Day 174

Trip Start Sep 21, 2011
Trip End Sep 21, 2012

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Flag of Australia  , Western Australia,
Monday, March 12, 2012

Argh, that was just about the hottest, most uncomfortable night's sleep (or lack of sleep) I’ve ever had. I feel sorry for the person on the bottom bunk below me, as I think my sweat may have soaked through the mattress and on to her in the night… Anyway, once again up at 7.00 in the hope that those dopkhins are going to decide to grace us with their presence this morning and come in for breakfast. Head down to the beach and wait… then suddenly in the distance, a pair of fins! Closer… closer… eventually about eight dolphins come in towards the shallows. Awesome. Us humans have to stand on the beach as we’re not allowed to touch the dolphins in case the become un-wild, oh and because someone once got their arm ripped off by one or something. Anyway, the dolphins actually line up in the sea and then volunteers feed them some fish. It’s just a little snack, otherwise they become lazy and just hang round the beach all day getting fed. God I really want to be a dolphin. Then when they’re done they just truck on out and be on their merry way for the day. Sooooo cute! Mothers with babies and some with funny shaped fins from where they’ve been attacked by sharks. Aw.

Conitnue our good start to the morning with a nice dip in the sea, then unfortunately it’s time to truck out and get back in the car and head for Ningaloo Reef. It’s about a centimetre on the map but actually turns out to be seven hours of driving. This country is just ridiculously big. Stop in Carnarvon for lunch, ooh we’ve got one of those in Wales! No big castle in this one though. Then make several 'wee and tea’ stops along the way. Unfortunately the drive takes us out of the range of any radio station for about half of it, thus putting an end to ‘NIc n Jess’ Road Trip Singalong Marathon’ (or compliation CD will be coming out any day now.) We stopped at a roadhouse where they had some CD’s for sale. It comes to something when you’re seriously considering the Cheeky Girls Greatest Hits, just to have something to listen to. The guy behind the counter heard our predicament and actually offered to lend us his I-pod, provided we dropped it back on our way back down. How nice is that? We didn’t accept as we would probably end up doing something hideous like reversing over it, but you’d never get that back home. Eventually arrived at Coral Bay and the Ningaloo Reef hostel. We’re actually here for less than 24 hours so we need to get ourselves booked onto a reef trip for tomorrow morning. Unfortunately all the tour booking places are shut. Bugger. I hope we can book on a trip in the morning otherwise we may just have driven seven hours for nothing! Decide to get in the car and explore Coral Bay – turns out we didn’t need the car as the resort ended at the beach, 100 yards away. Went for a nice dip in the sea, did some snorkelling and saw… nothing. Okay, I hope there’s more to see further out or this trip really was for nothing. Back to the hostel, where joy of joys I realise that Coral Bay is currently besieged by a plague of crickets. UGH. They are vile, it’s the way they jump suddenly and bounce off you, I did not like it one bit. And I may have shrieked a few times. Poor Nic got one stuck down the back of her dress. She asked me to help her remove it but I don’t think me screeching ‘I can’t, I can’t’ whilst whacking her back was what she had in mind. Ooh they really are horrible you know. Oh, and add into the mix a billion more flies – time to escape to the room I think. Total bliss – this room’s got air con! All I can say is – amazeballs.
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