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Day 53 and 54 Esperance to Hyden to Bremer Bay

I don't want to leave Esperance

sunny 26 °C

I really didn't want to leave Esperance because it really catered for dogs. The Pink Lake Caravan Park was very nice although it wasn't close to the town (about 5 kilometres away). But it was very quiet and the facilities were fine. I'm giving it 3 paws out of 5 paws.

Mum and Dad were going to have an overnight stop at Lake King and then make their way up to Hyden to see some rock that looked like a wave (humans like to see strange things) but when they made a stop at Ravensthorpe, the tourist information person said that it was better that they kept going to Hyden and stay at the caravan park that was right next to the rock. So they did.

We didn't arrive in Hyden until about 3.30pm and as Mum and Dad decided to only stay overnight they quickly unfolded the camper trailer, took out a few things and they were done. We then went to see the wave rock.

campsite in Hyden

campsite in Hyden

It was massive, I admit, but it's just a rock, isn't it? Well Mum and Dad didn't think so. They read all the information about the rock and then Dad climbed up the rock (I wasn't allowed so me and Mum went back to the campsite)

Me and Dad and the big wave!

Me and Dad and the big wave!

I think I spot a stick

I think I spot a stick

From the wave we had a short walk to Hippos's Yawn.

I can't take credit for taking this photo!

I can't take credit for taking this photo!

The next day we headed off early. The campsite at Hyden was great to stay in because it was walking distance to the wave rock. Our site was a little strange because there was a whole heap of sites in one area but the power was only at one end so luckily Dad had a 25-metre extension lead. We didn't use the kitchen but Mum took a look at it and said it was quite small and there was only one place to wash dishes. I'm giving it 3 paws out of 5 paws. On the way to Bremer Bay we stopped at Mulka's Cave and The Humps, which was only 20 kilometres away from Hyden.

Me and Dad on top of The Hump

Me and Dad on top of The Hump

Mum's holding onto me because she's about to fall!

Mum's holding onto me because she's about to fall!

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Day 52 Hanging out in Esperance

This is the best day ever!

semi-overcast 22 °C

The day all dogs dream about has happened to me. Today Dad threw the ball and stick to me ALL DAY! It was the most amazing experience. (And I don’t mean to be horrible to Mum but she didn’t throw the ball to me at all because she was too busy looking at boring scenery. Nobody cares about how clear the water was, how high the waves were and how soft and white the sand was)

I thought we were going for just another boring drive because I heard Dad say we were going to do the Great Ocean Drive but it turned out that the drive was mainly about going to different beaches. And most of the beaches allowed dogs off-leash.

Our first stop was The Pink Lake which was a salt lake that was supposed to be pink but because it was cloudy it was just a plain blue colour. (I don't think Dad even took a photo of it!)

If I looked bored it's because I am!

If I looked bored it's because I am!

Then the fun began. We played ball at 10 Mile Lagoon, Nine Mile Beach, Observatory Beach, Fourth Beach, Salmon Beach, Blue Haven Beach and West Beach.

Finally going down to the beach. Now I'm happy!

Finally going down to the beach. Now I'm happy!

Who cares how nice the wave looks!

Who cares how nice the wave looks!

This is the life

This is the life

I just didn’t want the day to end! This is how I want my life to be every day! I’m sure that Dad would also like to play ball all day because he looked like he was having so much fun so I can only assume that it’s Mum’s fault that my life is boring.

If I have to smile for one more photo...

If I have to smile for one more photo...

I don't care for scenery

I don't care for scenery

I really feel that Mum has the better deal out of my parents. I mean, after Dad spent the day playing with me he then had to cook dinner in a storm. There was thunder and lightning and lots of rain and Dad was stuck outside trying to cook for him and Mum. Meanwhile Mum was hiding inside the tent because she was scared of lightning. I ended up staying outside with Dad. My next dream will be for me and Dad to go on a trip WITHOUT Mum.

Poor Dad!

Poor Dad!

