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Day 33 and 34 Mount Remarkable and Port Germein

Poor Dad had a fall

sunny 31 °C

Dogs aren't allowed in the Flinders Ranges so on Friday Mum and Dad found me a wonderful woman to stay with for the day. She had two small fluffy dogs so I played with them most of the day. I was even allowed to go inside her house. I just hung out and watched a bit of TV. When her son came home from school, he played ball with me.

Meanwhile Mum and Dad spent the day at the Southern Flinders Ranges in Mount Remarkable National Park. They did a bit of walking, which they need to do because both of them are putting on weight and Dad even looks like he has man boobs.

I think Dad's tucking his tummy in

I think Dad's tucking his tummy in

Some of the walking trails were far too long for Mum and Dad to do, (and they wonder why they are putting on weight!) so they went on a two hour walk through Alligator Gorge and then a 40 minute walk through Telowie Gorge . They said the scenery was gorgeous and they even saw a goat and a yellow-footed wallaby.

Dad being silly

Dad being silly

There's no rails to hold onto!

There's no rails to hold onto!

When Mum and Dad came to get me the woman who looked after me said I was so wonderful (true!) that she wanted to keep me.

On Saturday Mum had her usual washing day but dad didn't have his usual golf day. Mum may have become an expert in washing at a campsite but for some reason she is now forgetting to take her towel when she goes to have a shower. She keeps using her t-shirts to dry off. I think it would be an idea if she writes a list on how to do things. If Mum was a dog, I'm not sure what she would be. I mean she may eat like a labrador but she's definitely not smart like one.

We had a quick stroll around Port Pirie. By quick, I mean Dad drove to the centre, parked and then we walked around the corner to the pub. Dad wanted to make a few bets and I think he felt guilty because me and Mum were just sitting around huffing because it was hot, so he suggested we go to Port Germein and walk along the jetty, which is 1.5km long. So we did.

All was going well walking along the jetty until we decided to walk back. Dad suggested walking back along the beach (the tide was out so it was a nice long walk back). Mum didn't want to so me and Dad started climbing down the stairs from the jetty to the water and then...dad slipped! I think he slipped on seaweed but Mum reckons he's just clumsy. I was bouncing around because I didn't really know what was going on, Dad was yelling rude words and Mum was saying 'The first aid kit is back at the campsite'. (Good one Mum) Poor Dad had to take care of himself because Mum wouldn't come down the stairs (she thought she might slip too) so he took his t-shirt off (no six-pack in sight, Mum said) and started tearing off pieces to bandage himself up. I think he did a good job.

We rushed off to hospital which is back at Port Pirie and I'm left in the car while Mum and Dad go in. Dad saw the nurse who said it's not as bad as it looks so Mum came back outside and waited with me for Dad. While Mum was waiting she spoke to a woman who had come to the hospital to see her sister. When Dad came out and started walking towards us, Mum said to the woman, 'Here comes my idiot husband.' Mum can be so rude sometimes.

Dad seems to be better now that he has a beer in his hand

Dad seems to be better now that he has a beer in his hand

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Day 32 Moonta Bay to Port Pirie

Finally a coffee that Mum liked

sunny 25 °C

A miracle has occurred. Mum finally found a place that had a great coffee. She hasn't stopped raving about it. (She is quite self-absorbed sometimes) We went into Moonta town. Dad couldn't believe that shops were open and people were out and about at 9.30am. He said that we've stopped at little towns during the day and we've been the only people around.

We had a walk around the town and stopped at Henry on George for a coffee. Dad had a strong flat white because he said that Mum always makes the coffee in the morning strong so now he is used to strong coffee and when he has a normal flat white, they seem to be too weak to drink. (He is starting to sound annoying like Mum) Mum had a latte and they both sat and enjoyed their coffee. No complaints for a change.

Arriving in Port Pirie Dad realised that the spindle of the jockey wheel was cracked (Mum suspects it was Dad's fault as she has nothing to do with that part of the trailer). We ended up buying a new one and Dad is so good at fixing stuff that he bolted it to the tow bar. He really is wonderful, according to me that is!

Another problem solved by Dad!

Another problem solved by Dad!

