What did I do on my 9 months off work?

Tuesday, Oct 18, 2016 at 16:02

Karen&bernie

Yes I’m back to work (well from tomorrow anyway).
A high level dot-point summary of what I’ve been doing for the past 9 months is below.

In summary –
• Toured the SW of WA doing the valley of the giants tree top walk, walked trails at the Perongurups, and visited the national Anzac centre in Albany (which is a museum honouring the Anzacs from WWI);
• Drove north to Jurien and paddled our kayaks to a sealiion colony on a small island not far from shore (such cute and curious creatures sealions are);
• Boarded the Killer Whale expedition off Bremer Bay (rough, wild, full day in the great southern ocean with guests and researchers – saw pilot whales, masses of sea birds, seals and yes killer whales);
• Visited family in Townsville with a side trip to Magnetic Island (more than half of Magnetic Island is national parks, so it has rugged natural beauty and a haven for wildlife such as koalas);
• Swam with 3 whale sharks on the Ningaloo Reef from Exmouth on our 4 month / 10,000km road trip. Major stops included – Ningaloo station, Exmouth, Broome, Gibb River Road, Mitchell Plateau, El Questro station, Kununurra and Lake Argyle;
• Walked and swam in many gorges and waterfalls and looked at aboriginal art and dinosaur footprints in remote locations (e.g. Karajini NP, Mitchell Falls, El Questro station, Quondong);
• Caught a helicopter to the top of Mitchell Falls (and could hear the roar of the falls well before we could see them from the air);
• Flew in a light plane over the Horizontal Falls, King Sound, Buccanneer Archipelago and landed at Cape Leveque for lunch and a swim (absolutely stunning scenery from the air);
• Watched the sun set over the ocean or over the range from many camp locations, watched the flames of the camp fire making sure not to burn dinner;
• Watched humpback whales as they migrated north of Broome and now as they are heading south past Dunsborough (and saw whales blow, pop up from the ocean, do a full breech, tail and peck slap etc);
• Caught up with friends along the way, met many people from very different walks of life, and had a beer or wine around the camp at happy hour swapping stories;
• Spent a little time at home (but not much), mainly unpacking and washing from one trip and packing for the next trip and researching where to go and what to do, and
• Went to Bali for a few weeks to wash off the red dust from camp life (and have a holiday from our holiday).

I am sure that are many things I have missed out, but above is a snapshot.

If you missed any of the blogs I sent from the road or want to see any pictures, check out my ‘Top End 2016’ photo album on facebook or my blogs on the ExporOz website.
Karen & Bernie
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