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Day 50 and 51 Kalgoorlie to Esperance and Cape Le Grand

Very early mornings!

sunny 23 °C

We can’t get used to the time difference yet. Me and Mum were up again at 5am. We didn’t leave Kalgoorlie-Boulder until after 9am though so I don’t know what Mum was doing all that time (I was writing my blog and Dad was packing so obviously she was just being lazy)

Everything is covered in red dust. The car is covered in red dust (inside and out), the tent is covered in red dust and Mum’s black runners have turned brown (she is getting to be more of a bogan as each day passes).

The Family Parks campsite in Boulder was good although Mum said the toilet/shower block was stifling hot (hotter than outside). Dad said the staff were very friendly and helpful with information about the area. I’m giving it 3 paws out of 5 paws.

It was a long, long drive from hot Kalgoorlie to cold Esperance, stopping at Salmon Gums for lunch. It was a tiny little town but it had a nice picnic area to sit in.

Salmon gums!

Salmon gums!

At the information centre in Esperance, Dad found out that Esperance is a very dog-friendly area. He was given a map with places I could go to; many of which were leash free. I was so looking forward to running free on the beach but little did I know that I would be spending the next day at doggy day care!

We arrived early at Country Lane Boarding Kennels. I assume it was because Mum and Dad had a lot to see, not because they were trying to get rid of me. It was a great place; nice and clean and the woman that ran it was fantastic.

Meanwhile Mum and Dad spent the day going from beach to beach in Cape Le Grand National Park. There were many walking trails (Mum and Dad only did one), places to camp, picnic areas with barbecues and toilets. Mum said that the whole area was well signposted. She liked that there was lots of information about how each place was named. Dad liked that it was a warm day so he could top up his tan but not wearing his t-shirt. Mum said there should be a sign saying ‘please refrain from taking your top off if you have a beer belly’.

They saw Cape Le Grand Beach, Hellfire Bay, Little Hellfire, Thistle Cove (best one!) and Lucky Bay. Mum said the water was beautiful. They also looked at Frenchman Peak but didn’t attempt to walk up it because the sign said you had to be fit which clearly Mum and Dad aren’t.

Hellfire Bay

Hellfire Bay

Breathe in and hide that belly Dad!

Breathe in and hide that belly Dad!

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Day 48 and 49 Hanging out in Kalgoorlie-Boulder

We need daylight savings!

sunny 40 °C

The sun was shining and it looked like a beautiful day. Then Mum looked at the time: 5am! Me and Dad were awake too. Dad stayed in bed but me and Mum got up because we were both hungry. I don’t mind waking up early and the oldies could stay in bed while I get up but I don’t seem to have the knack of opening up the tent zippers (paws too big), so one of them has to get up to let me out. It’s always Mum because Dad needs more rest than Mum.

In the 7 weeks that we’ve been away there has only been two days where the temperature has hit 40 degrees. The first time was in the South Australian outback and the second time was today in the Western Australian outback. It is hot! Too hot for me, too hot for Mum and it’s even too hot for Dad who normally loves the heat. After Mum stopped complaining about the heat, we went to the Boulder market, which is on every third Sunday of each month. Then we drove up to the Super Pit Lookout where we saw the view of the open cut mine. It was massive. And the trucks in the mine looked so small.

They look like toy trucks

They look like toy trucks

A big tyre and a little Mum

A big tyre and a little Mum

Later in the afternoon Dad played the last two holes at Kalgoorlie golf club. It was a proper golf course so I wasn’t allowed on the course and Mum couldn’t go because apparently she wasn’t dressed appropriately and so Dad spent a very hot hour at the golf course by himself. He said the golf course was fantastic. He said it made a change to play on a good golf course with proper greens!

CY O’Connor Kalgoorlie Par 4 -319 metres (4 shots)

Is that green grass?

Is that green grass?

Golden Mile Kalgoorlie Par 5- 502 metres (5 shots)

Dad taking a picture of himself

Dad taking a picture of himself

On Monday Mum and Dad went on a mine tour (Super Pit Tour) and yep, you guessed it, I went to Doggy Day Care. (Sevenoaks boarding kennels and cattery) The tour went for 2 1/2 hours ($70 per person). Mum and Dad liked the tour guide because he was an ex miner and he knew everything about the mine and he was very entertaining. Dad took lots of photos of trucks and he complained that he would have taken more but the battery on the camera went flat (They seem to have lots of problems with batteries) Mum said that Dad took too many photos (she would have taken about 5 photos) and she was happy that the battery ran out.

