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Oooh. the opals are gorgeous. The black ones look like fire in the night. My tiny white ones pale in comparison. I could look at gemstones for hours. I was fascinated by driveway rocks when I was a little kid. I have them on my shelves here in the house as an adult along side the shells and fossils. The black opals are sure special. What beauties...

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my grandmother was born in October no idea who among got it

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I heard once that the only people who can ware opals are those who have them for a birth stone. for others its bad luck. My one daughter is born in Oct and opal is her birth stone. I think I'll get something for her and one granddaughter (also born in Oct). Hope I clear customs when I go back home.
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my daughter has some opals must be from here

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I can see why you liked opals so much; I had no idea there was such a variety of shades and colors.....I really liked that black Mintabe opal.......wow, it's spectacular.

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Great - good job you have the scooter for the 3 person tent!!
Has Moonglowsnana got a scooter booked - she might find it helpful!!

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Hey Miss Tannis we are now for sure a three woman tentsome. Moonglowsnana will be coming along with us. Oh my goodnes got to get sleep! Don't want to be all fagged out on our first trek day Night All!! ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

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I know I'd love to see her!!
Hooning - who do you think is going down the zigzag road in the rally car!! WooHoo!!

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That's awful ! I bet after working with him and living with him all those years together its not just a loss but she's lost without him too. Bet she'd love to see you if we stop there.
Okay this time I'm pulling the toothpicks out from my eyelids and climbing in bed. Trek start early tomorrow. What happened to the hooning btw?

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Oh, dear; so sorry for the loss! emoticon emoticon

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No - my friend is Chris
Mintabie is a place that not many live in except Aboriginals but the ones that do love the very different and special lifestyle - its a case of love or hate - most people hate it - the isolation and the heat and dust and lack of the things city people take for granted. Chris has been there seemingly for ever - maybe 20 yrs anyway - she is married to a lovely bloke who has in fact just died from melanoma - they own and work the opal mine and he got some beautiful stuff.

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Is the Margaret in the link your friend? I like that she is interested in mosaics. Something that seems to go together as the opals have like little mosaics of light in them. Off to bed now all emoticon

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Yes - they get some great stuff at Andamooka and Mintabe - I have a pendant and earrings Chris gave me from their mine she had mounted for me in Aussie gold!! Not black but a deep sea green with yellow and red lights - striking!!
I don't think Mintabe is on Google Maps - - but its just off the Stewart Highway south of Alice Springs and a little south of the South Australia/Northern Territory border - slap in the centre of Oz!!
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Okay Joan we can wear kangaroo tee shirts and sing Tie Me Kangaroo Down if you like. At least for an hour or so.
If you like opals you have got to see these:
www.opalauctions.com/auctions/invest
me
nt-opal/item-67415

http://www.opalessence.net.au/store/anda
mooka-opal

I went looking for Mintabie and found them on the search page.
Check out the fosillized opals at
www.opalauctions.com/auctions/opaliz
ed
-fossil/
There is one- a dinosaur's tooth that opalized thats opening the bidding at 80,000
and there are beautiful boulder opals to be seen at:
www.opalauctions.com/auctions/boulde
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opal/?gclid=CO7glKjpt7YCFQeCnQodpnMAFw

I really liked the electric blue matrix boulder opal at this one, and only opening bid of $32 for something smaller than the tip of a finger.

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*grin*:) did I hear someone page me? :0

anyway, I have a partial overview blog up, but it only covers days one and two.....will need to do one for day three.....and then one for days five and the last two days....I thought that I could get it all in one blog, but it was getting kind of long.....*grin* soo now it's off to bed for me, for we have miles to go tomorrow...and lots of walking to do.

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Ah...SO much better! I am up from my name and my pain is nearly gone!! AND I purged like crazy, so I am now very ready to begin our trek in the am! Don't know WHAT I was thinking in packing all that, esp for the trek portion, but live and learn!! Now I have just about what I need, and my scooter takes off like a jackrabbit, so I will be fine. I'm sure I will still get in plenty of walking around the camp, etc as well as little side trip exploring around them. Can't wait to get started!!

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My name is Tannis and feel free to call me such. :P

I would be honored to tent with you and whomever. Ready to go tomorrow!

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Glory Ann that sounds so grand! Let's do it! and since we don't have a kangaroo in the car we can "tie Joan down Sport" lol I hope Tom still remembers what I look like when I get home. Going to look at videos now.

