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I'm here and feeling much better than yest--YAY!!

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have to go to Australia

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After two deserts I ready for bed. Boy what a day we had, but I do like sitting under the stars with me tea

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Have to sign off for now....

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This is a site I looked up for your inquiries. Not sure if it is correct, but it's a start.

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Travel-g25505
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A most beautiful place with many new and exciting things for me! In my earlier days, I could have easily lived in and enjoyed Kimberley. Absolutely breath taking!

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WOW--what a day!!! The sights were breathtaking, as is the usual over here! It was lots of fun and the food was ...interesting. Some of it was really good and some was ...interesting.
I can't wait to see what today brings!!

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Please note I have made a change to where we are staying tomorrow night!! The site I was going to use is not good these days and the tours we will be taking now leave from Broome not Derby - so please re-check tomorrow if you have already looked!!

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Wow! I sleep one day and look at all I missed! ::Yawn:: I just had to do it. My knee feels better with the rest though. emoticon I'll be back on track tomorrow with you all. emoticon

I look forward to moving on and seeing more of this magnificent country! So with that I'm going to turn over and go back to sleep!

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sweet dreams and watch that vibration tonight when the boys get to playing. With all this wine and that vibrating sounds who know what us trekkers will do--- emoticon emoticon



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yeah, I think it is time for us to head off to our camper vans as well.....Gail, BonBon, Nas.....you ready? *yawn* sorry.........too fun and sun today....*grin* NOT!! but I am tired so I am off to bed as well. Night all and good night to our awesome didgeridoo iinstructors/players.

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Hate to eat and run, but its after midnight here, and I've a monster day. The blogs are calling me and I am going off to do them and go to sleep. Night all! Week Two tomorrow! And crocodiles Shivverrrr

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okay, what is a Larrikin heading to Hicksville out Back of Bourke .....and what is going "beyond the black stump".....and why are you a Banana Bender and why is Sandra an Apple Eater.....does it have to do with where you are from or where you live.....? The true blue Sandgropers .......native Australians?
Enquiring minds wanna know.....*grin* :)

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Uh oh! If we drink much more of this delicious wine we will all be walking home with no home to go to! lol I think its time for a cuppa or two. Waiter!

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Well right now we would call Joan a Larrikin heading to Hicksville out Back of Bourke and then going 'beyond the black stump', I’m a Banana Bender, Sandra is an Apple Eater and your Didge players are true blue Sandgropers And with that – its your shout!!!

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actually, I am loving every bite... I came in here with no expectations, just gung ho to try it..so I am happily suprised that I really like it....okay, maybe I was a wee bit unsure....*grin*
yoiu got plenty, boys? good......eat hearty......for tomorrow we leave...you are still going to play the didgeridoos for us tonight around the campfire, aren't you.? lovely.....*grin* it's great that the manangement is putting you up for tonight....ahhhhh, really........wow, that is so cool....*looking around at everyone grinning* they got a gig......teaching didgeridoo lessons to tourists for the next six weeks. Awesome.

Gail, Jeannie is snitching food off your plate.....uh oh. now the guys are all giving her food off their plate...I think they are in love....does this mean they are going to follow us.....naw......they are going to enjoy teaching more tourists......what would they call tourists, Ann??
Bonbon......are you ready for dessert.....after that climb today I think I earned it.....yeah, yeah, Ann...I know.....*grin* but remember, it is virtual......and while it is true that virtual calories will cling to virtual bodies....I think we walked enough today and swam enough to get work off these extra calories.......more wine? yes, don't mind if I do..just one more half glass, thank you.

Nas, how about you and I splitting a dessert......what shall we have? I am thinking either the Pavlova or the chocolate cheesecake....Gail you want in on this...why not get both and take bites out of each.....tiny samples....*grin*

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I love roo - we eat it most of the time - but cheaper cuts than backstrap, but I find emu oily - though its good for you as well - so is kangaroo
Crocodile tail is rather like slightly fishy chicken - the same texture as chook but with a fishy taste - and again its very good for you - and no! I don't get that often!!