Dad also made friends with a man who is travelling in a caravan (Mum calls him old wog guy). Dad and old wog guy talked for so long that in the end Mum had to rescue him.

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Day 31 Port Vincent to Moonta Bay

Where's the sunset?

all seasons in one day 18 °C

We loved Port Vincent and we loved the campsite. Mum loved the showers because the water pressure was really powerful and good for her back. Dad loved talking to everyone and I loved the beach. We all liked that everyone was friendly. I'm giving it 4 paws out of 5 paws.

Mum read in a brochure that Moonta Bay was a great place to see the sunset so Mum and Dad thought they would stay there for one night. As Moonta Bay wasn't far away, we did what Dad calls 'a magical mystery tour', which is basically Dad takes a look at the map, circles a few places and then tells Mum where to drive. For today's tour we went to Edithburgh (Dad said it was a ghost town), Point Turton (cute little town with a pub that had a great view of the bay), Port Minacowie, Parsons Beach and Maitland. (Dad liked it here because the town was set out in squares with a golf course running the whole way around the town.)

At Moonta Bay caravan park, our site was right on the beach. Perfect to watch the sunset. Except by the time the sun should have been setting it was cloudy and really windy and raining. (Mum loves not reading the weather report)

Mum and Dad also had takeaway fish and chips and I felt really sorry for Dad because the fish was really small and so Dad kindly said to Mum that she could have both pieces. Mum didn't wait to hear the rest of the sentence; she just started munching on the fish.

No sunset tonight!

No sunset tonight!

And Mum and Dad didn't have any goodies for the kids at the campsite for Halloween because they had already eaten them!

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Day 30 Minlaton and Stansbury

No fish in South Australia

sunny 32 °C

Today we went to Minlaton to buy me pet food. Finding pet food is actually quite difficult. While Mum and Dad are gorging on everything from cheese to steak (Dad) to chicken done in every way possible, finding me food has caused some problems. I'm not helping either because I haven't been eating properly. Sometimes I'm just too hot and other times I'm just sick of the same old dry food. Mum and Dad don't share their food with me either. Mum doesn't share her food with anyone; she's such a pig.

After we found a pet shop at Minlaton, we stopped at Stansbury to buy Dad some fresh oysters. He bought a dozen for $9. Mum wondered when it was going to be her turn to do something for her. Dad was too busy gobbling down his oysters to comment.

When we drove back to Port Vincent, Dad got out his fishing gear and had another attempt at trying to catch some fish. He talked to people about what bait to use, he tied his hook to the line, he watched a couple of other people cast out, he cast out and....nothing! He had a go for an hour then gave up. When Mum asked where was the fish, his excuse was that there were two other people near him and no one else caught any fish so he probably wasn't in a good spot.

Where are all the fish?, ponders Dad

Where are all the fish?, ponders Dad

So, instead of eating fish for dinner, Dad made fajitas instead.

Yeah I know, it's not fish, says Dad

Yeah I know, it's not fish, says Dad

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Day 29 Clare to Port Vincent

We're off again!

sunny 29 °C

The days are going by quite fast now. It's nearly been a month since we've left. Today we headed to the Yorke Peninsula.

For the Clare Valley campsite I'm going to give it 3 paws out of 5 paws. The good points were that we were allowed to have a fire and the campsites were nice. It was a little out of the town though and Mum said that she doesn't know how the campsite copes when it is full because there were not many toilets or showers.

It didn't take us long to get to our next stop, Port Vincent. Dad asked Mum if she had studied the map before we left. She first gave him a dirty look (she's given up on rolling her eyes) and then she realised he was joking because it was pretty straightforward and Dad already knew how to get there.

Once we got to Port Vincent Foreshore Caravan Park and set up, we went straight down to the beach. We were right on the foreshore and I was supposed to be on a lead but it was so hot, so I just had to go in the water to cool off!

I think Dad's bits have just touched the cold water

I think Dad's bits have just touched the cold water

Later on at night, we went to the beach for a walk. Mum and Dad are loving Port Vincent. Everyone at the campsite is so friendly. People are just stopping by the tent and having a chat. And Dad loves a good old chat. Mum is hoping that with all the chatting he is doing that he is getting some advice on how to fish.

Is that poo I can smell?

Is that poo I can smell?

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