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Published: April 16th 2010
Day 337 - Mystery Bay
Blissful, waking up in close proximity to the beach is just blissful. There’s nothing to distract or disturb us here at Mystery Bay. There are no shops, a relatively small population and only the sound of the birds and the ocean.
Dar’s enthusiasm for fishing, to his credit, hasn’t waned despite the bad luck he’s had. On our early morning walk yesterday we came across a fisherman who was just reeling the catches in. He’d got down onto the beach about an hour before sunrise and had a bucket full of Taylor and a few Salmon. Dar cross examined what bait he was using and left determined to have another go - today was his next chance! Armed yet again with the rod, bait and bucket we set off to the beach.
Darryl chooses his spot carefully and I left him to it. I took myself around Mystery Bay and walked through to Eurobodalla National Park which looks no more or less pretty than Mystery Bay but has ‘national park’ status. I meet a very athletic couple enjoying the early morning fresh air with their two beautiful Labra-doodles running beside them, it’s very
When I got back to Dar his bucket was sadly still empty, his dream of catching the big fish was still eluding him. Never mind, he’s his normal chirpy self so it’s not life threatening just yet!
Something that was almost life threatening, the temperature of the water! We love to snorkel and despite the choppiness of the water thought it would be a shame not to give it a go. To be fair there were other people in the water but most of them were either squealing or had wet suits on. With only our British pride to keep us warm we braved the waves for about fifteen minutes. It’s an interesting place to snorkel, there’s plenty of fish out there which at least spurred Darryl on for one more go at fishing later in the day! We also came across a small eel who didn’t look too chuffed that we were swimming through his spot, they’ve got a mean looking face and big teeth!
We abandoned our belongings on the beach and wandered off for a walk, pretty much retracing my steps from this morning. It was easier to navigate through to the national
park section now that the tide was out, this morning I’d had to do a bit rock climbing and ocean wading! We searched every inch of sand for a replacement sea anemone. I’d found a tiny but perfectly formed red one yesterday and this morning I broke it! Darn and double darn! I’d been lucky and found it the other side of the national park boundary yesterday, there’s a ‘no take’ policy within the national park but today we couldn’t find any in either section.
Because we’d nicked off really early this morning, we’d missed the visit from the caretaker man who collects the money. Worse than that, we’d missed the gossip update on the women’s group who came through the campground chanting and singing yesterday. They are here for their ‘re-birthing’ today at nearby Billys Beach. I’m gutted now that I didn’t get the opportunity to chat to one of the ladies yesterday, it’s a subject I know nothing about. Unfortunately we’re also told the group are ‘not that keen on men’ so any trip plans we had to visit Billy’s Beach are immediately squashed and I’m not that keen on being nosey on my own! Instead the
rest of the day was spent blogging, fishing and drinking with the neighbours! Vicky and Jay live near Wangaratta (country Victoria) and this is their favourite holiday spot. So much so that they’re intending to sell up and move here. The move will be permanent but there’s more excitement on the cards once they’re settled - they’re going to take off around Australia with their caravan. Well we know all about the fun that they’ll have so excitedly chat about their plans for the coming years. Hours passed, several delicious drinks were consumed, dinner was cooked a roaring fire was lit and new friends were made. It was a great night and we thoroughly enjoyed their company, what a shame we’re on the move for pastures new in the morning.
Dar and Sar
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