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Published: October 23rd 2014
So it was up before the crack of dawn, quick change and off out to get up to Devils cove before the sun got up. There was just me and a German girl whose name I forget as no one else wanted to get up that early lol. It was still dark and I had my wind up torch at the ready. There was no one else about and all the tree lights were still on all very romantic lol. It was warm especially when we got to walking.
At this point I have to say my walking companion set a very fast pace and I did try to keep up with her as best as I could. I had my boots on rather than flip flops but my foot was still playing me up so eventually I started to fall behind.
The first part of our walk was illuminated but past a certain point once we were in the national park it was pretty dark. We did have the light of the moon but it was far out over the sea and did look beautiful. Now I did think I had charged my smear
via my USB lead but it turns out it drained the battery so my camera was dead. I did however have my iPad with me but it didn't really take good photos of the moon, a little grainy and fuzzy. Check em out lol.
The path was easy to follow and followed the coast but wasn't level with the sea but up above the cliffs. We walked at a very fast pace in the dark. I had to keep winding up my torch as it doesn't stay illuminated very long lol. We chatted along the way when I was able to catch up but eventually she just rocked ahead and left me behind, but not too much.
We finally got to our destination in time to watch the sunrise. It was cloudy out to sea and misty over the mountain tops, so we weren't too optimistic of seeing the sun rise. However we were lucky and saw the sun wake up the Southern Hemisphere. We moved further up the cliff to get a better view without bushes in the way. It was quite a nice sunrise but not as spectacular as I'd hoped for.
After the big event we headed back down the path the way we had come and were passed by lots of jiggers, runners and power walkers. We took a few photos on the way down and kept an eye out for koala's - as you can see we did find one lol.
When we got back to the hostel we went back to bed for a couple of hours and the it was time for brekkie for me and for my German walking partner to head off to pastures new. Before I headed out for the day I decided to book the sunset cruise so I could see a sunrise and sunset in one day :-)
Before heading to the beach to top up my tan I headed to the supermarket to get some supplies for lunch, dinner and breakfast and lunch the next day. It was a bit of a trek in the heat up a big hill and down again. I forgot to get some wine from the supermarket for my sunset cruise so I nipped to the bottle shop, it still makes me smile that it's called that
lol. Then I trogged back up the hill again to the hostel. I put my food and booze away. I had to hide the booze S the licensing laws say no alcohol permitted on the premises so I put it in my locker until later when I popped it into the fridge for an hour. I made a packed lunch and headed to the beach for. Few hours.
When I got back I had a shower and did my washing and out it out to dry, got changed and ready for the evening cruise. After taking I wrong turn and asking for directions I found the boat and boarded just in time. I made my way up to the top deck and joined other people already up there and opened my wine Nd cheesy Doritos - never let it be said I'm not a classy bird lol.
The boat captain gave us a running commentary as we sailed down the creek and passed expensive apartments and holiday lets. There was some nice background music playing and those people in couples and groups chatted. We made open water for the sunset and were also able
to see the moon rise. The captain also told us about the moon eclipse that was due to happen that evening which I was very excited about.
After the cruise I headed back to the hostel and saw Ed in the room and told him about the eclipse as I knew he was a keen photographer. We also had a new roomie, a guy called Peter and we invited him to come along with us. So armed with the rest of my wine and camera and Ed had his camera paraphernalia and wine and Peter just had him and his back pack as he didn't drink, we headed off to the park. However the clouds had rolled in and it didn't look too optimistic for signing the blood moon eclipse.
However we still and went to the park and hung around for an hour or so, chatting and Peter and Ed chatting about cameras and exposure times and how to get the best shots for things etc, all very greeky lol. So we had to call it a night and I was gutted to say the least, the first opportunity I've had to see
a blood moon eclipse and it was cloudy :-(
So we headed back to the hostel and I got all my stuff sorted ready for leaving tomorrow.
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