Sal Salis!!!!

Trip Start Sep 20, 2012
Trip End Ongoing

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Sal Salis
What I did
Wonderful coastline, fringing coral reefs, lovely people and kangaroos

Flag of Australia  , Western Australia,
Friday, October 5, 2012

I have been looking forward to this section of the trip ever since I discovered 'Sal Salis' existed. It looked at one point that we weren't going to be able to stay at this wonderful place as it looked completely booked out. After tears and a small tantrum from me (and I jest not), Nick from Lateral Travel (who has helped arrange this trip) came to the rescue. Nick knows the owner of Sal Salis - Charlie. A quick email and a couple of calls later and Nick has secured us the couple of tents that we need. I love you Nick!!! The best bit turns out that the reason it's booked is because Charlie and his family, plus some family friends are staying and as they had kids under the allowed age they couldn't open it up to the public. This is actually great news for us - a camp full of kids means we hardly see ours for the next 2 days!

We turn up at 12 for an immensely kind invitation to join everyone for a BBQ lunch. T and I are immediately struck by the peacefulness of the place. Its slap bang in the middle of Cape Range National Park; a low density, low impact camp - only 16 (I think) guests allowed at any one time. Tents are luxurious, attention to detail is excellent and the surroundings are beautiful. 

We relax immediately. Charlie & Clare and their friends Jane and Martin are laid back, interesting and lovely people. All the kids immediately hit it off. I immediately wonder how I can get a job here and then remember I am no longer 20 and have other responsibilities. How annoying. 

One delicious BBQ later and T and I wander down to the sea (a grand total distance of a whole 20 meters) and spend a lovely afternoon drifting down the beach on the current doing a bit of snorkelling. 

Not much else to report other than a wonderful afternoon reading and snoozing. Kids all eat together at 6 while the adults have canapés and watch the sun go down. Some tired behaviour from Annabel puts paid to the kids watching a movie on the iPad at bedtime, instead they read and John insists on writing some more in his journal. I discover, the next morning, that he's written a whole tract - entirely on his own. It wasn't entirely decipherable but nevertheless its a very sweet indication that the kids are really appreciating what they are seeing here.

Dinner was perfect. Lovely company, delicious wine, great food.  We retire for the night - blissfully happy.


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