Big trees, little trees, cardboard box

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Monday, March 17, 2008

Having worked hard for at least 3 weeks we thought it was time for a holiday, yes I know you all think we are already on holiday but we needed a break from this holiday with another one. As we are still awaiting approval for our visas it was also an ideal opportunity to get out and see some more of the state in case we have to exit stage left at short notice.
South WA looks delightful and charming in the brochures so we planned a full itinerary that would get us to Esperance for some (more) stunning beach action alongside some beautiful national parks we could explore. We packed all the essential camping gear, the walking shoes, cans of soup and $2 noodles (which we thought we had seen the back of since leaving Broome), the body boards, suncream and raincoats (just in case). We had barely made it to Margaret River before the blazing heat of Perth disappeared and the heavens opened. We made it as far as Pemberton before setting up camp for the night amongst the trees alongside a lake - which I am sure, would have been delightful if we had been able to see it through the swirling mist. We made a brief stop en route to the Gloucester Tree. Yes ok so it's just a really big tree (big woof, wanna fight aboud eet?) but it's very cool. It's one of the original fire trees with iron pegs set out to the very top, where a platform gives superb views of the surrounding forest. Now climbing a tree isn't all that, normally, but this tree is mahoosive and near the top you have to climb a vertical ladder. Now picture this, when your legs go into muscle spasm and you are a billion feet up a tree (although signs say its only 61metres) with no harness, no ropes and still need to get down without falling to a messy death. (Never let it be said we don't use artistic license to dramatise our stories).
After waking up to the sounds of nature rustling in the long grass we set about driving to the Valley of the Giants and the Tree Top Walk just down the road in Walpole. Not much we can say except that it's a really nice way to spend a few hours walking the around the tree top canopy, it would have been so much nicer in good weather but come on we are winging poms, so we are used to rain (it helps cure the homesickness too).
Sadly our onward journey was curtailed due to inclement weather with forecasted flood warnings (anyone would think we are in Kent not Australia) and so we never did get as far as Esperance, which is a real shame but it will stay on the "to do list" ready for next summer.
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keenos on

weather report from kent
last week - enough snow to make a four foot snowman in our garden - few weeks ago, gales brought down two trees- one landed on our shed , the other on the neighbours caravan! lost our suntans now too. but summer is on the keepin our chins up! shame you didnt make esperance (try again) even though it cos us dearly the week we were there (maz's biggest garage bill nearly meant we didnt go any further but really glad we did)now searching the garden centres for an affordable tree fern like the ones in the forests...are you and priscilla still together? thinking of you...

jen_and_chris on

Re: weather report from kent
Hi great to hear from you - sorry to hear about the weather its lovely and warm here again now :)
Sadly we parted with Priscilla and she is on a new adventure now with a german couple.There is every intention of attempting Esperance again (at some point) and as far as I am concerned this trip is far from over. There is undiscovered territory in SA, NSW, VIC and ACT, maybe we will be reunited with priscilla....we have friends coming over from England in a few weeks so that is a great excuse to do some of the fun stuff all over again even. Take care and maybe see you back in oz in the future. Cheers Jen :)

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