Looking around Leonora

Trip Start Jun 30, 2008
Trip End Aug 30, 2008

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Flag of Australia  , Western Australia,
Sunday, August 10, 2008

We've been clocking up the Ks again after leaving Geraldton.  Our first destination was Dongara, just a little further down the coast.  We had always intended to visit there when A Kath and Garry lived there but they came back to Adelaide too soon, so we saw there home and visited with Colin, the next door neighbour.  What a pretty place it is with lots of history and lovely big Morton Bay fig trees.  After morning tea there off we went and it's official that were heading home because it's all in an easterly direction from now on.  Apart from a short stay in Ravensthorpe with the family.  Lunch on Friday was in Morewa and we were informed that it was definitely wildflower country.  And we weren't dissapointed on the good dirt road from Morewa to Yalgoo.  The sides of the roads looked like they were covered in snow with all the tiny white flowers growing everywhere. Our final destination was Mount Magnet and we camped a little was out of town in the bush.  Had a great campfire and were more than a km off the main road but once again Ore trucks went all night non stop and the sound travels in the clear night air.  Saturday was a beautiful sunny morning and we got an early start.  Saw an area called the Granites near Mount Magnet and then headed east again.  We then came to Sandstone - to re-visit the town after 28 years.  The place is still small but has grown and looks nice and well cared for.  And there's bitumen all the way these days too.  Last time we didn't see London Bridge (a natural rock formation) so that was our lunch spot for the day.  It's been a favourite picnic place for over 100 years.  After a quick stop in Leinster we pushed on for Leonora and kept going to camp for the night at Malcolm Dam.  This was a good place to stay except if it's nice and soft and green right below the dam wall there's probably a good reason.  Peter got bogged!  and David had to use his snatch strap to pull us out.  We also ran out of fire wood last night so it was a good excuse for an early night.  Today we have been on the Golden Quest Discovery Trail which is all about the history of the gold rush era in WA at the end of the 20th century.  We still saw heaps of evidence of new mining everywhere especially the huge Murrin Murrin nickel mine.  Our last stop was Gwalia.  This has a huge mine and Herbert Hoover was even the mine manager before he became the 31st American President.  Many little old houses have been restored and are open in the ghost town for anyone to wander in and out of to see just how hard life was back in those days.  Mind you it is so cold tonight I suggested we leave the camper trailers and take up residence in one of the old iron homes with hessian walls and ceilings.  Don't worry we're in the Caravan Park with the electric fan heater, nice hot showers and I'm definitely using my electric blanket tonight. 
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