Sunday, May 19, 2013
We are just finishing our first week on the road through Central Australia. Lots of highlights but the most amazing day was the day we went swimming with the whale sharks. They are huge, hence where the name comes from. They look like they have a poke a doted shin and it is rough as the roughest sandpaper. They didn't mind us being in the water with them. In fact I think they liked teasing us by brushing up against our legs.
All the pictures except the last one are of my son in the water. (These are not virtual)
The coral reef is lovely and so fragile. But you can get some nasty cuts on it too so we had to be very careful. But the under sea life is so amazing. And the color. None of us wanted to leave
Another highlight was seeing the huge sea turtles come on the beach to lay their eggs,
Other things we did is swim with the sea lions, and just yesterday we went to a Gorge that was so breathtaking, you just couldn't believe, It even made the Grand Canyon look sad.
This is the circular Pool we swam in at the end of our day.
Today we climbed Mt. Bruce
And tonight we dine on a Game Tasting Plate for Two Sharing (40)
A selection of emu fillet, crocodile tail, kangaroo backstrap with trio of dips, caper berries,
salad, marinated vegetables and bread roll, you want to come and join us?
and then back to our campsite to relax and enjoy the campfire.
Thursday, May 02, 2013
We have left Pemberton behind and heading 121 miles (195km.) to Walpole. The first day we follow the Warren River and through the Kari Forest. We stopped for lunch by the Cascades. It was really gushing today because of all the rain, but not nearly as beautiful as it is in the winter when the waterfalls I hear tell, are amazing. We sit beside the river sharing some cheese and crackers we brought from town.
We passed by The Warren River Bridge that is the longest, curved wooden trestle bridge
still in use in Australia. While in Pemberton we road the tram and had a wonderful time. It was quite nice sitting down and enjoying the scenery for a change. My poor feet needed a break.
That night at the Warren River Campsite, Joan let out a scream, she had spotted something staring at her. I ran to her rescue ,expecting to find a deadly snake or maybe another redback spider. It was a cute little quokka, it resembles a small wallaby
After Joan realized what it was it was all Bonbon and I could do, to keep her from taking it with us. Kecey came to our rescue and Joan went to bed pouting. By the next morning she was singing and I fixed some chip beef gravy and biscuits which we all enjoyed.
We made it into Northcliffe, and was able to enjoy a nice meal at Hollow Butt,. After getting pass the name, and it was the only place open in town we enjoyed a huge burger. ( how they got that name?) is beyond me because after eating that size burger there was nothing on me hollow, if you get my drift.----grin This is a very small farming community. I enjoyed my first mango smoothie in the form of flavored milks. It was very tasty. And as we were leaving we all were givin fresh eggs. Very hospitable of them and so we found a safe place to carry them in our back pack and would hard boil them when we stop for lunch. We are travelling through Shannon National Park and in many places the trail is covered with water. We had to stop and get our wading boots on and tredge through, in a few places I thought we were going to have to swim. And oh my the leeches---- Joan and I kept checking each other to make sure none lingered on us. Now, that was the pits!
Today the wind blew, it blew so bad that we couldn't get a fire lit to fix breakfast so had to settle with a fruit and nut bar. As soon as we find a sheltered area we will get the cuppa ready. Sandra is having a tissy fit without her morning coffee and Ann wants tea.
The grounds are starting to be more grassy and sandy. as we near the dunes. I got my compass and maps out just in case. You just never can tell if the trail has changed some. With all this wind and sand anything could go wrong. OH, can you smell it. I can smell the sea. I love the ocean, the mist, the salt even the sea gulls. With promises of being on the ocean we keep going----we will get there ---- Everywhere we look is coastal wildflowers. How amazing the view is----Its like being in the wild wild west!
Kacey spotted a small ---- well you figure it out.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=JoduGti4G_k And with this I will say good nigh, and make sure our tent is zipped tight
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