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Trip Start Apr 05, 2010
Trip End Nov 19, 2010

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Nature Park ( free camp)

Flag of Australia  , Western Australia,
Tuesday, May 4, 2010

One month into our trip with 5000km travelled and 16 set ups/pack ups completed we have all adapted to our new nomadic lifestyle. Leaving your normal day to day life and your loved ones behind and accepting that your home is a caravan, took a while for all of us deal with. Other people we know who have done similar trips say, "it takes a while," which was so true. Every little thing you normally take for granted isn't necessarily at your finger tips, but you adapt, make the most of what you have and remind yourself youre doing a once in a lifetime adventure.

Having purchased some music recommended to me by Brian and Michelle we left Kalgoorlie headed for Wave Rock. The first 200km of this trip is on bitumen then a left hand turn just before a town called, Southern Cross, where its dirt/sand road for the next 150km .The most striking thing about his drive was the magnificent maroon colour of the tree trunks shining in the morning sun as we cut our way along the sandy track. John Williamson was the recommended music for our trip, but to be honest we couldn't really get into him, giving it a couple of hours it got to the stage where we couldn't take any more. Out of the CD player he came, we were questioning ourselves, are we unaustralian, everybody loves him so we gave it another try but nah he has to go, so if you're ever on Emu Fence Rd between Southern Cross and Hyden please contribute to the newest Tree, The CD Tree, with old man emu being its first inductee.

Now I'm not really into rocks, so I was really hoping that Wave Rock would be worth the trip as we pulled into the car park. A quick lunch then it was off to have a look. Amazing was the general consensus amongst us, just the shape and colour of this thing make it truly unique, we took the cliche photos of each of us surfing the wave and then thought that's it, but wait there's more, there's a great walking trail that takes you across the top of the rock with informative signs giving you an insight into the area and its rock formations. The wave is the star player here but he is not alone and only forms part of a really interesting landscape. Back on ground level we walked along a track to the Hippos Yawn, another rock formation that was pretty special. I say I'm not into rocks but that's two days in a row (one man made, one natural) that rocks have impressed me.

We jumped back in the car as we wanted to get a bit further down the road so as to have a shorter trip tomorrow into Esperance. Driving for another couple of hours we drove through a town called Varley, that actually has signs up promoting waving to other motorists, I thought somebody was trying to take the p--s out of me. We ended up pulling into a roadside nature reserve about 10km outside Ravensthorpe for another free camp.

Tomorrow is a day we've been looking forward to for a while. A few weeks before we left I put it to mum, would she come and join us somewhere for a while as a mothers day gift, Mum was really keen, a great mate John Thompson (Thommo) got wind of the plan and offered to chaperon mum over, then my niece Lucy jumped on board as she is keen to catch up with her cousins, the logical place for this was Esperance as Mums brother Mocca lives there, we would be there around mothers day and Thommo was keen to see more of the area. So plans were made and we pick them up from Esperance airport at 2.40 pm tomorrow. We cant wait.
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Brian on

Hi there, I hope Nan made it safe and sound.I bet she has not stopped smiling yet.

Brian on

How did the visit go ??
Mothers Day was not the same with out Nan around.(No Aireys Pub)
Hope you spoilled her on Mothers Day and treated her to a wonderful Lunch or Dinner.
Torquay just seems a little empty not having her here.

jessen on

Hi Brian, No i bet it wasn't the same. No Aireys Pub ,but a picnic lunch at Lucky Bay with a beautiful 25 deg was just as nice. Mum had a fantastic time. I bet she's tired tonight.

Auntie Pat , Maree, John and gang on

Glad you had a great mother's day with Nan, hope Tan got spoilt too!
Got any pics with Nan, Mocca?
Continued safe travels.....lots of love......all of us XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

jessen on

Hi Guys, have got a few goog pics of them comming up from Cape Le Grand.

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