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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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