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Trip Start Jul 25, 2012
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Nannup Caravan Park

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Sunday, November 4, 2012

I arrived in Nannup on Sunday night and it's now Thursday and I'm still here...it's such a beautiful, peaceful spot alongside the Blackwood River.
The miserable cold, rainy weather followed me and hung around raining on and off for two days and wiith so much rain over the last week, the van sprung a small leak, just enough to be annoying as it was just above my head. I couldn't do much about it and contented myself to the fact that I would have to make adjustments to my sleeping position for the night. So,I turned the bedding upside down. The dogs were totally perplexed by this unusual change in their sleeping habits and just kept staring at me, with a somewhat puzzled look on their faces not knowing what to do.

I finally settled down feeling quite cocky; knowing that the raindrops were going to fall on Luana's head and not mine... Next morning the sky was still overcast, but by midmorning the sun was peeking through the couds and I decided to take the dogs for their daily walk before conditions changed and the sky opened up again. I had taken them on most of the trails, and to the park and ampitheatre at the end of the street so, I thought we would go down towards the river bank. As there were no other dogs around to send them into a barking frenzy I took their leads off and just let them wander along at their leisure, when suddenly I saw a bloody black snake wiggle its way into the bushes just in front of me.

Holy Crap! 

My heart started racing and I felt sick and a little wobbly. My first instinct...after 'recovering' was to grab the dogs before they decided to chase it into the bushes, and hightail it out of there. I know snakes are suppose to be harmless unless provoked...but I wasn't going to hang around to find out.

Nannup's name is of Noongar Aboriginal origin, meaning either "stopping place" or "place of parrots", and was first recorded by surveyors in the 1860s. The area was initially known
as "Lower Blackwood", and was first explored by Thomas Turner in 1834.
In 1866, a bridge was built over the river and a police station was
established. A townsite was set aside in 1885, surveyed in 1889 and
gazetted on 9 January 1890.[2] In 1906, a primary school and shire office were built.
In 1909, a railway (no longer in operation) was built from Jarrahwood, linking to the South Western Railway and allowing the export of Nannup timber.

There are two walk trails that meander through bushland where you can
see a variety of native trees, including Jarrah Marri, Balga and various
species of Banksia and Melaleuca. Spring is the most impresseive time -
September through to November sees a range of orchids...though I haven't seen
any yet on my walks.

I may take off tomorrow or I may just linger a little longer, after all I don't have a deadline to meet. 

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