Jun 24, 2010
Jul 11, 2010
! The beaches up North here are stunning. Byron Bay is nice too, with a big white lighthouse and amazing rocky formations dotted around a huge bay, but the town itself is extremely touristy. We chose to head a couple miles North to Brunswick Head to make camp. Its a small town that is still relatively undiscovered by tourists... we had heard about it from a local a few days earlier. Once there, we ate salami and avacodo sandwhiches followed by grilled prawns later in the day. Cody really liked the prawns a lot and could have eaten a whole bucket if given the chance. Tonight at dusk we had hundreds of huge bats fly over. Some came in low through the trees like flying rats, and some were way up high, but all of them were headed east toward their beach. Their wingspans ranged from 2 to 3 feet across. Not sure what kind they were, or where they were going, but we will definitely ask about that in the morning. We went out to the beach to look for them, but it was pitch black and there was no sign of them. We did hear some rustling in the bushes, and thought it might have been a poisonous snake, so a few of those bats would have been welcome. The night sky is soooo clear here. We could see the milky way and all the stars like never before. Also right after nightfall there was a bright planet of some kind over in the Eastern sky. Not sure what happened to the moon, but i'm sure it would have shown up if we'd stuck around longer. It gets dark pretty early here.
Awesome day! Sun, sun, no rain. the place we stayed last night must have had a lot of other campgrounds to compete with. It had had multiple pools, toddler toys, a movie room, weight room, video arcade and a giant inflatable trampoline called a jumping pillow. Tyler and Cody really enjoyed doing tricks on this and maddy liked to watch. Mike and I got on there too, but limited our acobatics to landing on our feet. We also did some laundery while there. Then after that we went for a walk on the beach to a rocky point where we saw lots of really good surfers having fun and 20+ dolphins up close (also having fun) and in the distance we saw humpback whales breaching. They were blowing water through their blow holes! At on point, a huge wave broke on the rocks while Mike and Cody and Tyler were standing nearby watching dolphins, but we had a wind at our backs, so even though the spray went 30 feet in the air they barely got wet! Amazing morning, and awesome to be able to take in the beauty of God's creation without spending a dime