Miss Tannis I would be pleased to bunk with you. We may be three though, am not sure as I havern't heard from her. Still she'll be quiet and a good tentmate. Feel free to call me Kacey, and do you use your first name or want me to call you Miss Tannis? I'm easy with both, as long as you tell me your first name lol

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We will go back through Perth - so if you store stuff now we can sort it on the way back - you may need a few good things for the trip that you won't need for the trek - we will have a car on the trip after all!!

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what would I need to do about my bags.....ship them on home??that way I know they are already on their way......and I will have enough clothes to do me throughout the trek as well on farther..:)

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MISSTANNIS the week starts on Sunday - your time!! so if its Saturday night therenow you start week 2 tomorrow morning (Sunday)

JOANOFSPARK - I am sort of thinking if you want to do that - that we take the car from Albany after the trek (no getting out of that) up the Northern Highway to Darwin and then cut south to Alice Springs and Ayres Rock and down by Mintabe to Adelaide - and through to Sydney where you can get the plane back to USA - that's a sort of zigzag through Central Oz - and a lot of miles to cover though!! (about 10,000km or 6714miles)

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Kacey , I will tent with you if you need it. :D


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Ok, I ended up not going to the island this time. I stayed in Perth and got some much needed stocking and packing. It was good to stroll arund alone and get some candid shots of the Perth people and the area. So, I have everything I need now and I am ready to go to the mini adventure tomorrow or tomorrow is the first day of the trek, I am confused on the time. It is Saturday night for me. Does the trek start on sunday or monday?



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an opal mine?? I am in......when can we go? :) after all, we are here now.......and we may never again get such a fantastic opportunity.....*grin* :)


wow. I never realized that I had gotten so much stuff......good thing that I already shipped most of it on home...but I am finally packed, having gotten some last minute essentials.....such as dry shampoo and other odds and ends.I am going to wear my kangaroo shirt tomorrow so I can sing all day long......
or maybe not...*grin* :)

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looks like we need to make rearrangements, Gale and Bonbon.......I do have a two man tent if you and you two want to bunk together.....of course, we can always set them up close together....;0 or however, we want to arrange it.....Is Jill joining us tomorrow on the trek? especially we won't be spending much time in them, anyway. *grin*

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www.centralaustraliantourism.com/
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www.caseytours.com.au/Tour/Tour-Itin
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Are the sort of thing I meant - or hire a car - maybe someone will go with you
Or maybe I will go home that way instead of across the Nullarbor -I'll think on that!! My 4WD will be good out there - My DH could drive it over in the next couple of weeks - then he can fly home and leave us to explore - I might never get home!!
I have friends with an opal mine at Mintabe too - Hummm!! Interesting thought!!

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Well then I'll get a lighter tent thataway Ann. But I hope to have a tentmate "along" so it will have to be at least a two man tent. Got my stuff packed into the pack except the cooking pot, which i'll hang from the back pack. Have some room left for the food but its already all I can manage to lift and carry for any distance. i am pretty sure it will fit on the AT with the tent cot and cookstove. Hmmm Middle Austalia you say? Where exactly are we talking of? And do they have tours or a walkabout guide there? Maybe I will be flying in a different direction than Chicago in 6 weeks.

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***pant--pant--pant*** wipes sweat from brow

OK, I think I'm almost there; had to put a good bit into those storage lockers and shipped some home! Oh glory!! At least now I am more confident that I don't have too much extra on the trail with me! Or so I hope!! Getting odds and ends finished up if other things hold out for me.

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Didn't get too invovled this week with the discussion. I had trouble with Ann's website. I wrote a blog about my week so you can go to my sparkpage and read it if you are interested. I did think of something I should have packed. Dry shampoo!!! I remembered the baby wipes and hand sanitizer. I guess I still have time to run to the pharmacy and get the shampoo before we leave Perth. I may be able to squeeze in just one more thing!!!!

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WOW- when Ann told us to pack lightly, I guess she wasn't kidding!! I FINALLY got almost all my gear--what would fit after the crowbar and the shoehorn got done- into and onto my scooter BUT it's so weighted down, it fairly groans under the strain, W/O ME ON IT!!!! Guess who gets to unpack and repack everything??!!
update later, IF I can face it...........

