the longer trek. I love being outside and in nature. The flora and fauna did not disappoint! The plants are just so different from where I'm from. It is really interesting to see all the different adaptations plants make just to survive. I wonder if the plants have any special adaptations due to the stromatolites being so close. Is the oxygen at a higher level or more easily accessible because of them? I really don't know but it was an interesting question.

Today I only did 1,951 steps but when I got back to my room I did my PT and that took me about a hour. So I still got a good work out in. Also since I did so much the last two days it was good to have a slow day step wise. I can't wait until tomorrow to see what else I get to learn about!

Well this tired trekker is going to sleep. I'll see everyone in the morning.

Patty

  
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PLANTAGO 4/4/2013 5:27PM

    This is so cool. I googled the Pinnacles Desert and it truly looks amazing. What a great trip you are having. Now I need to read more about those Cyobacteria.

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SEAWILLOW 4/4/2013 8:44AM

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EMMABE1 4/4/2013 1:46AM

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Really great Patty - I keep wondering if someone stumbling across one of these blogs will think we are very strange!!
I think its exactly right though and look forward to tomorrow's edition

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I have to say Some people suck!

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

This afternoon my daughter and I came out to my truck to find a small wet spot on the ground by the back driver tire. I pulled out a bit and went back to look at it closer. In it was a bolt. So I drove straight to the dealership to see if the bolt belonged to me. Well one brave salesman looked under and said "did you know you have a pencil in your gas tank?". Of all the things for him to say that was not what I was ready to hear.

Yes, in less than a month I have had my gas tank drilled. This time it was a smaller hole and they plugged it with a No. 2 pencil. I have to say they are getting more creative. I would never have thought to use a No. 2 pencil like that. This time there is a 1/2 tank of gas left at least and it is not drained. I have requested that the dealership save the gas so we can put it back into the new tank if AAA will allow for a second claim.

So I'll have another rental for a while. Since it is a 2001 truck they don't make that tank any more. I was lucky the last time and they were able to find one. I just hope they can find another one!

Some people just suck!

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SNOWTGRR 4/3/2013 4:14PM

    We have no ide who is doing this. But here are our ideas so far. What do you think?

1. Have two speakers drop down when the alarm hears something under the truck and blare Bagpipe music to scare them.

2. Have a false tank surround the real one and fill it with "black water" so they get that instead of our gas.

3. Have a taser system that shoots them once the alarm "hears" them under the truck. Of course this one might explode the gas. Ooops.

4. Have cameras linked up to a TV in our house and we wait and watch. Once we see them we go out with Bo's and Staff's and beat them to a pulp.

Any other ideas?

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BLONDEE53 4/3/2013 7:13AM

    OH no! I am so sorry this has happened to you...and twice! that adds insult to injury! The world is full of evil...and this type thing is one of many that happens daily.
I pray the conviction of the Holy Spirit on those doing the harm to others...and for a speedy resolution to this new problem.
Hugs~
Bren

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SEAWILLOW 4/3/2013 7:12AM

    Do you have any idea who is responsible for this? you might consider a mounted camera...i have heard they are not tooo expensive and your hubby could install.be safe..they may get bolder.

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COFFEEMUG2009 4/3/2013 5:38AM

    emoticon good luck

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