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Sweet Dreams ! I am so tired from all the hiking but I will be ready to move out tomorrow.. emoticon We start week 3.

Joaniw, I will try to get up earlier tomorrow and fix a good breakfast for everyone befor we pull out!



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just chillin at the camp after hiking today
beautiful sunset
off to bed big day tomorrow in Darwin

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Looks like there are only the two of us up today - so - as you say - nighty night
See you in the morning - big day tomorrow!!

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Thanks, Ann. that is very interesting.*grin* :)
now I think I am going to say nighty night......cause we have to get up early tomorrow to leave here.....okay, okay, I am finished hollering out the door.......oh, wait. forgot the CB......wow, am I so embarrassed....probably scared the wallaroos away.....that were trimming the lawn.
making sure all my sparklies are where I can get to them in case we eat out somewhere really nice.........*grin* :)

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You may be interested in this link Joan - remember it is for the Southern Hemisphere
www.csiro.au/en/Organisation-Structu
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and specifically for the Kimberley area

Humm!! You can come and stay - but I am 6hrs flight away from that area!! but the local area here is interesting too!! However the North of Australia, particularly the Kimberley, and Northern Territory is where the pure Aboriginal people are most prevalent - you will see more and learn more of them during this next week

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Thanks, Ann.....did I tell you about the guided tour we did yesterday at the art shop at the Wangi Centre? It was incredibly informative.

I am still digesting the information and the brochures we got about the Top End is really cool.

www.parksandwildlife.nt.gov.a
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d_brochure_13_WEB.pdf


It was a guided walk about the "A Culture Revealed" by an indigenous guide. You know, it really is very interesting. I think that if I had lived here in Oz, I might have majored in Aborginal Studies....and in preserving their heritage. Everything is so fascinating....He talked about the importance of country and the cultural history of this timeless land.

Honestly, I think that even if I stayed a year here in Oz, it would never be long enough to see all that I want to see and all the places that I want to visit......hey, can I come stay with you, Ann........I promise that Gail and I and whomever else would be very very good....and help you with the chores......:) Seriously, I am not sure that six weeks is enough, though I am also sure that it is more than enough for you.......*grin* wait, it will be twelve weeks...what am I saying......I really am thinking of extending my vacay just a wee bit longer and doing some more sightseeing......
This is so relaxing here...... www.litchfieldsafaricamp.com.
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y.htm
and so close to the washing up shed. The second slide is where we are set up......that is one thing we've got to do before heading off to bed tonight......but maybe one more short walk.....or maybe a swim in the above gournd pool, or maybe just sitting here relaxing after a good barbie....we have some roo steaks, and some fresh salad. How about a barbie tonigh?. *grin* actually, the very nice people in the site next to us asked to come on over..so I told them 'yup'...so I told them we would bring some roo steak and some fresh salad.....what do you think? :) sounds like a party to me.........

the Florence Falls hike was easy.....just took us about 30 minutes so we decided to head on over to Buley Rock from Florence Falls........well, according to the brochure, it was supposed to take 1.5 hours but you know us.....we gotta see everything..and then we had to spend time at BuleyRock Hole before heading back to our van. but it was a great hike. I am sure I will sleep well tonight.for I am kinda tired, but, ohhhhh, not before we eat.........it will be interesting to hear their 'tall tales'.......errrrrrrr, interesting stories......hey, we got some 'tall tales' of our own....*snicker* ;p

Check out #26 on the last link.....they are waiting...got a pic of us washing up....okay so it is done already....did it early this morning..Gloria helped me.....so it didn't take any time.......way early this morning...:0


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Great links Joan - Thank you
Have we all enjoyed checking out the park - its very different from the ones we have seen before in West Australia I thought!! Its been a great break for the weekend too - before tomorrow when we will venture into Darwin - a huge city - capital of Northern Territory and check out some great places including shops!! Hang onto those visas - we will go to the opal mines later next week!! You might be tempted by some Tiwi Art or craft though - and since its Sunday - there should be markets too - try down by the water!!



