Staying a while!

Trip Start Jan 23, 2010
Trip End Jan 29, 2012

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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Well how things change??

Arrived in Coral Bay and without going into too much detail, Fabio has scored some work here and it looks like we might stay a while!!

But first; I love receiving all your comments and emails, so thanks.  I will try and answer the call for some photos of me soon. But I'm the photographer normally, I will try and get in some for the next update! Only if I look fabbo though!

Before we left wonderful Denham (Given Kalbarri the flick, want to live in Denham now!), we had the heads up from some friends that the Ocean Park was a spot that they and their children enjoyed, being able to interact with the sea creatures. It was so great.  The guide was fabulous with the children, and held their attention.  Really recommend a visit if you get the opportunity.  Did you know that clown fish (of Nemo fame) all start off as boys, then when the local female dies, the alpha male jumps ship and becomes the female!  Imagine that...'Oh oh, Marilyn looks a bit worse for wear boys, I feel a change occurring in my loins!......."Hey! How you doing?!" A great, informative, interactive spot which we will do again one day.

Monkey Mia: Well we didn't do the 7am feed (never thought that was going to happen!) but thought we would go there for sunset on our last day in Denham.  So, so worth it!  The dolphins turned up and there were only a few of us on the beach.  A turtle came for a swim too and it really was spectacular and not as commercial as I was led to believe.  Another strange snail type thing (DECs officer told me what it was called but I have forgotten) was skulking around, turns out its a sea snail that eats other shell creatures, so when you see those shells on the beach with the holes in, this little tacker is responsible.  He's got this spike that he pierces the shell with and sucks the life out of the other sucker - literally.  I didn't know that, I thought some hippy was responsible trying to make necklaces....everywhere I've ever been?? Now that I think about it........I should be blonde!

We arrived back in Denham later than expected but thought we would pop into the festival area as the local aboriginals were apparently cooking up a storm and I was keen for us to experience some fine bush tucker.  Well what a disappointment!  Curry fish with salad for main, then bread and butter pudding for dessert!!  Shock of my life! So we went back to the van and I cooked up some witchedy grubs with emu steaks! - We said our goodbyes to the locals that had made us feel so welcome, packed up and the next morning headed for Carnarvon.

Well, I don't know what I expected, but this was not it! Talk about grim, now either I'm over the whole big town thing or I don't know what.  Whilst it had a tropical feel, it also had an industrial vibe.  I was full of hope and expectation when I saw the big NASA satellite dish, but that rapidly diminished as a poor mans Osborne Park started to appear with caravan parks scattered through.  Maybe if there'd have been a park nearer the ocean, I don't know.

Anyway we stocked up on supplies and hot footed it out of there, to a free camp spot 55kms east.  Now I am sure that once upon a time, Rocky Pool was the picnic spot that it professed to be in the brochures.  However with no rain for over a year, this once wonderful spot was infested with dragon flies, all trying to make more dragonflies!  You couldn't work out what was going on, and because their interest was elsewhere, they crashed into us ALL the time.  You really had to keep your mouth shut, otherwise, there really would be an occurrence.  I found it quite tricky! 

The river bed was really dry although there was still a watering hole that the wildlife still used.  Met a couple there that claimed they were true bush campers.  The chap told me about a dead pelican that he had moved away from the waters edge and as we were talking he spotted a dead kangaroo.  Then they proceeded that they were going to freshen up in the watering hole later.  I must have made some sort of reaction that was obviously not as discreet as I thought as he then went on to justify it.  'The water is actually quite fresh and you can tell as there are fish in there and no dead ones' - Right. Yes. What I didn't say was 'But what about the dead pelican and roo.'  Hey, I'm new at this, so call me sceptical.

We headed towards Coral Bay......What a spot.  Felt instantly like we were on holiday as we arrived.  It's got that type of vibe.  My father in law knew one of the locals, so we looked him up on arrival.  Turns out, he is THE local and after a few coffees, several "OMG yes I know him too!"s, Fabio and him are BFFs.  Upshot is, holiday feel up and left and work hat got put on.  So will stay for a while. 

I'm trying to pluck up the courage to go snorkelling; don't judge!  I'm just not that keen on knowing what is down there.  The children have been loving it though and after some lessons from one of the dads, the children went around the reef and Jack recons it was one of the best days of his life!  Even I, by just walking knee deep in water, saw some amazing coloured fish.  Soooo I will do it...I WILL!!  I think I might invest in an underwater camera...

So until the next update.......G'day from Coral Bay!!
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Neil & Fran on

keep up the comments guys we feel that we are with you on your adventure could have told you that Carnarvan was a s----/hole i used to rep there, loking foreward to your next report.
Love Neil & Fran

M & M on

hi di ho travellers

great to hear from you, sorry we have been a bit slack, not like us i know...we really do enjoy hearing from you and the pickies are all look wonderful ( & Mandy we know if you were in a photo you would too!) - we will keep looking at the caravan & camping story from the paper (your claim to fame) to make sure we dont forget what you look like :):)
All is well here, working hard, playing it fun? how are the children going, do you get much schooling done? is it all you hoped for and more? we think of you often...mikes misses you fab. love always (even though sometimes you may not realize it!!) will try to be better in the future :):) xx

Emily on

Hi all
I know I know ...we loved Coral bay. Mandy you MUST get in that water and snorkel. It is just fantastic .......
Looking good guys.


The Boyds on

Ypu guys are bringing back so many memories for us - it is awesome. Even the kids have commented how you have been to places we have - good memories (& I thought they would not retain much - I was wrong - fantastic learning). Kim wants to pack up again. Mandy i have quit work last week (retirement!!) to be a full time mum & gym junkie after working full time- way too hard. Only trouble is my body doesn't cope - already pinged my knee so need a MRI. Also crashed into some of your friends at BBall - Brody plays for Scarborough & there are your freinds from DV school playing too. (Chevourne - spelt wrong I am sure). Lovely family. Will write more soon once i settle & catch up on everything that has accumulated the last 6 months of work. Travel safe.

Hutchens Family on

Funny that!!! Everyone reacts the same way about Carnarvon!! Glad to hear your still having a good time, keep them coming, look forward to hearing about your adventures. Travel safe xxxxxx

fifi & the girls on

hay how are you doing
just typing to see what u are doing email back later
lve fifi & THE GIRLS AND MAK

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