How stupid can 2 people be?

Trip Start Oct 24, 2005
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Trip End Oct 20, 2006


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Thursday, June 29, 2006

After having driven across Australia you would think we would have learnt and flown back. 6 Days driving 10-11 hours a day on straight roads of nothingness is something i never want to do again.We set off one Friday night and spent the next 3 days driving seeing nothing but kangaroos (which nearly made us crash).
On the way back to Queensland i wanted to try our luck on the Opal fields at Lightning Ridge famous as the only source of black Opal in the world.So on the fourth day of driving we were eventually there.The best thing we discovered about lightning g Ridge was the famous Bore Baths. There is a natural spring in the middle of the town and they have made public baths from it. We went at night time so we could sit in the 42 degree water and look at the stars. It was lovely.
There isn't actually that much fosicking to be done in Lightning Ridge itself so we drove about 60kms out to a huge dump pile for the actual miners. We spent the next 2 days searching for our fortune digging in the dirt. We didn't actually find anything of any value, just lots of "potch" which still looks pretty but isn't worth anything. We also met a chap who could see our dissapointment at not finding anything and so he gave me a couple of pretty pieces of his to keep as a memento.
After our opal trip we headed on back to the Gold Coast.


We arrived back on the Gold Coast as it was Sallys favourite place. I liked the fact there were people, shopping centres, beaches, bars etc etc. all close together. I think Spencer would have settled for a caravan on a deserted beach anywhere in Australia but i need to see people. It was so nice to be back in civilisation again after seeing the outback for the last week and a half.
It was definitely easier to find jobs here and loads of apartments to choose from.
We ended up sharing an apartment in the middle of Surfers Paradise and both got jobs - Spencer in an arcade and me waitressing. We also both got a job selling Timeshare!! It can be disheartening sometimes but the people we work with are nice and it has resulted in quite a few nights out on the booze, along with 3 day hangovers for Spencer!!
For now we are working hard as my parents are coming out to visit in 2 weeks and I can't wait. Lets just hope they get on the plane first........
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