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*grin*we had to take the van to get to the Lost City as well as to most of the hiking that we want to do, but once we get to the various locations, we go hiking...:) we are already here at the Lost City, Gail....wow, it is so cool.....you got up to help get rounded around,,,,,even in your sleep you do that very well, then you went right back to sleep....*grin* I just let you sleep...
www.litchfieldnationalpark.co
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well, I did kinda drive around a bit, just to get some ideas for more explorations but after this one, I am open to ideas.........what?? of course, I am.....yeah, yeah, sorry bout being high handed about it but I realllllllly reallllllly wanted to see this....... www.panoramio.com/photo/40652
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Tell me, doesn't it make you feel as if we have been transported back into the ruins of an ancient civilization??
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Florence Falls but just tell me what you want to see.....:)

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Let's go hiking!!!! I can do that virtually. emoticon

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Shaking my head at Joanie, pulling my boots on, grabbing a banana as I am being pulled out the door. Joanie, haven't you ever heard that patience is a virtue? lol, give me time to get dressed! I know you are in a hurry, Are we hiking to Lost City or taking the van? Did I sleep through breakfast? (throwing my banana peel in the garbage bag to be dumped later)



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what a wonderful day we had yesterday exploring and we have several more places to go hiking today......got some really great pics........I want to go to the Lost City first then do some hiking where we can go swimming.....of course, they do have swimming here, but somehow it's more fun hiking to a quite serene pool of water and then go swimming there......of course then we have the hike back, but that's okay......then we can go on another hike and go swimming again. *grin*
we've had brekkie, and our usual morning cuppa, so we are heading out.........

Are we going as a group or are we splitting up and heading out where ever we want......Gail, Jeannie, Gloria, and who ever else wants to go with us to the Lost City, come on.....time's awasting........*grin* :)

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I will be ready when ever you are for that Hike. It is already so pretty here I know we will be taking LOTS of Pictures!! Did you see that Sunset?! Gorgeous!

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*snicker*........love it.....;p
I know I don't speak English...I speak redneck and hillbilly......:) okay since you popped on, kacey, I will include you and Jackie as well.....and we are off to Wangi Falls and thence to Greenant Creek unless you want to go in your own camper van?? Sorry, I wasn't thinking about that.....guess I really do need to head off to bed.....nighty night to y'all.

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It's not strange to us, we like it! It's not English though its American. You think we talk funny? hmmm this is coming from an Aussie in a country where what they've done to English is a whole new lingo all in itself. Graham crackers are both a cookie and a cracker. But they are ideal for making crusts for all kinds of desserts. They feed them to kindergartners for snacks which is all well in as far as they have good nutrient for the most part, but they are high in sodium which is not so good.Okay enough out of me! I'm off for the night!

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Graham cracker are ideal - what ever you call them!!
Yes - a biscuit of yours is a scone to me - but are graham crackers cookies - I thought that slightly risen flat slightly soft things like choc chip cookies are cookies!!
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Tagging in late as usual. I have Roo meat aplenty as I stocked us up at last station. and some veges and rice to add to the pot. Sorry I missed the crumble Ann the recipe looks absolutely delicious. Now when you say biscuits do you mean what we call biscuits here in the States or what we call cookies? I know digestive biscuits are graham crackers.....
Oh wow so many places to explore! The waterfalls sound good to me! Jackie are you ready? Anyone else? We'll decide the next place on the way.....
113 semi trailers? hauled by one cab? how ever did they do that? They have trouble with one trailer at a time around here.

Gail that must be a long exhausting experience. But its the weekend so maybe you will be able to relax from it a bit.

Ann's doing blogs until I recover but I will still pop in to see whats happening. I wouldn't miss all the piccys for anything. Going to spend the weekend researching about how to figure insulin doses with how much your bslevels drop when you do exercises. The endo isn't saying anything if he knows, and hes supposedly the best around this hospital, has awards and all, My Primary Physician is savvy but it isn't her specialty so that leaves me and the internet. I am going to crack this and fix it. This could end up being a battle for my brains, whats left of them lol
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oh, thank you, Ann, both Gail and I really really appreciate it. I will look forward to it. Now, where did you say we should start out on our afternoon explorations.....to get a feel for the area the best....?

