Saturday, Oct 12, 2013 at 01:00

Member - LG__ (WA)

We wake in the morning to rain, yet again! It didn't take us long to strike camp as we had done most of the packing up the night before. The plan was to stop off at Cape Le Grand, just out of Esperance.

We thought we would set up camp, pop into town to visit rellies and top up any supplies we needed, pop back out to the campsite, spend time exploring over the next day or two, and then head off to Stokes. The Cape Arid Ranger kindly radio'd through for us and was told Cape Le Grand was absolutely chockers - understandable being the last weekend of the school holidays.

So we re-evaluated and decided to continue straight into town. We will get back out this way again in the not too distant future, when there aren't zillions of little kids around :)

Pine Grove Holiday Park (formerly Crockers) is part of the Acclaim group so they had the same special running as the Norseman one - all powered sites $20/night. However, they too were pretty full so only a few of the unpowered tent sites were still available. The long drive in from Cape Arid had fully charged the deep cycle battery so it wasn't an issue for us anyway. We pitched the tent near the amenities block on a nice, level grassy area

After hot showers and a load of washing was taken care of we went exploring.
There is a great little camp shop next to the RSL Memorial Park where the old Tank is (between James St and Andrew St). Very helpful staff and plenty of spare parts, widgets and gadgets to keep a girl happy :)

The 'Great Ocean Drive' loop we then followed was a great way to see plenty of different views, from the beaches, into the hills and back down to the lake. Despite its name, it is not pink at all times - conditions have to be 'just right' for that effect.

The Sunday Markets were on next morning at the Historic Museum Village park. We had a bit of a giggle hearing people oohing and ahhing at the 'old houses' - we've both lived in houses almost identical in our youths. Then it stuck us .... gawd, we're getting ancient! LOL

We bumped into old friends from the wheatbelt who were now living in Esperance and were selling their wares at one of the stalls. Heaps of fresh produce to choose from amongst the many stall holders, along with handmade crafts, plants and food of all sorts.

We leave Esperance on Monday morning headed West along the coast line - on the homeward leg of our journey.

Life IS Good! No matter how much manure you have to deal with - it's all just fertiliser ;)
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