Mark and Jenny
We stopped in Penong and caught up with a friend I hadn’t seen in over 10 years (after a bit of phone confusion!). We had a great night with Jenny and Mark talking about old times and catching up. We met their son, Ryan, and saw how they lived on their farm in this relatively remote part of SA. I woke feeling a bit seedy, but after a slow morning we headed off to check out the famous surf spot, Cactus Beach. Notorious for it massive waves and sharks! We watched some very skilful locals make surfing look easy!
Body boarding at Berry Bay
Bypassing Eyre peninsular we drove to Edithburgh on the York Peninsular and stayed a week with our close friends Nicki and Steve and their sons Woody and Cooper. We had heaps of fun surfing, jetty jumping and helping them dress up the 'Surf and Tackle' shop ready for the Christmas holiday onslaught. This is always one of our favourite spots to come back to, we felt so relaxed and comfortable sharing great company. The beaches on York’s are as good or better than any we have seen! We had a great evening with Steve and Fiona Drewer and their boys, Connor and Mathew - 2nd cousins to Bryce and Tom I think? - it was fantastic to catch up with them and we enjoyed many laughs. We love Yorkes the familiarity and being among old friends feels like we are home.
Dinner with Anthony and Janet
We stopped in Kalgoorlie for a few nights while a huge storm passed over and we saw more rain than we had seen for many months. Mike’s cousin Anthony works at BHP and we caught up with him and Janet, his fiancee, for dinner. This historic town seems to have more pubs than Darwin! It is all about mining here and the main attraction is the super pit. A massive hole in the earth, which made me feel as though I was looking at a picture of the moon, completely lifeless and barren. Except of course for those gigantic trucks that looked like toys in the huge pit! Bryce said ‘It makes me feel weird inside, sort of sad’. Yes sweetie, I had that feeling too.
The Infamous Nullarbor had us doing some long drives, but with the recent storm and cool weather it made it much easier than the 40 degree temperatures that could be expected at this time of year. Although it didn’t do anything to deter the flies! It was fun to have a fire again and toast marshmallows at a lovely free campsite. The views over the Great Australian Bight were fantastic, the rugged coast line spectacular! The Nullarbor, while long wasn’t as boring as we’d imagined, our expectations of it were much lower than the reality.
Perth is a beautiful city with a friendly and vibrant feels about it, South Perth quickly became a favourite spot for us with
its spectacular view over the swan river to the city. We caught the ferry, visited the zoo and Kings Park, wondered around Freemantle, the markets and the boys favourite, Scitex an interactive science center.
40th Birthday Dinner
For my birthday we went out for dinner with friends that we meet on the road over the past months. It felt incredibly special to be miles from home and still to be able to share my 40th with wonderful friends. Their faces may be quite familiar as they are in many pictures though out our travels.
Mike reconnected with an old school friend on Facebook and we drop in on Todd and Julie and their 3 beautiful teenaged daughters for an afternoon tea. You know when things are going really well when the kids haven’t asked you once ‘when are we are going home’ and before you realize it 4 hours have pasted. It was great to meet you; thank you so much for making us feel welcome and extra thanks to your daughters who, while so much older than our boys took the time to play with them. They loved it!