Day 60

Trip Start Sep 23, 2012
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Australia  , Western Australia,
Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Persistence is very important!! After Chloe's failed attempt to win the prize money for being photographed with the New Idea at a famous place (Broome camels) she tried again today. This time enlisting the support of Emmy they posed at Wave Rock with the New Idea in hand. Only time will tell if they win the $100.
We left Perth through some heavy traffic down a variety of back roads and highways thanks to Google Maps. The country side came really quickly as we headed East towards Hyden approximately 350 kilometres away. The terrain was mostly a continuing forest for the first half of the trip broken up by the unusual sight of fold out chairs on the side of the road with names like Bruce and Bob on them. Obviously someone had too much time on their hands. After that we entered the WA wheat belt and the home of big tractors and wheat silos. Each small town had a display of machinery in their main street. No playgrounds just giant tractors and ploughs for the kids to play on. Throughout the day we encountered trucks with wide loads or oversized loads. It can be quite unsettling as the roads are very narrow.
As we approached the Wave Rock area it was surprising to see so many tracks heading off the main road to a whole host of other "rocks." In the area there is 20 to 30 other named rocks.
We arrived at Wave Rock Caravan Park and it is right next to Wave Rock. We quickly set up and walked to the viewing area. The rock is 115m high and 110m long. Up close it is really impressive and an amazing result of nature's powerful forces. We posed for what seemed like a 100 photos and walked to the top where there is a dam. Also on the top is a knee high fence made of flimsy cement sheet to trap water and maybe to keep off over adventurous tourists. The flies were very friendly and seemed to enjoy our company. We did the 1.8 km walk to the Hippo's Yawn and were 'attacked' by the flies. The caravan park had a great undercover area with a BBQ, seating and a small TV. The girls were very excited as they got to watch the X Factor GF and barrack for the WA girl Samantha Jade.
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