hmm, looking over a brochure.......okay, Gail, let's head on out and let the others follow as they will. Got my hiking boots on, my safari hat......my sunglasses and sun block.....my....oh, yeah, the map....:0

okay, anyone else who wants to go, hop in. Gail and I are heading off to Wangi Falls walk and then on to the Greenant Creek Walk. oh, yeah, we can't forget our cameras because we also are going through some monsoon forest on the Wangi Falls hike. Thanks for reminding me, Jeannie; it looks like there are a couple hikes we can do at Wangi Falls.......we will do the short loop walk and then take on the other one which will take a little longer. You in, Nas? I see Gloria is already in the camper van...so off we go..:)

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Poor Joan -= good thing I made one for you and Gail for this evening!! emoticon

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oh well, we will have to have it again soon....*grin* since there is none left for me..

okay, we have arrived and set up camp in the Litchfield Safari Camp. Gail and I get our chores out of the way, and head on out to explore ...who wants to come along? After all, it is only mid afternoon......we still have hours to explore...

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ON THE ROAD PASSING ROAD TRAINS ALONG THE WAY
WENT TO LILCH FIELD NATIONAL PARK AND THERE WE WENT TO SEE THE ROCK FORMATIONS AT THE LOST CITY WENT ON WALKING TRAIKLS SUCH AS SHADY CREEK WALK,SANDY CREEK FALLS WALK AND WALKER CREEK WALK,
WENT FOR A DIP IN THE WATER SWIM AREHE FALLS AND HEADED FOR BED NICE AND EXHAUSTED

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I'm going to head off to bed so that I will be ready for all the hiking I intend to get in tomorrow. Good night all. emoticon

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Believe me its yummy - I had it for lunch!! See what you miss "just being friendly" emoticon

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that apple berry crumble sounds heavenly, Ann......save some for me.......I love that recipe....:0

*aside*.......driver? what driver? I don't know what you're talking about......just being friendly.....rules of the road, ya know.....can we help if he loved our accents??:0*grin*:)

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Humm!! Remember I have a CB too - I heard that chat with the road train driver - !!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Ann, Ann........you have to ask that? you know me, I get easily distracted......I suppose I wasn't really lost........just got behind one of the road trains.....one of the really long ones and could not get around..it...well, you know......*grin* ;p that's my story and I'm sticking to it.....:)

Lost City really is a natural formation? wow.....the picture that I saw really reminded me of Stonehenge or one of the henges....

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Oh, Gail.......that is so scary..glad that you were not on it....but just being in the same area had to be nerve wracking, for something like that ties up traffic for miles around, plus the fact that there is always road work going on....which messes it up even more. .
....when the bridge in Minneapolis collapsed, I frantically called my sister wondering if she were okay.....since she was at work........turned out that was not the route to work she took......and her husband was also at work and did not get off till around midnight.....and he did not check the phone.....messages....I did not hear for sure if she were okay till the following day...at least no lives were lost with this one.....but it still had to be very scary,..

I will go ahead and drive to the camp ground......just rest up and we will be at the campground in no time....and then we can think about what we are going to do the rest of the afternoon......I saw several walks that would be very nice....*grin*:)

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Leslie -use Granola or digestive or almost any plain biscuit instead!! Any plain biscuit and any combo works - even a semi-sweet cheese type biscuit - as long as you use the same number total - but use what you have in the pantry!!

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Thank you so much, you two! I really appreciate that; I've had cancer FOUR times before and so I am VERY scared this time around, esp. bc it is so very large in such a very short time!!
I'll do as I can, but my other stuff--tests, etc--must come first, of course. I'm here, tho'!!

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Yum! I love crumbles! I will have to try your recipe, but don't know if I can find milk arrowroot biscuits in the States. I did look up a recipe for homemade ones that looks pretty simple, so I might just have to try it.

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Did you pick up your supplies Joanie? I didn't think we were low on anything but fuel. I will fill it up and check the tires. It sure feels good to stretch a little. Now I need to get the map out. I didn.t even see Katherine on it and Darwin, is after we stop at the Litchfield National Park, right----I think I got turned around a little----


IRL--It has been a long day and I am going to try and relax for awhile. Our freeway system was pure trouble today and it is our main road to travel. A bridge over I-5 collapsed and sent cars falling into the river last night north of us. And south of us someone jumped off an overpass on the freeway and committed suicide. So going into Seattle where my Dr, appointment was was terrible. Heavy traffic and freeways closed in both directions. It will be many months before the bridge is rebuilt. I am tired and we got so hungry we ate pizza. I never eat pizza. Now I feel yucky.