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Looks like I have heaps of catching up to do!
Firstly - only small 2 man tents available for carrying and most people use really small single tents - they are lightweight
www.camping-warehouse.com.au/tents/c
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ping-tents/gecko-gk-2205-2-man-dome-R>tent.html

So you might need to make sleeping arrangement changes

Kacey
You should go to the middle of Australia - the red dirt and blue of the sky its vivid - but indescribable - I couldn't believe it until I saw it!!

1GR8FULGAL - Come on - my food is great - just because my ideas are different from yours - its still food!!

JOANOFSPARK - you are right - Kangaroos are very plentiful - and they cause huge damage to the wheat and other crops by tramping them - and their meat is very healthy - so its a good use for them!!

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Swim with sharks - yes - www.manlysealifesanctuary.com.au/sha
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and SeaWorld on Gold Coast also has swimming with Dolphins - which honestly appeals more to me -
seaworld.com.au/adventures/animal-ad
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and then there is breakfast with the Tigers at Dreamworld!!
about.dreamworld.com.au/Media-Centre
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That idea of putting S'mores in a bag on a rock in sun is great for our trekking!! THank you!!
I like Nutella too!!



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Ummm not sure I have a tentmate, but in case the tent will sleep four. Anyone want to help me watch for snakes and varmints? I'm quiet, don't snore and am housebroken lol Plus I have an AT vehicle so you don't have to carry the tent if you are a backpacker. Anyone out there interested?

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Yay, We will be together on the trail. Watch out varmints, here we come. Can't wait to see all the sites we are going to see and the exercise. I figured out that walking almost 600 miles in 5 weeks we will have to average some where between 23 to 25 miles a day. Those are long hikes. Good thing we got some ATVs on this hike to carry any of our wounded (with blisters) trekkers.
Gayle said she wants to join us in our tent too. Good thing I got a 3 man tent.



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Of course i'll be in your room-who can pass up singing and pillow fights. That's as much fun as when I rode an appliance dolly down the street like it was a go cart without any steering LOL.

Another way you can make SO'MORES is graham crackers Nutella marshmallows or graham crackers chocolate marshmallows put in a sandwich bag and set on a rock in the hot sun. That's just like cooking them in the fire. I made some in the microwave once for my grands. The boy had fun seeing how far he could string the melted marshmallows while his sister looked at me with tears in her eyes and asked why she just couldn't have the candy?

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sounds good to me, Gail..:) I've already made reservations at our accommodations for Sunday night and I booked a three bedroom there as well, so can I assume that you, Gail, and Bonbon will be staying in my room?

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I have been trying so hard to get a little extra sleep time in but Oh No, My room mates were fixed on the idea of singing the bush song. And then when I didn't get up they decided it was pillow fight time. (giggle, giggle,) they won, I am up now and very sleepy still. Maybe relaxing around the pool with Joan might make me feel more rested. It is going to be a long week. I can hardly wait to hit the trail. Hey Joan, Bonbon, are we sharing our tent . I have a 4 man tent. I would be lost without you 2.

LJ, Swimming with the sharks, You are a brave gal! Sydney sounds like a fun way to end your trek.

Well, I guess I had better get to packing up the last bit of my things.



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emoticon Good Job on the Bed Making, Joan!! I know what you mean, I could get used to this Lifestyle VERY Quickly!!

emoticon I am going to try to change my Travel Plans to go home, because I just discovered the Sydney Aquarium!!! You can Dive With The Sharks at their Sister Aquarium - Manly Sealife Sanctuary!!! I LOVE Aquariums as much as I LOVE Zoos!! I will have to be very Frugal with my Virtual Budget on the Trek so that I can spend some time in Sydney after the Trek is done! If I survive, that is!!

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Though I do have packing to do, I have already strategized and plotted most of it, so I know where everything is.........this morning, I am just going to laze around and finish consolidating most of it then go to the shopping center, for some more eye candy.......Much of what I have bought has either been sent on home, or will remain here in my luggage.

I think I will find a nice cozy cafe and perhaps get another of the kangaroo burgers. Who knew they would be so tasty. Not surprising that the enterprising Aussies would find a way to make use of an marsupial that has at times overrun places. *If I am wrong about this, I expect Anne to give me a swat on the wrist for not checking my facts first, but I have heard that they do over mulitiply and over multiply.......and.....well, you get the picture......*grin* anyway, most of my things are packed so right now I am lazing around the pool sipping a cool one......:)

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ohhhh, no -- Bonbon.......you really didn't take that photo of me, did you?

