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Published: October 9th 2016
The Brig Amity
Today is Friday. My birthday. "Please can I have perfect weather, Mother Nature?". "No. F-off".
Nah. Not that bad, really. A little shower during the day but it did not hamper us at all. Got good advice from the park manager on where to fish and from some other campers on the sites.
We headed out early for a look at the Brig Amity
a replica of the first ship to settle white fellas in the area, and then the Gap
and the Bridge
. Two great natural formations looked after by the NP folk. The Gap
made me want to spew – too high up for my fairy butt! From there we went to the best blowholes (does not sound dodgy) ever where you could sit above a small crevice and when a wave hit 30m below the gust of air throws off people's hats, girls hair goes flying straight up and if you watch the newbies have a go it is flipping hilarious!!!
After that we headed toward Emu Point for some 'real' fish and chips – not the frozen and thawed crap you get in Canberra. It was quite good but at $65 for food only,
it was a bit of a surprise. I remember as a kid our family getting $2 chips, 4 potato cakes, three pies and two pieces of fish for under $12-15. And I remember super fuel at less than 40c a litre. And I remember selling cartons of full strength beer for$19.95. Cascade Bitter. Very nice actually! Yes, I know this makes me sound old but the cost of beer and fuel should be tax/tariff free as it is the two most important things in 4WDriving/travelling our great country!
Anyways, we then had a crack at the fish of Albany, but alas, they were once again safe. We had some good strikes and Nathan had a squid right up to the edge but we couldn't drag anything in. Bugger. Dad and Pia arrived in the arvo and we ended up deciding to have another night here so they could see some of the sights.
That freed up Saturday morning for us to get some oil and filters to service the truck and head up to the local wind farm. It has 18 'wind turbines' that generate over 80% of the power needed in Albany – a pretty efficient setup.
But I think the cost was somewhere around $80 million (may or may not be true) so I suppose the bean counters thought it good value.
Speaking of good value, we heard on the radio today that the government has given $22 million to re-inhabit Dirk Hartog Island with wallabies, bandicoots and one other of our native species. If you give me 10 of each species, $1 million, a rifle and two years, I can guarantee the populations will flourish as some say I shoot as well as I fish!
I am writing this part as Suz drives us into Esperance, a 470km trip. Yesterday (Saturday) arvo we all went to the local Wignalls Winery. We had a good chat to the fella running the joint and some people from Perth. A good night with some fellow campers and then, more rain. Well it was actually a brief storm. *sigh*
Esperance for a few nights now. Apparently the weather is meant to come good so maybe some more fishing and even swimming at this stop.
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