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You can go there tomorrow if you want - you are free to discover the park all day - we have 2 nights here!!

I was going to ask how you could get lost on the road to Katherine - its a straight road!! LOL!!

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I was about to say I'll make an apple berry crumble in the microwave tonight - yummo and healthy and crispy fruity!! Yes it does stay crisp in the microwave - or at least my recipe does!!

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Note - use fruit that is ONLY fruit - no syrup or sugar or anything - if you use fruit in syrup drain it VERY well!!
You can stew your own fruit too instead of canned but make sure it has very little juice
You can use just about any fruit for this!!

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*blushing* I think we got a wee bit lost, but we are here now, just heading into town, so we will stock up....with supplies, though, as Gail reminded me, we should not be that much out of supplies....since we stocked extra for the trip along the Gibbs River Road. Okay, a good place to stretch our legs as well. Fuel definitely is an essential......
oh,wanted to ask, will we be going to see The Lost City?.....the pics on the brochure looked so interesting...reminded me of Stonehenge.
Okay, we are here at the Katherine Oasis Shopping Centre.
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Heavens - where are you? - I am in Katherine waiting for you - I know its not that big a town but there are enough shops and houses to call it a town!! You need food for a couple of days - you can stock up again fully in Darwin on Sunday!!There are a couple of supermarkets here and its a good idea to fuel up too!!
Yup those dream pots are real useful, l even cook fruit loaf, banana bread, meatloaf and dessert in them. They are great to set going in the morning and have the cooked food ready at night with no power source needed - like the old hay box cooking!! Great for travel and cheap to run at home!!
Then we turn left and roll along the highway a bit towards Darwin until we see the Litchfield National Park sign on the left!! That is our weekend stop. On Sunday we will move out!!

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that's cool...*grin* just a thought....besides, surely among us, we can scrounge up enough to eat.....*snicker* I dare say we we surely will be able to wait till Katherine....to get some supplies.

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emoticon This is where the Dream Pots you got for the Vans come in handy. I might not be a Good Cook but I follow directions pretty good. If you tell me what to add and when I bet we could make some Stew or Soup. Is there any Roo meat? I have a lot of Vegetables that we can use. And Fresh Strawberries for Dessert.
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Hummm!! You could have a problem - no where to eat out tonight!!
However we will shoot into Katherine soon and you can pick stocks up then!!

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I guess I'm still on USA time and I am lagging behind. Going in the back of the van for some shut eye. Now be sure to wake me up when we come across some just-can't-miss that! I'll be keeping one ear listening in case I hear some Oooooooo Ahhhhhh's .
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Playing catch up again.

EMMABE1 WOW! That is a LOT of road. Traveling distances like those I bet you guys have to keep the petrol packed with you. I guess it would be similar to our driving through some of our deserts out in the states. If you go on a trip out there people have to fill up at the last available gas station and have some on hand. Steve, (my late husband), and I thought we might just run out of gas before we hit the next filling station. Close call, but we made it. We weren't likely to run into a cow out that way, more likely a coyote or reptile, in some cases huge tarantulas and things like that. Sleep and fatigue could be a hazard out there too. Many of our highways in the states and some interstates can also be extremely long and many fall asleep at the wheel traveling 100's of miles with little or no traffic on their stretch of road, sometimes following behind a lonely semi or two. Out in the states though, like you were saying, it is no place for road trains because almost every highway or interstate sooner or later runs into a very small town that can not accommodate them or interchanges with a busy freeway. Exceptionally dangerous for other motorists.

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Oh yes! Breather for the legs is a Grrrr-eat idea as Tony the Tiger would put it. lol

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DITTO! Keeping the light on for ya!

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must save money & visit Australia to see it all

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emoticon No worrys Gr&8fulGal, We will keep a Seat warm for you! And be praying for Good Test Results!!
emoticon Has everyone set your Watches for the New Time Zone?