Yikes!

Yikes!

The Super Pit

The Super Pit

After the tour Mum and Dad went to the York Hotel for lunch and Mum was happy to be sitting inside because the pub had air-conditioning and Dad was happy because there was lots of sporting memorabilia on the walls.

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Day 47 Crossing the Nullarbor part 2

Clear the traffic - Mum's driving the Nullarbor

sunny 33 °C

Mum reckoned she only had a couple of hours sleep last night and then Dad, sensing a competition, said he only had one hours sleep. Beaten again Mum.

I couldn’t believe it but we were up, packed and gone by 7.30am. Today we were crossing the border and it was Mum’s turn to drive the car with the trailer. I had my doubts about her driving skills but she seemed to do okay. I did hear Dad say that she got the easy bit to drive because she was just driving a straight road.

Yikes! Mum's driving.

Yikes! Mum's driving.

When we reached the Border Village Roadhouse Dad played hole 5 and Mum ran to the toilet because there were no toilets at last night's camp spot.

Border Roo WA/SA Border Village Par 3 160 metres (Shots: 5)

At the border, the car and the camper trailer were checked for fruit and vegetables and even I got checked. The woman checked my paws to see whether I was carrying any seeds. She said I was an excellent dog.

Once we got over the border we stopped at Eucla Roadhouse ($1.91 petrol), Mundrabilla Roadhouse ($1.91 petrol), Madura Roadhouse, Cocklebiddy Roadhouse and Caiguna Roadhouse so Dad could play golf.

Nullarbor Nymph Eucla Par 4 -315 metres (Shots: 5)
Watering Hole Mundrabilla Par 4-330 metres (Shots: 5)
Brumby’s Run Madura Par 3-125 metres (Shots: 3)

I think I have to hit a ball to a flag, thinks Dad

I think I have to hit a ball to a flag, thinks Dad

Eagle’s Nest Cocklebiddy Par 4 - 347 metres (Shots: 5)

The eagle scored better than Dad

The eagle scored better than Dad

90 Mile Straight Caiguna Par 4 - 310 metres (Shots: 5)

Here we go...

Here we go...

After a very long day, we free-camped at Woorlba Homestead Rest Area. There was hardly any wind (and there were toilets) we were all very happy because we knew we would sleep well. Dad said he would sleep the most out of all of us. Mum said that’s because he is lazy.

Mum has become a bogan

Mum has become a bogan

Dusk on the Nullarbor

Dusk on the Nullarbor

We all did sleep quite well but we were also up really early and we were again on the road at about 7.30am. We were now heading for Kalgoorlie. First stop Balladonia Roadhouse. Mum and Dad checked out the museum (free entry) at the roadhouse. They said it was interesting because it had the history of the area and it also had information about the crash landing of NASA’s skylab in 1979.

Skylab Balladonia Par 3 - 175 metres (Shots: 4)

Next stop: Fraser Range Sheep Station which Mum said was very pretty.
Sheep’s Back Fraser Range Par 3 - 141 metres (Shots: 4)

Mum was starting to get hungry (when isn’t she hungry?) and so at Norseman (petrol at Shell $1.56) we stopped at a picnic area next to the tourist information centre before heading to the Norseman golf course for Dad to play two holes.

Ndadju Norseman Par 5 - 463 metres (Shots: 6)
Golden Horse Norseman Par 4 - 385 metres (Shots: 4)

Just before we reach Kalgoorlie, we stop at Kambalda Golf course for the last hole of the day. We were the only people there. Mum said it looked like the place hadn’t been used in years!

Silver Lake Kambalda Par 4 - 392 metres (Shots: 5)

Dad's concentrating hard

Dad's concentrating hard

Mum and Dad took turns driving. (I don't think Dad trusted Mum to drive so he made up an excuse that his back hurt in the passenger seat so he should do most of the driving because his back didn't hurt so much when he drove)

I think it's my turn to drive

I think it's my turn to drive

We made it to Kalgoorlie at around 4pm. At the campsite there were only 4 powered sites on dirt (so we could peg the tent down) The site that we were on was quite small so as it wasn’t busy we were allowed to take two sites. That was good because it meant I had room to move around!

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