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Published: November 4th 2012
On our way to Hawker we saw a guy broken down on the side of the road. We stopped to help him. He had run out of petrol. WE had to drive him back to this cute, old town called Quorn (pronounced corn). It had a really great 2nd
handbook shop. I got a few more books (what a surprise). He got some petrol and we drove him back to his car. He was a nice young guy. He said his wife was due to have a baby any day.
Hawker was great. The caravan park had a pool. It was really hot the afternoon we arrived so dad took James and I for a swim. The water was freezing. But it was good to be back in the water again. The next morning we drove out to Wilpenia National Park (Flinders Ranges). There is a resort out there. It was really flash for a national park. We all did the Homestead pound walk and went up to the look out. Thank god a courtesy bus came along and dropped us back. It was a really hot day and we drank all our water on
the way out to the homestead. I saw a tree in the shape of the letter T. Mum took a picture of me doing the Today Show T standing next to it. (We emailed this picture to the Today Show and they put it on their show. WE saw it). The next morning dad and I got up super early and climbed Mt Olgasse. This took about 3 hrs. It was 3kms up and 3Kms down. I had the biggest blisters on my heel when we got back.
After that we went on a big 4wd adventure looking at aboriginal rock art, gorges and surprise, surprise we blew another tyre. We put the spare on and drove very carefully to Leigh Creek. We were so excited to go to Leigh Creek cause my Grandfather Carl and uncle Glenn put all the power lines up from Leigh creek to all the different stations around Leigh Creek. I spotted them first. They went for miles and miles. There was one section that was a bit saggy. We thought that uncle Glenn must have put that one up (only joking Uncle Glenn). Leigh Creek itself is a pretty new town.
It is a mining town. They had to move the whole town when they discovered that most of the coal lay beneath the town. Peter (the car taker at the caravan park) looked after us really well. He was such a lovely man. We ran out of bread so he went and got us some and wouldn’t take any money for it. His wife died and now he is on his own. Mum would love to find someone for him. Peter told us to go to the next town to get a Quondong Pie. They were soooo good.
The next day we had to drive all the way to Port Augusta to get a new tyre. We drove on to Mt Remarkable. It was really beautiful and green. There was only one massive problem!!! FLIES!!!!! We had an early night cause we had to climb the mountain the next day (Great! NOT!!) Actually the walk wasn’t too bad and we got to see a really beautiful view of the Spencer Gulf.
We packed up after the walk and drove onto the Yorke Peninsula. Mum made dad stop at this seafood place that she had
heard about called Harry’s. They left us kids in the car and came out with all this stuff!! They were so excited. Heaps of jars of pickled seafood and fresh oysters (YUCK!!) luckily mum was thinking of me and also had some lollies.
The Yorke Peninsula
We then drove into the Yorke Peninsula, which is the second of the South Australian peninsulas and stopped at a lot of the towns along the way. Mum and Dad liked a lot of the little towns on the Yorke Peninsula but they were too small for me. We ended up staying at a place called Port Victoria. We were on the beach but it was really windy. The next day we went to a town called Point Turton. It was really pretty but the coldest day of our trip so far. We stayed for 2 days and the first day it was 5 degrees all day and really wet and really windy. I met some really nice friends from Darwin. They were staying in a camper trailer and mum and dad were worried about how cold they would get during the night. But they were still alive
by the next morning, which was a lot warmer so I played with my friends on bikes all day.
Our last stop on the Yorke Peninsula was Stansbury. This was a great place. I met heaps of friends. I played dodge ball with them. Instead of a ball we used this giant blow up dart. It was really fun. The next day my new friends and I went exploring up the beach. We were in search of hermit crabs. We found about 30 of them. We met another nice couple called Stan and Margaret. Stan had no legs because a car ran into him while he was getting a hose from the back of his fire engine when he used to be a fireman. He still gets around pretty well though. Mum and Dad had to but yet more oysters and King George whiting. James ate 3 of the 4 pieces of fish though – James loves fish almost as much as he loves chips. I made apple crumble that night. It was excellent. I gave some to Stan and Margaret and they loved it.
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