First of MANY Washboard roads!
Nov 20, 2010
Dec 01, 2011
First on the route was the windmill farm; half of albany's power is supplied by the nine or ten gigantic windmills just outside of town (and there was definately no shortage wind in the area). Next was what they call the gap and natural bridge. They're on the coastline formed into the massive rocks along it
. The gap is basically just that, a big gap in the cliff where the waves from the ocean flow into and smash high up against the cliff. The natural bridge is just a rock bridge that's been formed into the rock with a sort of basin behind it that you can look into and watch the water flow up under the bridge. It was cool wandering around the big cliffs and rocks between the gap and the bridge but I (Jackie) kept having to remind James to stay back from the edges because he was making me insanely nervous (he had our very expensive camera around his neck and it would be destroyed if he had fallen! haha). After that we went to see a blowhole in the rock along the coast. The waves weren't huge that day so no water shot up out of the hole but if you stood beside it it pushed air up through the hole and it would blast out at a very high rate of speed. After seeing all these things we decided to head towards Esperence and to stay at a free campsite on the way there, which by the way ended up being down 20km of the roughest washboards known to man to a deserted site run by a true grit outback Aussie named Trevor James. We also saw our first LIVE kanagroos grazing with some sheep in a field on the way.
We got up in the morning in our normal routine and then headed off to the town of Albany close by. We did our usual stop at the information centre to pick up brochures and find out what there is to do around town and decided we would see the sights along a tourist drive along the cove by town. First we stopped in town at Dog rock to play the tourists that we are and take a picture with the massive rock that actually does look like a dog head, especially with the collar they painted around the bottom of it.