Alright, I've gotten VERY behind in these blog entries, so it's time to play some catch-up... An Essay
The weekend upon my return from the Northwest, I was on essay lockdown in order to finish an essay for my Nature-Based Tourism class. I had to create a management plan for a park, and I decided to do Temagami in Ontario, in particular Lady Evelyn-Smoothwater Provincial Park.
I tell you this, because I recieved a VERY creepy e-mail the other day. I'm on the Ontario Parks mailing list, and in my most recent e-mail, this was the first article:
Dafne, for a Backcountry Adventure we recommend Lady Evelyn-Smoothwater
Lady Evelyn-Smoothwater Provincial Park is a wilderness preserve like no other. At almost three times the size of Perth, Australia
with 72,400 hectares, this expansive park is representative of Ontario's rugged Canadian Shield the roots of ancient mountains and the transition area between the vast northern Boreal Forest and the southern deciduous forest. "
I have bolded the key part.
How creepy is it, first of all, that out of the hundreds of parks in Ontario, they featured Lady-Evelyn Smoothwater?
But even more bizarre
The pictures from the cave aren't the best, since I used a slow shutter speed but had no tripod. But hopefully you get the idea.
- why did they describe it was three times the size of PERTH, AUSTRALIA?? Who in Canada would find that an understandable reference size??
Needless to say, I am creeped out. Field Trip the first - Yanchep National Park
I rushed to get my essay in on Monday, then headed to the front of campus to catch the bus for our second field trip for Nature-Based Tourism. This time we were heading to Yanchep National Park, a natural area about 45 minutes north of Perth. Since this was the day the essay was due, we were a VERY intimate group - only 7 students showed up! And the class has at least 40 people in it...
Our first activity upon arrival at Yanchep was a Cave Walk where we got to see some cool cave features, including crystals. But more importantly we were given the task of rating our tour guide, who was a former student of this class. She did an excellent job.
Next we had an Aboriginal guide show us some traditional Aboriginal tools and tricks.
Finally we had a talk from the park manager about his job. Field trip the second
- Josh Byrne's house
On Wednesday I had another field trip with my Water Conservation and Auditing class. This time it was to a man named Josh Byrne's house. Josh is a grad student at Murdoch but also a host of a gardening show called 'Gardening Australia'. We went to his house to see all the many water conservation techniques he uses in his garden. It was awesome, he had rainwater tanks, greywater collection, drip irrigation, soil moisture sensors...and an outdoor BBQ and pizza oven!! And he grew all sorts of veggies including eggplants! Yummy...I definitely would live in that house... A BBQ at Shaun's
My fellow Canadian exchange student, Shaun, invited me to a BBQ at his house on Saturday. Unfortunately I totally forgot my camera, so there are no pics, but it was a great time. He'd invited all the people he met on his NorthWest trip, who were the people we'd encountered at Hamelin Pool. They were much less rowdy in the daylight, and very friendly indeed. It was a great time.
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