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today I stayed close and recovered I am not used to all this but can't wait to get started Sunday

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Had a late night here, been a long day... glad its over. I am ready to get this trek going! I am posting my blog this evening.


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I just finished up with our huge home group dinner. So much fun, so much food. Wish you all had been here. Now to wish you all sweet dreams and tomorrow is packing day. We don't want to forget anything. It would be a very long walk to a store. ---giggle---





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Oh c'mon now! She may have something surpising for us to sample. I hope lol
Those southern lights are soo bright and colorful. I cannot believe all the color in Australia. Here I was expecting desserts and beaches and more desserts and beaches and its not that way at all. Its absolutely brilliant with colors everywhere you look!

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I'll reserve judgement until I see the recipe(s)...

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Thanks for the vote of confidence!! emoticon

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Oh my stars and garters!!!!!


...thx 4 the warning!!!

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OK - that's good - for my next attempt - I am going to murder a Pizza recipe!!
Stand by for more updates!! emoticon

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If it's just a plain, old chocolate bar, w/o caramel, PB, or any other yum yums

hey listen, there's no wrong way to eat a s'more!! no.such.thing.

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Ah - so a Cadbury bar would be the same??
Nah - I like my idea best!!

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SWEET! I'll still look up but ...



oh, its a chocolate bar that is scored so it easily breaks up into smaller rectangles, enabling some of us to portion control our choco intake--I wondered if you'd ask me that...
made in Hershey PA

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The aurora australis (or the southern lights),
www.australiangeographic.com.au/jour
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I really have my doubts you will see them - you need to be very far south - like Antarctica - or on occasions Tasmania -

Here's one for you - what's a Hershey Bar???

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lovely reading about what you did

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Here's a ? for you, Ann--we up here have the Northern Lights-- any such equivalent down under?

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I stickyed your thread thank you - It will make interesting reading.

Well I did say I murdered the recipe!! LOL!!

I mention the stars later in the trek - yes definitely if there aren't too many trees or clouds - you will see the stars - millions in a deep velvet sky!! Even the Southern Cross will be visible.

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Okay started the Bibbulmin Virtual Trek: How you feel about it thread Ann.

Hmm different Smores than I learned. You use the graham crackers but no peanut butter and a whole chocolat bar broken in half on it then several big marshmallows, Another Cracker on top and smash it down then hold it over a campfire or the coals of one until warmed and gooey (use BBQ tongs so you can turn it back and forth. And then get it while its all melted and gooey and oh my! I just got a sugar level rush just thinking about one. If you eat two you will definitely be on a sugar high all night. So time for the scary campfire stories!
Now there's something I want to see! The stars and the constellations that appear in the australian sky at night. Back home in the mountains they looked so close you could have reached up and pulled one out of the sky! We should be able to see them on the Trek!

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Yes - Rottnest is beautiful - but how could I go trekking with a group of Americans without them educating me??
They decided I should try a typical (or I think its typical) American delicacy!! S'mores
but these were no ordinary S'more - these were the - I need heaps of extra calories and a real sugar rush type S'more!!
We took 2 Oatmeal biscuits (I gather you use something called Graham Cracker - that I can't get here) and on the bottom one - spread Peanut butter, then sprinkle choc chips , then plonk a marshmallow in the centre - put the other one on top - like a sandwich, and wrap in aluminium foil - heat in an oven, in glowing coals of a BBQ or in a pan over heat, fpor maybe 5 min - till warm through - but don'yt leavbe too long!!
Carefully unwrap and devour!! Yummo!! Definitely S' and leaving you wanting 'more!! Is that how they got their name S'mores??
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Oh Ann this was a perfect end to the week! All those Dutch style cottages and the kayaking and snorkelling was the perfect way to exercise and relax at the same time. If anyone missed the snorkeling you can get a look at what its like (will you look at the color of the sand and the water?) at
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And the little Quokka's were soooo cute how could anybody mistake them for a rat. Am bushed! For me a kangaroo burger at the cafe next door and then bed. Lots of sorting and packing to do tomorrow and a blog to post.

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OK, so yesterday was amazing, with the tower and the Mint--boy,i sure did want some of that gold but not badly enough to be thrown in the pokey for it!!
Today was awesome, too!! What a great time we had but I sure am tired. I'm about to fall into bed. GN, all.