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OK, so I got into the MD today...and it is poss. bad news. He found a lg area of suspicion and sent me for testing. I have to undergo more testing after the holiday...talk about agony while waiting thru a holiday weekend. I am still here...I am not quitting but I'm not sure how fast I can catch up from this week. PLS be gentle with me, as life is kicking me very hard right now...thx.

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is it maybe time to get out and stretch a bit?

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yeah, Ann, I wasn't thinking ........of course, we don't want to be in the middle of several road trains..and I do know that time and space are needed for them to be able to put on their brakes and to do whatever is necessary to keep control of those rigs......I've gotten mad at people who think they are being daredevils just being getting right up behind big rigs and just sitting on their bumpers....or playing chicken by darting in and out among big wheelers like it is some kind of game .and then slowing down right in front of them as if they are almost daring the truckers to hit them..........that is just plain stupid and food hardy.....and stupid....and........oh, well.....oh, drats........food is on my brain..and I just ate.....

however, we have gotten in the middle of a group of truckers on the highway between Little Rock and Memphis ...kinda hard not to...and you can kinda gauge your speed by them.....and really just kinda coast along....keeping a safe distance between you and the one in front and the one behind.....that particular stretch is a very busy highway.......*grin*


I am staying out of the way of this baby........maybe it's time for Gail to take the wheel back; I am getting a little sleepy......*yawn*
*grin* don't worry.......I won't go to sleep at the wheel....
we have been switching drivers every so often, Ann......you're right, it does become hypnotising.......after awhile....and we have to keep switching over......*grin* by the way, we finished off the last of the roo stew last night.....I am thinking we eat out tonight....we need to replenish our stores a bit....how close are we to camp now, Ann.....?



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Gloria - few people realise the situation out here - we have literally miles and miles of nothing - just open road - and when I say miles and miles I am not talking a few I am talking in the hundreds!! No roadhouses, no villages, no nothing!!
This what you are driving today and next week too - right through the red centre of Australia!!
There are signs on the road - last petrol for 1000km (600miles) and that is exactly what it is - long open road - with nothing!!
The biggest danger is wildlife, particularly at night or stray cows and road trains!! And the biggest accident causer is - sleep - people getting hypnotised by the long straight road and sleeping - or trying to cover too long distances without realising fully the time it takes and getting fatigued and dozing or making mistakes!!

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1GR8FULGAL I still play the catch-up game too. I get behind as well. Hope the sickies pass soon, so know the feeling. Just so glad you're coming along and catching up!



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I missed it! Which way did he go... which way did he go? yep, nodded off, ya snooze ya loose! Yeah, I can sleep through anything. LOL

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Holey Molely! There was a time when they were trying to allow semi's to hold 3-4 trailers out here. We voted no; I-70 has so many accidents now just with two trailers and there has been so much life lost, families devastated etc. I-70 is very busy and the semi's rule the road. Most of the drivers are fairly courteous but some are down right cantankerous. Sure don't want to scrap with them and end up in a squeeze-play.

I don't get on the freeways in MO, but I think the maximum is 65mph and some as much as 70 mph depending what part of the state so we must seem pretty slow to you all. emoticon

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There was a record breaking attempt - he only drove it 100m with those trailers
www.thedieselgypsy.com/Roadtrain_Rec
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But up in Northern Territory and even in WA they can haul 4 or 5 trailers
and believe me - you do NOT get in the middle of that lot - you leave a road train well alone - they get going well and they take time to slow and stop!!

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You need to change your watches on 1 1/2hrs when you cross into Northern Territory
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They just changed the speed limit - max 130km/hr (81m/ph)
but they are likely to change it back to open speed on remote sections of the highway - very soon!!

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I just read where one had 113 trailers..........wow!! I cannot imagine how any one,even the most skillful driver, could ever hope to keep control of that monster road train.....

Breaker...breaker...............this is Trekker Jo....please tell me you got photos of that monster rig?

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emoticon Nope, I don't think I have seen 3 together like that before! I would NOT want to be Driving THAT Rig!!
I think we are Bouncing ENOUGH as it is!!

