Archive for March, 2010

Jo and Jeff took a weeks holiday at Duke of Orleans Bay, near Condingup, 80 odd kms east of Esperance.  They booked themselves into the Duke of Orleans Caravan Park, along with Jo’s sister Lyn, her hubby Troy and their adorable kids Tahj and Abby.  And of course I packed my suitcase and tagged along for the ride.

We left Jo and Jeff’s place at 6.30 am, and half way down we had a brief stop in Newdegate, where Jo’s grandparents used to live.  Then we headed east to Lake King and down Cascade Road where we found a couple of great looking letterboxes.  Of course I had to go and have a closer look at them.  Very clever!

After a quick fuel stop in Esperance we drove onto Wharton, arriving at 5.00pm.  Lyn, Troy and the kids were already there,  so we parked the Avan next door and set up camp.  The next morning we had breakfast and headed off for a bit of 4 wheel driving.  Lyn drove the Jackaroo and we found some beaut scenery and I hitched a lift as well.  After a fun day, we settled down with a drink and chatted.  The people next door had a BBQ going and the kids toasted marshmallows, so I set up my own little fire pit and toasted some as well.

On Tuesday we went into Esperance for a spot of shopping and sightseeing.  We had a picnic lunch in one of the parks, where the kids played and I had a go as well.  I rode the rocking horse and then rode an old tractor thingy.

Next we went to the Esperance Museum – now that was a fun place.  I had a ball!!  There’s a big train in there, so I pretended to drive it and then sat in the carriage with Jeff and Tahj.  Then we found 2 horse’s hitched to buggies, so I jumped aboard Bonny for a quick ride … I thanked her for the ride with a little kiss.  In another room we came across some cars, I picked the Austin as my town car, the 1927 Dodge ute as my work vehicle ……. and a Bulldog tractor for that heavy work!!  Back in the main room I found a boat, just my size.  I was in heaven!!  But the other guys got a little sick of my greediness and threatened me with the hand-operated drill if I didn’t behave.  So, a little subdued ….. for all of 3 seconds ….. I moved further through the museum and found a mate in Garfield.  We had a little romp around the museum then I reluctantly left the museum ….. I had to …… the rest were leaving!!  I didn’t want to be left behind.

Next we took the kids down to the town jetty to see Sammy the Sea-Lion ……. we had a little smooch.  And then we saw three of Sammy’s cousins swimming around – what a treat!  Back in the vehicles we drove around the Great Ocean Drive, a lovely scenic drive and I have to say that Esperance has the most beautiful beaches – white sand with crystal clear water.   And we had a sunny day as well – talk about fantastic!  After a full day we headed back to camp for dinner and a coldie.

Thursday night we decided to go to the Condingup Tavern for dinner.  Interesting place and a great meal had by all.  Though some of the crew couldn’t eat all of their meal and took the sweets home for later.  Though me mate Tahj finished his pizza and chips, as well as a large piece of chocy mud cake!  What a legend!  And the guy is just 6 years old!!

Back at camp, we settled down, a little rugged up as it was slightly cold, and chatted about our wonderful week.  We had a great time and I thank everyone for allowing me to join their camping trip.

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What could be better than a belated Christmas at Walpole? I journeyed with Jan and her family in late January to this wonderful spot in the south west, where we stayed at Rest Point Holiday Village – our all time favourite place.

Our first excursion was to the famed “Valley of the Giants” treetop walk. Not for those afraid of heights, this is a meandering scaffold high in the tree tops of ancient karri and tingle trees.

We looked through the Wilderness Discovery Centre, which has many interesting exhibits AND a tourist shop!

Kids – don’t try this at home (but you can get your picture taken at the Wilderness Discovery Centre at the Valley of the Giants and you’ll look just as cool!)

Bec took a few shots of me at Circular Pool, which apparently gets its name from the currents which flow in circles, not the shape of the pool. Unfortunately the water level was too low for us to see the patterns the foam makes…

Fernhook Falls is breathtakingly beautiful, even in summer when the falls are nowhere to be seen!

We went on the Ancient Empires Walk – which sounds like the sort of place you might meet Indiana Jones – but instead it is another amazing forest filled with red and yellow tingle trees.

Whenever our family gets together, Mexican food is sure to be on the menu. One night, we had a feast of homemade beef tacos, Spanish rice, refried beans and, of course, a few Coronas with lime to wash it all down.

Posing me against those huge boulders was a bit of a challenge, that’s why I opted to levitate so you can see the whole vista.

Elephant’s Rock at Green’s Pool is an amazing sight – and not just for the massive rock formations. The water is clear to light aqua and looks good enough to drink!

Bec tried her best to show me off in that impressive landscape.

For anyone planning a trip to the Walpole area I highly recommend this website: http://www.rainbowcoast.com.au/areas/walpole/walpole.htm
It shows all the places we went to plus a lot more.

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