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sorry Ann thought that this was just a sightseeing trip & the trek starts 7 thanks for the update

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Sitting relaxing with my trek mates, I am so happy. I am doubly glad that I made the efffort to make this trip....Wow, what a blessing to get to know all of them personally and to find out that they are just as great in person as they are on SP.....

Though I really enjoyed yesterday with the Bell Tower and the Mint........wow. watching them pour the gold to make the ingots was incredible...I will never get that sight out of my mind, but for today......today is for relaxing..and snorkeling.....and kayaking.....I went out for a bit in the kayak but to me the biggest thrill was seeing the fishes underwater when I was snorkeling with the rest of the group. Such incredible colors, such ....wow. for once I am totally speechless.

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This snorkelling is sooooooooooo relaxing - watching those little fish swim about - which is a good job - for some reason my patience is being severely tested today by people who do not read information!!
NASFKAB how can you not know the trek has started - I sent out team emails telling members , the thread we are using is headed Wk 1 - Bibbulmun Track Virtual Trek Discussion, you have been commenting on our descriptions during the week - how can you possibly think the trek starts Sunday!???? I am sorry but this is beyond my comprehension!!

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Well managed to make the ferry! Hi all! Don't worry quorkka's are little marsupials like kangaroos. They do look a bit like rats til they move and then you know, and they are cute and if you don't bother them, and the law says you better not! No Swatting!!! Then they won't bother you.
Alas you are right Ann no shipwreck tour for us. But am getting into snorkeling duds, and I found a fellow that snorkels here to show us a couple of wrecks up closer where we can see them. Did you ever see such a color of blue water and so white the bottom sand. Oooo a little fish just came up to look me over. Bet I'm a really strange sight to it. Hope you all remembered the SPF15 Sunscreen waterproof. Don't worry I have a big tube and will share if you forgot.

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OH, look, I just saw my first quokkas. They look more like a baby kangaroo than rhey do a rat. I think they are cute, don't want to take one home though. LOL

It didn't take very long to get to the island. So many people on bikes. Maybe we should rent one.



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Ok I don't want to hurt any animals so I won't sue the bug spray. Just remember I'm a city girl

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Post exercise in the thread under this - Bibbulmun Track Virtual Thread Exercise
The trek started LAST Sunday -

Bonbon - You can't swat quakkas - they are animals - not mosquitoes!!
and bugspray certainly won't work on them - unless you want to get fined for cruelty

It appears that to see the boat properly we need to go diving with oxygen and that will need a full tour boat so we won't be doing that - however we can snorkel on the coral and there are many smaller boats that have been wrecked off the reefs so we might see one of them



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I've never been snorkeling, kayaking I did years ago.
Boy those quokkas don't even go away when you swat them, pass me some bug spray please


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OK Trekkers, I am all in for some snorkeling and kayaking. Now LJ you can keep those sharks. I don't want anything to do with them. I have pictures of my son scuba diving with sharks all around him. It scares me half to death to think about him like that.

Gayle, come sit here with Joan, Bonbon, Kacey, and I. LJ and Ann are here with us to. It is going to be a fun day. But you all know my fears about varmits, What are they called,
Quokkas? and they look like a rat, oh my------you got to be kidding, what have I gotten myself into. OH, CJ glad you made it, here, come sit with us. I brought plenty of bug spray, (whispering to CJ) do you think it will keep quokkas away?

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Ann thought it was starting Sunday where do I post the exercise?

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where are we going today??? emoticon snorkeling? NOT ME !! hahaha

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emoticon We are off to --- SNORKELING!? Will there be Sharks? Swimming with Sharks is on My Bucket List!! Check out My Pintrest Page! I have a Whole Board about Swimming With Sharks.
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Good Morning Trekkers,

I too, really enjoyed the Bell Tower and will blog about it and today this evening. Then its the weekend Yay! I so want to do the island, not sure about the other day, I need to pack and make sure I have everything. I am notorious for leaving something out. However, even if I stay at the apartments then I am sure I can walk there or find a place to swim. lol Plus having to track down what all I am going to take with me. Now I am off to catch the ferry :D

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I made it to the mint and Swan Tower but I am resting today as I pulled a muscle in my back trying to stuff too many things into my backpack in preparation for the real trek next week. I may have to re-think how much I'm taking.