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Hello all. I am sorry I have been silent the last two days although following the journey. As you know the site was down on Thursday, Friday I had my last meeting with my therapist and that took up the morning, then a meeting with my case worker, and then my Primary Doctor. Changes were made, and plans to handle the low blood sugar attacks and oh boy was she pissed off at the endocrinologist whom she was going to "talk to" Probably Monday I think. Then back here a blog to get up and blogs to see too. Today the computer acted the damned fool and it took most of the day to clear up then I've been doing my walking and playing catch up. I thought I had no exercise counts for the 15th and16th but was able to reconstruct them from the notes I take for another challenge I am on as well on another team.
So WOOF! All that is over and I have managed to join you all at the Alfresco Restaurant where Jackie and I are sharing a Game Sampler Platter and Salad. Crocodile tail was as I suspected. A little more taste than snake or alligator but basically just about the same texture, so a dissapointment, but the emu was much like Ostrich and tasted delicious as did the Kangaroo straps. I will definitely miss those two back in the states. We can get Ostrich in Chicago but not Roo.
And since this is the end of a long week both on trip and IRL I am celebrating with the Banana cake and macadamia ice cream and caramel sauce.
Boy I wish low blood sugar snacks were virtual calories! Thanks to them, even though working out I have put back on 5 lbs of the 19 I've lost since February. GRRRRRR! Oh well now I can work at my Nutrition and exercise and NOT have hypoglycemic attacks. At first I wanted to throw my hands up and say SEE? I didn't think I could do it! But then I've come along way with therapy and SP and I just pulled it positive and just went back on track. But now I have to lose the 5 lbs all over again
Ann the wine sounds and tastes lovely too. I like a good Rose as long as its virtual!

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lovely, Ann, .......sounds perfect to go along with......our f east tonight...:)

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Humm!! I guess you don't like my choice of wine!! emoticon

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Heheheh having fun in the water emoticon oh I'll get you back Ann for splashing me LOl eeeeeeek this just swam past me emoticon

MMMMMMMMMM love the sound of fooooooood and a good drop of wine I will have a chardy I'm sure they will have it

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me too!!
A quick swim - if we can get out of the lovely warm water that is - and then ...............food
and I thought maybe a few bottles of emoticon (imagine its a wine bottle!!)
Oakover Rose

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Palate: Crammed with mouth filling red berry flavour and delicious upfront sweetness
Aroma: Lifted nose of strawberry and raspberry
Region: Swan Valley. Western Australia
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Its a West Australian Wine - though from the Swan Valley outside Perth - but its a very small winery producing a few really superb wines
I thought the Rose will go with everything - fish, chicken and roo - and is softer and sweeter than a heavy red like a Burgundy.

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Don't look at me......I'm lost.......
in any case we have climbed Mt. Bruce, seen the Kalamina Gorge....wow, that was such gorgeous blues and reds in the vein.........and now we are off to swim in Fern Pool....about time, I must say.....I lingered way too long on Mt. Bruce........*grin* so just blame me....fast swim, swim, swim...... and we are off to eat .....and am I forgetting something.......oh, yeah, I gotta pick the guys on the way...they earned their money and their meals today........what?? they were the ones doing the vidoegraphing. .....;)

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Me too Ann please pretty please ...LOL

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It is a different feeling up here, beautiful, but in a different way.

Ann, that is good news.

Shall we start back down and see the other sites before it gets to late, we still have a lot to see and I do want to swim at Fern Pool.



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Joan Joan don't go to close to the edge you my slip and fall down if the ground is a bit unsteady I don't like heights too much emoticon

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emoticon emoticon Great news, now, what about our Great Barrier Reef ??? they want to mine grrrr

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BIG NEWS - well for us Aussies - but for the future of the area too
The gas development at James Price Point - in the Kimberleys that endangered the reef and the land by Broome - has been scrapped!! There were some videos in the Kimberley booklet about that and the flat backed turtles and the quokkas - its been a looooong fight!! But it means your grandchildren might have the chance to see a very special unique part of the world one day!!
www.savethekimberley.com/2013/05/04/
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odside-decision-a-great-outcome/


Tonight I will buy tea and vino and we celebrate!!

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wow, we had an amazing view half way up Mt. Bruce....
www.youtube.com/watch?v=WadxN
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and the view from the top was really incredible..............wow!!
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Ann, do you think that might have been one of the rare western pebble-bound mouse?

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I am having a hard time deciding what I want. The sampler plate sounds good, but so does the barramundi.

