Day 423 of retirement

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Hi All

Monday 6thAugust 2018:

Went exploring today and visited the termite mounds, salt lakes, Ashburton River, Old Onslow town site, Onslow salt works lookout and LNG plant lookout.

The mighty Mazda got a good taste of outback roads as we did 50km on dirt to visit the old Onslow township and termite mounds. She got rattled about a bit by the corrugations but came through in flying colours.

There are 600 ish people in Onlsow and the majority of them work at either the Onslow Salt works or the huge LNG processing plant.

Tuesday 7thAugust 2018:

After a sleep in and yummy seafood lunch we spent all afternoon planning and booking our accommodation and tours for the next 2 months. Lots of phone calls and juggling when and where we can get accommodation and tours.
This will get us across the top of WA, down the middle of NT (Via Uluru) and SA to Port Augusta, across to the head of the Bight (whales), to Adelaide and lastly Canberra.

Wednesday 8thAugust 2018:

Rest day today. After another fine seafood lunch we went for a walk along the beach and caught the sunset.

Thursday 9thAugust 2018:

Our last day in Onslow. We went for a bit of a drive exploring the town. Had another awesome lunch at the pub.

I went for a walk along the beach at sunset and when dark we drove to the salt plant and LNG plant to look at the lights. Impressive.

Friday 10thAugust 2018:

Our drive today (Friday) was from Onslow to Karratha (300km). About 100km out from Karratha there were Sturt Desert Peas in abundance. As this is our favourite flower we were in our element. Made for a beautiful drive alongside the flowers.
PS: Lots of other wildflowers in bloom as well. Off exploring tomorrow.

Saturday 11thAugust 2018:

Today (Saturday) we wandered round the Dampier area (Deep Gorge & Hearson’s Cove).
What really has struck us about the top end of WA is the nothing for kms then these HUGE infrastructure projects (Salt, Iron Ore & LNG (Gas)) rise up out of the desert. Mind boggling.

At Deep Gorge there are thousands of aboriginal carvings on the rocks. Once you learn what to look for (they are very eroded) you can pick out the art. We found a few animals and others that looked like people and marine life.

We visited the memorial to Red Dog, as this was his range. If you have seen the movie you will know what I’m on about.
If you haven’t seen the movie, watch it. Awesome movie based on Red Dog’s real life story.

Sunday 12thAugust 2018:

Went exploring round the Point Samson area.

Visited Point Samson, Wickham, Cossack and the Cape Lambert iron ore ship loading facility.

Love the big machinery that is utilised in the iron ore industry.

Life is good.

Trevor & Guy.

 

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