Gone Fishing!

Trip Start Apr 24, 2006
Trip End Apr 24, 2007

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Thursday, July 20, 2006

This week, John, my boss, finally full filled his promise to take me fishing. We had been trying to go for several weeks, but something always came up. However this week we managed to sneak away. It was an excellent time! I saw whales in the ocean, kangaroos in the bush . . . spiders in the loo. Strange but true! Hee hee . . . I like rhyming ;)

We woke up bright and early, which for us is about 8am. Neither bright nor early in the real world, but in the land of pubs, it is shockingly early. After a quick coffee and brekkie we threw our bags in the back of the ute and took off for Bremer Bay. Its about an hour and a half drive south-east of Ongerup. It seemed to take no time at all as I stared at the passing scenery. The paddocks are greener the further south we go and nearer to Bremer they are almost lush. I still find it odd to see sheep in all the fields instead of cows. Arriving in Bremer Bay John makes straight for the lookout. We drive up a small hill towards a giant wind turbine. Hopping out of the ute I run up the stairs of the metal lookout. I can see for miles! I gasp and hold my breath at the beauty of the land stretching out before me. On one side it is paddocks and green land as far as the eye can see, on the other side flat blue ocean glimmering in the sunlight. After a few pictures I climb down, can't stay up there too long as the wind blows strongly and I feel I could blow away. Back in the ute we head into town, Deb has kindly let us stay at her family beach house. Inside it is beautiful. All white with blue accents and shells decorating everything. Just what a beach house should look like in my mind, I feel at peace just sitting in the kitchen. We drop off our bags and head out to find some whales which are migrating near by. Its a drive down the beach, onto a narrow road which turns into the roughest road I have ever driven on. There are puddles that cover the entire road and are the size of small lakes. The road is not paved, and barely a road in fact. The red mud is deeply trenched and we bounce all over. I have always wanted to try off-roading and now I feel I have. Along the way I see a flash of movement. A kangaroo jumps across the road! As we pass the spot where he crossed I look to the side and see this massive male kangaroo staring at me. My first wild kangaroo spotting! So thrilling! Until now I had only seen them in zoos, seeing one in the bush has been a goal and I am so happy to finally see one. The wild ride continues, lasting over an hour before we are spit out onto another beach. This one we drive along until John spots two whales playing in the ocean. My first whale!!!! Never seen one before at all! We park and sit and watch them. The beach is deserted and they appear to be performing just for us. While neither of them jumped into the air or anything, it was still amazing. They rolled around and around, slapping their fins in the water. They seemed to be having so much fun it was all I could do not to jump in and swim out to play with them. After awhile (I could have spent hours there) we head out. We end up spotting about 7 more whales. They are so beautiful! As we start the wild ride back to town another kangaroo jumps out in front of the ute, luckily John is going so slow the little roo is able to bounce away unharmed. Gave me quite the fright though and it took awhile for my heart to stop pounding. Back in town we had dinner at the pub before heading back to the house. Once there I found my third creature of the day, a big old spider in the loo. I made a deal with him that if he didn't move towards me I would leave him alone. I am thankful to say he kept his side of the bargain and I kept mine.

After a lovely sleep I bounded out of bed ready to start the day. A few people from Ongerup where also in Bremer for the day (its a popular vacation spot for locals). So we all met up and drove down to the beach to fish. The beach is mostly deserted againa nd has the most lovely white sand. It's so beautiful I ask if I can stay forever. John tells me I have to work the bar this weekend so no. Fishing in the ocean is an experience. Standing in the surf, my jeans rolled up, clutching the pole, with my face in the sun . . . kind of perfect. Casting the line into the surf requires skill I do not have so while I did try I was lucky that John was willing to cast my line for me (and bait the hook and untangle the line and and and ). I didn't catch anything other than seaweed thankfully. None of us did, but it was still a wonderful day. As we packed up and headed back to Ongerup I was sleepy and so very happy. A great day fishing!
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