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and away we go..........today we head back out on the highway...but first, we gotta negotiate the last section of the Gibbs River Road ......uh oh, watch that, that is one deep water .....uh oh, think the camper van is gonna need a bath........when we stop for the night.......:)..both Gail and I are gonna love this.......lots and lots of miles of road......wellllllll, except for the road trains......interesting that.....I don't think I've ever seen three together like that......I've seen two before.....you gotta be a really good driver to handle those rigs.......I've seen trucks heading down the highway in groups, but nothing like this...Breaker,Breaker......I think we got us a convoy.......
www.youtube.com/watch?v=gI5eT
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www.youtube.com/watch?v=YfItk
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"Roll On, Big Mama".......
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handing Gail a cuppa as I sit and watch the scenery.......Gloria and Nas are seated on the couch singing along as I keep urging Gail to 'put the hammer down' .......first chance we have gotten a chance to really go all out like this......we are in the middle of a convoy of road trains and we are having fun, talking back and forth, but mostly just listening in and laughing when they call us 'sheilas'

wow, did you see the size of that last one? *gawking out the window*

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oops you mean the aboriginals painting in cave painting mode wasn't the Abo art I was waiting for? *grin* good thing I didn't buy any yet then. Oh dear the opals. Well then I will forego the lovely purple pink diamond I had picked out and wait for the opals. I not only want a black opal set of earrings but If I can I'd like to pick up a fossil opal and a boulder opal. The fire ones are beautiful, but I prefer the patterns of color against the background of the black opal. It makes them blaze up suddenly like a marquee suddenly coming to life on a dark night.
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OK, I'm still here, following along and bringing up the rear...I am still sick. Not sure what this is but doing my best to sort it out and cope. (I KNOW I am behind on postings...sorry!) I fell asleep w/o p.m. meds, dinner, etc...again! I'm doing my best to catch-up on postings...but I am here.

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I absolutely loved the diamond factory the argyle diamond mine and then more of the beautiful gorge in the afternoon such a great day!!!!!!

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I bought......well, drats, what did I do with it? *grin* what a day.......I loved going back to some of the gorgeous gorges this afternoon.....but touring the diamond mine was beyond comparable......
*singing* www.youtube.com/watch?v=FLebd
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"Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend".......okay, okay, so yeah, that is not me but Carol Channing. ......isn't it amazing how my voice is constantly changing.? :)

