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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!

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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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