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Day 40 and 41 Port Lincoln and Coffin Beach

The fish have swum to Western Australia

sunny 27 °C

We've spent most of the past two days hanging around Coffin Bay. Mum and Dad love it here! Yesterday we drove to Port Lincoln to find me some food. We found a place called Dempseys and I got a big bag of dry food. It's harder to keep wet food so Dad has been making me food, so I get chicken mince mixed with carrots (I'm like Mum; I can't eat raw carrot so Dad has to cook it in the mince for me to eat) and rice. I know, I'm spoilt.

Then we went to one of the beaches in Coffin Bay called Long Beach. Part of the beach is part of the Coffin Bay National Park so we could only go on a section of it. But it was good to run around.

Me, Mum and Dad at Long Beach

Me, Mum and Dad at Long Beach

We also walked part of the Oyster Walk, which is a 12 kilometre walk around Coffin Bay. It was such a nice walk because we got to walk right by the bay.

Dad has been a bit unlucky because he wanted to take a tour to see the oyster beds but no tours were available and then he wanted (and Mum encouraged him) to go on a fishing tour but none were available either!

We took a nice drive up to some beaches just a little north of Coffin Bay to watch Dad not catch any fish. We drove to Farm Beach but there were quite a few people there so we ended up at Galilpoli Beach via a very rocky road. The cove was used in the movie Gallipoli. It was quite a steep trek down and Mum had visions of Dad falling to his death but he was sturdy on his feet and he made it down fine.

Dad sunbaked and Mum hid from the sun and I ran around and got hot really quickly so me and Dad dug a hole for me and I sat in it to keep cool and then Dad played footy with me and I can mark the ball really well and then I had to drink lots of water because I was thirsty and then me and Dad walked to the other end of the cove so Dad could sit by the rocks and watch his rod gather seaweed and Mum didn't bother coming over because she knew there was no fish in the cove for Dad. Dad's excuse for not catching fish this time was that he didn't bring the right rod with him.

Maybe the fish are over there?

Maybe the fish are over there?

Later we drove around to Fisherman's Beach and then we stopped at a free-range pig farm. I stayed in the car while they looked at the pigs (they're not as cute as me).

Dad trying to look slim

Dad trying to look slim

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Day 38 and 39 Hawker to Port Augusta to Coffin Bay

Long way down

sunny 21 °C

I can't believe it but we were out of the caravan park in Hawker by 8.30am! Mum and Dad must have been seriously organised to do that. And they would have left quicker but everyone came to say goodbye to them allthough I suspect they were really coming to say goodbye to me. It was such a friendly site. I'm giving it 3 1/2 paws out of 5 paws.

We had an overnight stop at Port Augusta to stock up on a few things. We stayed in a campsite with lots of barbed wire on the fences and lots of signs telling Mum and Dad not to leave anything around. I liked the place though because we were right next to the beach. I'm giving that one 3 paws out of 5 paws.

I look a little tipsy here!

I look a little tipsy here!

Mum says Dad can be such a pain because he always changes his mind about things. On Thursday we were heading to a place called Cowell but then Dad decided to keep driving so we kept going to a place called Arno Bay but when Dad was supposed to turn at the sign, he just kept driving all the way down the coast until we reached a place called Coffin Bay.

We went to the local pub for dinner because after driving for 5 hours Dad was too knackered to cook (and no one would want to eat anything Mum cooked). Dad got a bargain steak for $10 and Mum had fish and chips for $15. Mum stuffed herself so much she felt sick afterwards. Dad said he might do some fishing while we're here. Me and Mum just laughed.

I'm the boss of this family

I'm the boss of this family

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Day 37 Sightseeing in the Flinders Ranges

No power in Hawker

semi-overcast 31 °C

Mum says you meet all sorts of characters when you're travelling. A lot of the time you talk to people but you don't know their name but that doesn't matter, Mum says because she just makes up names for them, like old wog man, Mr Grumpy, Mr and Mrs Drunk, Mr Agro and Mr Know-it-all. The problem is she doesn't tell Dad the names she's made up and then when she starts talking about someone she'll go 'Oh Mr Drunk said we should go here' and Dad will be like 'Who the hell is Mr Drunk?' and then she gets annoyed with Dad because she thinks it's obvious who Mr Drunk is and so she has to explain who Mr Drunk is and by the time she's done that she's started calling Dad names.

