Day 430 of retirement

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Hi All

Monday 13thAugust 2018:

Found another little gem today (Monday) 120km south of Karratha called Python Pool (240km round trip with 20km of dirt). You drive through part of the Hamersley Range and its magnificent scenery then drop down to this hidden pool in a gorge. Take your swimmers, as the rock pool is great to swim in.

Tuesday 14thAugust 2018:

Quiet day as we explored around town. Visited the sculptures at the local salt lakes. Interesting.

I managed to get a haircut as it has been a while and my hair was getting a little feral.

Wednesday 15thAugust 2018:

Quiet rest day today.

Guy got a load of washing done and I washed and cleaned the Mighty Mazda.

Thursday 16thAugust 2018:

Left Karratha for Port Hedland (240km & 3 hours).

Managed to secure a very nice beachfront cabin. After lunch downtown we got some groceries and finished off the day with a walk along the beach.

Friday 17thAugust 2018:
Lovely quiet day wandering round the downtown/port area of Port Hedland. Watched the huge ore ships depart (we could watch this all day). After lunch overlooking the busy harbour we did our own selfguided heritage/street art walk.

Saturday 18thAugust 2018:

Left Port Hedland for Marble Bar (210km).

Marble Bar is known as the hottest place in Australia. The town set a world record of most consecutive days of 100 °F (37.8 °C) or above, during a period of 160 days from 31 October 1923 to 7 April 1924

As it’s only a 2.5 hour drive from Port Hedland, we went exploring after lunch to the flying fox lookout, the marble bar rock pool and the chinaman rock pool. Will go back to the marble bar rock pool for a swim tomorrow. Beautiful spot.

Sunday 19thAugust 2018:

Went for a drive today out to the old Comet gold mine. The story is that a prospector was searching for gold all round this knob and found nothing. One day he decided to climb over the middle of the knob. By pure chance he stumbled across gold 3/4 of the way up the hill.
All the gold found was in the top half of the knob. The top half of the knob is riddled with mine shafts. It is said that over 100,000 ounces of gold was mined from this deposit over 60 ish years.

After lunch which was homemade sausage rolls, we went for a walk back at the Marble Bar rock pool looking at all the magnificent Jasper rock that dominates the area. Such awesome colours in the rock especially when you wet it.

Life is good.

Trevor & Guy.

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