I'll try some of that croc pie, Ann. I somehow missed out the other day, but want to try tonight..
~~~just write me in tonight, please, for I just took a pain pill a few minutes ago, and it is kicking in, so I am going to call it a night....never fear, I will be up early in the morning to get ready to head on out, much as I hate to leave.
Nighty Nite.:)

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No crocodile pie for me---but I would like a diamond or two.



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I would just have to carry around my GIA certificate to prove that it was real. emoticon

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LESLIE2561 I like the way you dream! I am partial to opals though. I love their radiance and the different colors they come in. I especially like the fire opals.

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This trip is all about dreaming - but it does sound lovely!! The big trouble is - no-one would believe it was real!!

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I have my eye on a 1/4 carat, fancy vivid green blue (picture a turquoise sea), radiant cut, VS1 diamond, but they want $51,085 for it. I have lost nearly 50 pounds so that would be just over $1000 a pound for a very nice reward. A girl can dream can't she? I guess I will just have to wait until we get to the opal mines. I know that they will be a lot more affordable than the diamonds.

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Plenty of choice there - in tones and size -
I notice no-one was interested in Crocodile Pie - I might have that this evening!! I guess we might be going to "discuss" our purchases today - later this evening!!
Unfortunately you won't get a real chance to dress up and wear them until week 4 - so pack carefully!!
Kacey - don't forget the Aboriginal paintings coming up and opals later too!!

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Well I have clean clothes and then Jackie and I drove to the Diamond mine. I can't believe this mine. Do you believe the range of Pink? I like the pink purple ones, I think I feel a visa card attack coming on. I hope this one is less than the $7,000 they had in the brochure about the Argyle mine. I will never have this chance again. So I'm virtually taking it! Joan what did you end up choosing ?
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This is just incredible. I am so glad I took the time to do this . I feel like I am back in school learning something new around every new turn or bump in the road. I am so in agreement with you Joanie---Wowzers!



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Of course she does.......*grin* I bet she knows this country frontward and backward.....and who can blame her.....I've certainly fallen in love with it........and its people..
and we move forward......Gloria and Gail, did you see that?........wow!! who knew how much detail went into processing diamonds. Where's Jeannie??Oh,yeah, I see her now...back there gazing in awe at some of the raw stones.

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How did she beat us hear, she must know of a short cut not on our map---Bet she will never tell.



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a touring we will go......a diamond mine touring we will go......got my hard hat on.......lead on, fearless tour guide.....Okay, Okay,...I will be quiet......the guide just glared at me...wow, that is really interesting that "Block caving involves undercutting the ore body and
allowing it to break up or ‘cave’ under its own weight
and does not require any blasting." That makes it much safer for the wokers, right? there is both open pit and underground mining...I guess I thought it was all above the ground...

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*grin* no worries on that score, Gail..........what if bought something just because I liked it and then.......*horror of horrors* I then found something that I reallllllly, reallllllllly just had to have.....*grin* and I could not buy it because I had already spent all of my jewelry expense account....*hopping out of the van* wow. we are here. where should we start first? You wanna do the mine tour first and then start shopping, so we can take our time? Let's go check in for the mine tour and leave a note for Ann there, as well.

*giggle* there Ann is......she's way ahead of us as usual.....hi Ann......that is some driving.......we never saw you on the road here...:)

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Here we are at the Argyle Diamond mine - we are booked for a tour - and afterwards you can look in the shop - lots of pink sparklies!!
Then we will head back to the camp site and you can head off for a swim again and check out the gorges for the last time.

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very interesting

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Joanie, are you sure I took the right turn---I can just see the horror on Ann's face if we don't show up where we are supposed to be---- She keeps telling us we travel together, Whew--- there it is, now, that wasn't so hard after all. Pattie, you got your visa, Joanie, don't buy until you see everything---lol, who knows, maybe they will take pity and lower the price if we don't seem to much in a buying mood..



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I left a note on their camper doors and banged, but no sound......guess they are all tired out from the past two days on the Gibbs River Road......actually, I kinda enjoyed it.....it was like old times bouncing over the rugboard roads..

Let's go......you got the directions,Gail?
Head 'em up..move 'em out......*snicker* and no, I am not comparing us to a herd of cattle.....just been wanting to say that....:)
Breaker, Breaker, we are leaving in a camper van.......the 'Diamond Rush Fever" has got us in its grip...........:).we will expect your arrival shortly......too bad we don't still have the didge boys with us......that'd wake them up for sure.....*grin* :)

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Wow, washing is all done and still no one moving around in the other campers. I wonder how far it is to the mine? I think we better get a move on. Like my hubby always says, half the day will be short by the time we get there. Gloria, Joan, let's go bang on their door. Moon, Kacey, LJ, you guys awake?

Ann, Sandra, time is wasting---we have pink sparkles on the brain.



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Thanks Gail, the breakfast smells great! I imagine we will really be moving around today while we get to tour the mines. I've never been to a diamond mine before, this should be exciting!

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I'll wait on my walk... Yes, sure need to wash these clothes. Great idea!

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Nothing like a good hot cup of coffee! Thanks!

I looked at some of the photos about the Aborigines. They seem to be an interesting people. Has their culture been preserved? I don't know too much about this people. I just looked up on the wikipedia link about them for Indigenous_Australians and learned a few things. It's quite interesting to me.

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I see they have a laundry, maybe we better plan an outing there while we are here. Who knows when we might get another chance. If the others are still sleeping why don't we go get our work done and then head on out to the mines, I will leave notes on their campers. Does that sound OK? The lady at the station said that the machines are fast so it shouldn't take to long. We will probably be done before they have their breakfast done ---



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sure, Gail and Gloria.....here ya go. A good hot cuppa for ya both. emoticon emoticon Brekkie is ready........I see that gleam in your eyes, Gail, contemplating just how much you can spend....I suspect we all are. emoticon emoticon emoticon oh, and the emoticon as well as emoticon

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