Soggy Pinnacles Desert (by Symone)

Trip Start Jul 07, 2010
Trip End Sep 02, 2010

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A little caravan park trapped in the 70s

Flag of Australia  , Western Australia,
Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Well it rained last night and this morning, so we woke up to a soggy campsite but were thankful we weren't in a tent. Although it was less than ideal walking weather, it was even less sitting-in-a-small-van-and-going-crazy weather, so off we went to the Nambung National Park to see The Pinnacles.  The Pinnacles are a bit of a mystery to geologists and other scientific type people. The jury is out on how they formed and what they actually are.  What we do know is that they are made of limestone and there are as many below the sand as there are showing above it.  Some of the pillars are 5 metres in height, although most are smaller than this, averaging about 1-2 metres.

Some people say they are seashells from ancient seabeds that have solidified, then due to the rain etc, have lost their calcium content and have left only the limestone.  Others believe that they are the petrified remains of ancient forests.  It seems that they have only been uncovered fairly recently, over the past few hundred years, due to shifting sands. This is because surrounding landscape features are mentioned in the logs of Dutch sailing ships of the 1600’s, but the Pinnacles, which stretch for acres, aren’t mentioned at all although sailors came ashore in the area.  They do feature in indigenous stories that range back about 6000 years, but were only noticed by white men from the early 1900’s.

The effect of the pillars randomly scattered through the desert is a little weird.  It would be a great landscape for a movie set on another planet.  Walking through them, Lyndon and I decided we favoured the petrified tree theory as they did look like tree stumps and sort of clumped together like forests do. What we do know is that if there was a forest there years ago, it would have been very well watered, as we got drenched in the process and spent the trip back to Cervantes steaming ourselves dry with the heater blasting.  Thankfully the sun came out in the afternoon so the kids had a great play at the park while Lyndon read his latest pirate inspired tale and I dozed.

Tomorrow is our last day before our flight home Thursday.  This means we are down to eating odd combinations of food and wearing socks that should possibly have biohazard signs attached to them!  Only 250km to Perth, a mere hop, skip, and a jump for seasoned travellers like ourselves
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Oh no! It is drawing to an end all too soon :(
The latest pictures of the kids together are gorgeous xx

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