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Published: October 12th 2016
Inappropriate canoodling by the olds
I am writing this at stupid o'clock in the morning on Thursday sitting in the warm sun as I look at the beautiful view of the mainbeachat Esperance – well if I lean my head to the right and up a bit so I can see over the toilet block and dump point. Hahahaha.
We got in pretty late on the first night so not much to report. We did put the awning up on the tent for the first time though. Plenty of swearing and cursing and putting the wrong pole in then needing to back track, but we go there in the end!
Monday was spent looking at some of the sights in Esperance. We did a loop drive that went to all of the main beaches and lookouts. It was pretty special really. These guys are spoilt for choice between swimming, surfing and fishing beaches. Can't remember what else we did. A little bit of shopping, dropped the oil out of the truck and then dinner at the local pub.
Caught a fish on Tuesday. Finally. A yellow-eye mullet but I'll take it! The kids also got a few and a silver sea sweep so
The kids in a cave at the top of Frenchman's Cap - quite the climb!
that was great and worth getting up early for. The rest of the day was spent at Cape Le Grand National Park. We thought the beaches at Esperance were beautiful but these ones were fantastic. Even managed to get a half hour of beach driving in. Amy braved the water for a swim (still not over 20 degrees), we took a few walks to lookouts and climbed Frenchman's Cap, a 2 hour walk/climb to the top of a ripper little mountain with caves and another great view. We've seen some pretty nice beaches in North Queensland and the Bay of Fires in Tassie, but I think Lucky Bay in the NP has pipped them at the post. Ridiculous.
Yesterday started off with breakfast at a local seaside joint and then some more shopping and prep for the few days to come as we head back up to cross the Nullarbor toward Ceduna. The arvo had been slotted for beachy time as the temperature had reached 25 so we headed off to pick our poison. After much messing about by yours truly we decided on Twilight Beach which was apparently beach of the year in 2006. I don't know who
Another punter climbing the cap.He'd be two feet long at least.
said so or what the criteria were but it was quite a nice spot with a little protection from the rising wind. The bright blues of the water and squeaky white sand are straight out of a travel brochure! We roasted a chook for dinner and spent sometime eating with and chatting to a few of the other campers swapping advice and stories. Suzanne made me go to bed at something like 8pm (boo, hiss) but Dad and Pia have bought me the Bomber Thompson autobiography so that is getting a fair flogging each night. We have also taken to reading to the kids as we often hit the hay at a similar time. At the moment it is a short story by George R. Martin, the bloke who wrote the Game of Thrones series. They love the book, but I have to skip some bits ;-)
Today I am looking forward to getting back out into the sticks, driving a few dirt roads and having a fire at night. A lot of caravan parks don't allow fires... In fact, I must rouse the brats to clear their rubbish out of the tent so we can get on the
The cap from the road - 300m odd high
move. 34 degrees, windy and thunderstorms due for Esperance so we'd better escape while we can! Spotted a shop that sells National Pies (a Tassie brand) so we will grab one of them for brekky – parents of the year!
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