There was a big storm last night and so me and Mum sat in the tent together (Mum with her ear plugs) while Dad watched the storm. We woke up this morning to find that we had no power at the campsite. Later we found out that the whole town didn't have power. Not to worry, Dad thought, he'll just put the fridge on the battery. Except the battery wasn't fully charged so the fridge wouldn't cool down. Then Dad thought he would get some ice for the esky. Dad said it was so he could put some of the stuff from the fridge into the esky but Mum reckoned it was to make sure that his beer was cold. But no ice in town!

They seemed to be in a hurry to sort the fridge out and then they disappeared. I was tied to the trailer and saw them both wander off down the road towards the office and then I couldn't see them any longer. I waited and waited and waited and I got a bit panicky so I started yelping. Surely they wouldn't leave me behind tied to the trailer? Well they did! The guy from the office came out and he took me for a walk but then he tied me back up, so I yelped again. A woman from another caravan came and sat with me for a while and then she disappeared and her husband came and sat with me and we played ball. Hours later Mum and Dad came back home and started telling everyone what a nice day they had. Well it wasn't nice for me!

They had gone on a tour with some bloke called Ian. (www.flindersexperience4wdtours.com.au) They thought he was wonderful. He had taken them around the Flinders Ranges telling them about the history and geology of the place. They saw kangaroos, wallabies and emus and they loved it. The views were amazing and they got quite close to the animals. They also said that as Ian was a local and had been for many years, he had quite a few funny stories to tell. I'm so glad Mum and Dad enjoyed their day while I was stuck at the campsite.

Mum seems to be quite happy without me

Mum seems to be quite happy without me

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Day 36 Parachilna

Long drive to the pub

overcast 31 °C

No one slept properly last night; it was just too hot! I was pacing in the tent because of the heat. Me and Mum ended up going to bed early because there was thunder and lightning but Dad stayed up and watched it.

This morning we went for a short walk to Jarvis Hill lookout. It was quite steep and rocky but well worth the walk as we had great views of central Flinders Ranges.

Try sitting down when ants are biting your bum

Try sitting down when ants are biting your bum

Even though there were plenty of other lookouts and possibly some trails to walk around, Dad decided to drive an hour from Hawker to have lunch at a pub called The Prairie in Parachilna. On the way up Dad counted the number of kangaroos that were dead on the road; 11. Dad didn't seem to mind seeing the dead kangaroos as he decided to have a feral mixed grill for lunch which included kangaroo (and camel and emu).

Mum had salmon niscoise and a really really nice short black.

I think this trip is one long pub crawl!

I think this trip is one long pub crawl!

After we came back, we walked to Hawker and had a quick look around and funnily enough we went to the pub. Well, Dad said we were going past it, so it would be rude not to have a drink.

It is a pub crawl!

It is a pub crawl!

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Day 35 Port Pirie to Hawker

Could it get any hotter?

sunny 41 °C

Dad got told off by the owner of the caravan park today. I was off the leash playing with another dog and we were having such fun chasing each other when a man came around to our site and told Dad to put me back on the lead and if he saw me off the lead again then we would be kicked out. Luckily we were leaving today.

Port Pirie campsite was okay (apart from grumpy man telling Dad off) but it seemed to be more of an overnight place to stay as there wasn't very much to do in Port Pirie. I'm giving it 2 1/2 paws out of 5 paws.

We headed off to Central Flinders Ranges and Mum and Dad watched the temperature go up and up and up! By the time we reached Hawker it was 41 degrees! Too hot even for Dad who normally loves the heat. Mum and Dad were so hot that they ended up going to the pub to eat. Lucky them; they were inside a nice air-conditioned pub while I sat outside in the heat. Don't worry about your son struggling to breathe!

Hard to be cool when your dressed in fur

Hard to be cool when your dressed in fur

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