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Puffing and panting.... I finally caught up, sorry girls I over slept then had to get my gear together thinking !!!!! oh yes togs and towel bet the water will be lovely and warm.... have to let my brekky settle first emoticon emoticon emoticon

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oh, no......sorry.......I am not getting into trouble again......got into too much trouble the last time..and Ann and the powers that be would probably throw me in the slammer this time....no wallabies in my luggage or backpack, or .....no way.....*shudders at the near call before....of almost having to come up with$10,000 fine....just to get out of the country but Ann talked them out of it.....for which I am sincerely grateful. Thank you, Ann......no worries about me trying to take anything out....are we almost to the top yet? *huffing and puffing* *stopping to catch a breath* Whew!! I can see that one really does need to be in fantastic physical shape to climb Mt. Bruce....*sits down on a tree trunk* *gets up suddenly when she hears a squeal. Ohhh, no.....what did I do? ohhh, I must have frightened whatever it was, cause it sped out of here like greased lightning.

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I'm with Joan, I would love to have a wallaby. (hope I remembered the spelling, I forget after 2 seconds). Joan, we'll just sneak it in with our baggage. lol

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emoticon I am looking forward to a Sampler Plate -- Since we all know I like to snitch Food off other people's plates anyhow emoticon I agree that it would be the Height of Silly to come to a new Country and eat something you could just as easily have at Home!! Although I do have to wonder if USA McDonalds and Australian McDonalds would have the same Menu/Flavors? If not, that MIGHT be an interesting experience at some point.
Meantime I am trying to catch another glimpse of that little Kangaroo! He was adorable.
emoticon Joan, did you see which way he went?

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Do they hunt kangaroo for food as we hunt deer out here? I can eat it if I don't know what it is, because when I know what it is I see it's little face then I can't eat it.

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Yep - that was a little rock wallaby- see how small they are compared to the kangaroos you have seen so far - and later you will see the huge big red roos!! These are definitely the smaller cousin - and no-Joan you can't take one home!!
and that might have been a dragon but it scurried away before I could see it properly!!

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oh, look, isn't that a rock-wallaby? or am I seeing things? *grin* I've been known to do that from time to time..
oh and is that a dragon.....?
of course it could be that I am just getting light headed from being up so high. *grin* :)

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emoticon very true.. but since I don't plan on eating there while I am in Australia, I don't think that I will starve.....

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Its a looooooooooooooong walk to McDonald's from up here!! There may, perhaps, be one in Broome but not in Derby where we are staying
There is one in Broome - we will be there tomorrow and one in Katherine, where we pass through on day 6 of this week - that is about it!! You might starve if you wanted to rely on those stores!! emoticon

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you know, it really doesn't matter if I am disappointed in the taste......I am doing this more for the experience of doing it......to say that I am not one of those who go to a foreign country and want to eat at McDonalds......I had a friend who went to Greece and instead of eating local,they found a McDonald's to eat at.......I was flabberghasted......I like trying different foods

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Im in, Better to eat a crocodile than have him eat me, I think---

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You're right.....I had forgotten about those poor guys....but I am willing to bet they will keep themselves busy all day giving didgeridoo lessons...yup, they definitely will go along tonight.

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I meant to say we can get a tasting plate made up for as many are interested - it will be a great finish to the day!!
I thought you might take your Didge players with you Joan!! emoticon

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*singing as we head out to climb Mt. Bruce*
www.youtube.com/watch?v=wYaKM
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it is not Julie Andrews but Nikki, one of the Dutch Idols winners .....what a voice.....just incredible...
only 1,234 m (4,049 ft) to the top.....we can do it!!

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I hope you aren't disappointed - I tried alligator in USA and was very disappointed - it was like nothing - no real flavour at all. I think our crocodile if far superior and the tail is the most flavoursome part.

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That sounds yummy...... everyone can order what they want, but I am definitely going for that.....after all, we are in Oz......we need to try all the local cuisine.........and this cuisine is very good. :) about the crocodile tail, I am reserving judgement,but, I gotta try it. emoticon

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Back strap - is the strip down the back of the ribs that is really tender - like fillet

Kangaroo backstrap is another name for the tenderloin of a kangaroo. On a whole kangaroo, the backstraps run along the length of the spine. The backstrap is considered one of the most tender cuts of meat on a kangaroo because the muscle itself is rarely used. In general, the more a muscle is used, the tougher it becomes.

