Peaceful Menindee

Trip Start Sep 21, 2012
Trip End Oct 27, 2012

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Monday, September 24, 2012

Menindee Lakes Day 4

Today had a nice sleep in listening to the waves crash next to the caravan. It is such a peaceful sound. We slowly dragged ourselves out of bed. (Which mind you was still only 7am.) Put the Kettle on. Jay cooked bacon & eggs for breakfast.

Whilst we ate Breaky we watched the tiny swallows diving into the water right in front of us. The gorgeous white stork landed on the beach not far from us. I caught up with my computer & house work.

Dad & I then went for a 5min walk up the road to the nearest toilets with cameras in hand. On the way there we spotted the cutest little parrots. (Yellow breast with green & a spot of red on their backs.) On the way back we watched a wedged tail eagle land up a dirt track then another swooped in, joining it before they both flew off again. In another tree 2 different sort of parrots landed. They were also a beautiful shade of green with a yellow ring around their neck.

Jay had a few casts of his rod & fed some fish, no luck at the moment.

Mid morning we decided to have a drive into Kinchega National Park. It has a historic wool shed & better still hot showers for a gold coin donation. It's about a 25km along a dirt road. $7.00 entry fee into the park.
Kinchega Station. Built in 1875 of corrugated iron and river red gum, the historic Kinchega Wool shed is a vast and very well preserved classic piece of Australian pastoral heritage.Inside the wool shed, you’ll see wool presses and tables, a machinery room and an original steam engine as well as sweating pens and the board where the sheep were held for shearing. In 97 years of operation, six million sheep were sheared here, an amazing thing to imagine as you wander through this quietly majestic building

A bit of excitement struck not far along the road when a brown snake crossed the road in front of us, not a very big one but still very impressive. We spotted another kangaroo in the distance, further along a family of three were jumping along. Then we saw a dead fox on the road. Yuck.

We arrived at the Historic Wool shed, started to walk inside when Annabel spotted a goanna wondering around beside the entrance. We then explored inside taking photos whilst Bella & Braiden were pretending to be sheep.

Jay & Braiden had some showers (which were supposed to be fantastic) whilst Bella & I took photos of many of the wildflowers.

We then headed back, we spotted the same Kangaroos then up the road further along another Goanna was crossing the road.

We had a quick look at the look out at Menindee. Purchased some more fuel a better price at $1.599 $72.00 better fuel economy this time 14.96L/100km. Jay had to slow down to 80-90km/h along the dirt roads. We bought some fresh bread & Milk.

This afternoon we are just relaxing. Jay's wetting his line, catching carp after carp YUCK.

Picture this: No other campers within 100m. Me: Sitting in my nice comfortable Oz Trail chair, watching the sun slowly heading towards the horizon. Water glittering as the sun hits it. Gentle breeze. Water slowly gently lapping against the red sand shoreline. Birds singing quietly in the trees above me. Before I know it I've headed into a peaceful nana nap. Oh the serenity. Then F*#^ Jays yells whilst he is fitting the new power plug. I wake up with a jump & nearly fall out of my chair. Peaceful dreams gone. Oh well the sun is still warming me up & I feel so relaxed. Tough day but someone has to do it.

In the afternoon  Ma & Pa looked at the Historic Wool Shed & around Menindee town.

Jay & Braiden went to collect fire wood. When Ma & Pa arrived back at camp dad drove me down to the Main Weir to show me all the birds gathering under the bridge, where the gates let thru water from one dam to the next. There were hundreds of all different types of birds swimming in the water below eating fish & flying around. It was an awesome sight.

Braiden & Bella had a game of footy.

Later Jay built a great fire whilst I put on the cob cooker.  (roast beef & vegies.) Whilst tea was cooking Bella & Braiden toasted some marshmellows over the fire. When the sun was setting we took some family photos near the water for our last night at Menindee Lakes. The Dam we stayed at was actually called Pamamaroo Lake.

We ate a late tea chatted around the warm fire & were all in bed by 9pm ready for another early pack up & move on day
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I enjoyed your second blog will now spend rest of arvo reading the rest. 6/10

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