Enjoy your day today, everyone!


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The trip to Rottnest Island looks like a lot of fun......I certainly am in. *plowing through my things to find my camera and my journal: Flinging everything into my tote bag along with my sunblock and various other little odds and ends. Got my sun hat on and my sun glasses as I head out the door to join the others...you with me, Gail and Bonbon? This looks like quite an adventure. I know Kacey was saying something about snorkeling and kayaking.....it would be so awesome if we could get close to the wreck....oh, and I definitely want to see the quokkas........

*running to catch the ferry* wait for me.......wait for me...:)

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Good Morning to All and I guess Good Night to Ann, I'm ready to get this day started, but
Quokkas, things that look like rats(really) I'm not sure I'm ready for this, and the males chase the female, (just like a man) lol. I'm looking forward to the ferry ride. I'm really looking forward to Saturday and spending the day around Perth and getting out the boots and the back packs, but hate to leave the comforts of Perth.

HAVE A GREAT DAY AND I'LL SEE SOME OF YOU ON THE FERRY: CJ from OK.

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Yesterday was so educational I loved the swan bells their history is fascinating then the mint who can go wrong when it comes to gold and money next week I hope I can keep up

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It seems that Quokkas are Marsupial mammals in the macropod family - but when first discovered were mistaken for rats - they actually have no relationship!!
They are heavily protected - and I think you can't feed them because they might get dependant on humans and that's not good - but also being macropods they probably have very athletic and strong back legs and very painful nails should they decide to attack - and if they have young - or the male is after a female they could attack!!! Or it might be as simple as that they need only certain foods and if they get fed they could get the wrong food that would make them ill!!
See you at the ferry.

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Okay then I KaCey will meet you on the Ferry docks for a nice trip. I hope TF will join us. Will be a wild day! Can't wait to see the quokkas up close. I use to raise Gerbils which look like minature quokkas. Though they aren't marsupials. And so I love them a great deal. I just wonder why we aren't allowed to touch or feed them. Though I do know rodent bites are nasty, but am not sure if marsupials are all rodents or not.

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Ooops - sorry Kasey - typo!! Well that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it - but Sandra would tell me its Swiss Cheese Disease!!!
Sharing a boat sounds good - - we can organise it on the Ferry over to the island - and also check on the possibility of checking out the wreck - but it might be too deep!!

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I didn't know you were answering me because I am not Tracy either. But thank you for your answer Perhaps we can share a boat. I was wondering about snorkeling around that wrecked ship they have there. They have a vid of it on You Tube.
Rottnest Island Adventure - Shipwreck!
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Tortilla Flats do you want to come and Kayek fish? or maybe we can just rent a couple of Kayeks to paddle about in.

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You can start it - I'll sticky!!

Oh Kasey - did you see I answered your post!!

Thank you Gail - a blog on what the trek could do - or what you are aiming to achieve would be great!!

Tracy - we leave on Monday for the trek itself - but leave this hotel on Sunday as we have one day part in Perth then doing a spot of "hooning" or fast driving (not on scooters) before our last civilized night for a bit in the Perth Hills
Then first thing Monday - get out your hiking boots and back pack!!

There is great kayaking and snorkelling on Rottnest - I am going there too - for the quokkas!!

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Well I'm for it! My vote says Sticky Away! Who starts it if we all agree?
Sorry no Lullabyes tonight! Made my notes and had a cuppa, and am in jammies ready for bed. Night you all! Or Have a Good Day in Ann's case lol.

Oh Ann did you see my question on post 646?
"Thanks for reminding me Ann! I was considering, since I seem to be ahead a day, a side trip though I couldn't decide on which. They have kayak fishing on Rottnest and I am sorely tempted to go for a virtual fish. Still when exactly date wise do we leave for the actual trek. I've gotten all I have assembled and ready to pack on the AT but still want to finish up getting foods and a map and such at the check in so the money goes for a good cause. (My Tom says I must bring him back a shirt). Do I have time for a side day or should I rest up for the trek, as if I rest I'll do my weeks blog then."


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If they start a thread - it will be right under this one in the same Forum - you will find it easily
We have to change each week to new threads anyway - the threads are getting too long
But are you doing the trek ?? I haven't seen exercise records from you.

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Sorry Kacey, (about the miss spell) but you may come to our room and sing a nice soft lullaby



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