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I just couldn't resist once I saw that crocodile tail. It lured me in. After all, we are going into crocodile country... I need to know what it tastes like. Sounds like a good filling meal to me. But, Kacey, it even has kangaroo straps. Ann, what are roo straps? and do I really want to know? *grin* :)


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Joan suggested we eat at The Karijini Eco Resort Restaurant tonight - since tomorrow morning we leave Karijini to continue on our trek and more places to see.
I booked a table for the group for 7.30pm-
www.karijiniecoretreat.com.au/index.
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be patient - this site seems to be going on and off - if you can't get it try again in a few minutes!!

The Alfresco Restaurant - smart casual dress please
there is a great looking menu
www.karijiniecoretreat.com.au/data/d
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but Joan suggested we try some local delicacies

Game Tasting Plate for Two Sharing (40)
A selection of emu fillet, crocodile tail, kangaroo backstrap with trio of dips, caper berries,
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Bonbon - by the time you get to the end of next week you will be all gorged out!! More to come yet!!

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Another gourge and then a swim Let's Go!

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Yuk! I hate humidity, but I guess the views and the promise of a swim at the end will be worth it.

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OK - I'm here - let's head!!
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I'm here, and movin' out with ya'll.... here we go!!

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Okay, we have a full day ahead of us....shall we move on out. Everyone? who wants to come with us to Mt.Bruce and then to Kalamina Gorge and then end up at Fern Pool... I saw the brochure on Fern Pool. It is just lovely. Ann, you are coming with us, aren't you? Or is this your day of rest? *grin* :) It may be a hard walk uphill but I think we are in pretty good shape after all the walking we did on the trek.

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I suggest you start with the Mt Bruce walk - its a hard walk uphill - but the view is worth it, and the wildflowers should be out in that area if you keep your eyes open
And then maybe Kalamina gorge - which has spectacular rock colours - layers of colours
and maybe finish the day with a swim at Fern pool
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Wow Joan that has my rooster alarm beat. Thanks for the cuppa and brekie-so what are we doing today

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yeah, just listening to them and seeing the variety of sounds which they can actually make come out of the didgeridoo, I can understand that. Didn't you have your earplugs in, Ann? :) Of course, you could probably feel the vibrations from the didgeridoo.

where are we off to this morning, Ann.....there are so many places that we did not get to yesterday........so many treasures yet to be explored.What do you suggest?

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I am up - drinking my tea - emoticon and watching the Australian V8 supercars show you Americans how V8 racing should be done - at the Circuit of the Americas - Texas
Ha,ha,ha!!
Anyway - cute or not - how could I sleep through that noise??
Mind you - I actually don't mind good Didge music!!

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besides, isn't he just the cutest thing? *grin* he said I reminded him of his mother. hmm, I wonder .......was that a compliment? doesn't matter. he is really good at explaining how he makes the different sounds. that was so cool. even got my son out of bed...well, I did wait till I heard him stirring before I played it.....*grin* but he knew what circular breathing was ....but never could quite master it...he plays the trumpet and he said playing the trumpet gives out a different sound .......which we heard....*grin*
*brekkie*
oh,yeah.....back to finishing up brekkie.......come and get it, everyone...*grin*

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Sitting up abruptly, hitting my head on the van top, "What is that?" The weirdest vibration sound, it almost vibrated me right off the bed. OH, no "Joanie" what are you up to now? No. you can not bring that what ever you call it, a didgeridoo, no, not in here. Take it over to Kacey and Moon's if you want to. OK, OK you can practice at night around the campfire if you like but God only knows what will come calling on us---dingos, or maybe even worse -----
Yes, you did keep your promise and get me up early (along with half of Australia) ( I couldn't help but grin slightly at Joan, she is so funny) OK, what did you fix for brekkie?

IRL--after watching those videos, I can just imagine all of us trying to virtually play that thing. Be honest did you? LOL



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up and at 'em.......everyone......listen to this...:)

www.youtube.com/watch?v=DC9w4KWEgJE

this one is said to sound healing using a didgeridoo:
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www.youtube.com/watch?v=0XlEk
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Now this nice young man offered lessons for all of us......he's really good, I think.

while he is teaching us, I am going to fix brekkie. these men have come a long way to teach us their knowledge....:) The billy is on.......pods are ready for you to use....
ahhhhh, I think I hear stirring in our camper van.......hmmm but not from Ann's camper.....*grin* but she will be up in her own time..we do tend to wear her out a bit.....so she will be up when we are ready to leave, never fear.....

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