Saturday 30th April
Fossicking at Cattlin Creek.
- Weather: Started cool and finally turned into a warm low 20°s sunny day.
- Wind: Calm.
I woke about 4am and pulled on my 2nd blanket by 6am, I was looking for my 3rd blanket, which I didn't have, so I was cold, I got up. Self, remember to get my
sleeping bag for tonight. I will be warm.
Anyway, enough of my sleeping drama. After Marg and I got up, showered and buggered about on the Internet, it was time to go fossicking. We left about 9:45am and
headed towards the Cattlin Creek area. The first thing that we saw was the old Mining 'tower' of the abandoned Cattlin Creek mine. We put the mighty Navara in
4WD and drove beside the dried Cattlin creek, where we parked and then just walked along the dry creekbed and found some nice rocks. After approx 2.5 hours
then we decided to drive the Ravensthorpe Wildflower 4WD trail of 30kms. Even though it is not wildflower season, we wanted to test ourselved by doing the 4Wd
trail. It turns out that we drove about 10kms from Ravensthorpe into the Ravensthorpe Ranges, where we followeed a fire track across the ridge and finally
back to the highway and back to camp. It was great fun.
Sunday 1st May
Day trip to Wave Rock.
- Weather: Sunny with blue skies with a few drops of rain on the way back from Wave Rock. Probably got to mid 20°s.
- Wind: Calm.
It was another mild night. Slept until approx 6:30am, and got up showered and on the internet. As our Wave Rock trip was 400kms there and back, we had to
pull our finger out and were on the road about 9am. Actually 9:06am according to Harry Hema, have I told you lately how bloody great Harry is!!
The drive to Wave Rock had some beautiful scenery and hardly any traffic maybe 10 cars in 200 kms.
First stop was the Tourist Info shop, where we enquired into what the procedure is. We were told to go over the road, where you could buy a $7 per
vehicle permit pass from the kiosk or the ticket machine. We opted for the kiosk. Bought our ticket, drove to the carpark about 100m away, parked
and got organised.
To my surprise, there was more than one rock to view and walk trails. We walked around Wave rock and I walked across the top of the rock, Marg didn't as
she didn't have suitable shoes. Silly girl!! It is a very impressive rock, it is in the middle of flat terrain and then these rocks appear. I got Marg
to took my photo in my old surfing pose, as one does at Wave Rock. I rode the wave without being dumped, a great effort. We decided not to walk the 3km
circular walk of the complex, but go back to the Info shop and have lunch.
As you enter the shop there are 2 magnificent 'stuffed' Wedge tailed eagles, my photos do not do them justice. They were beautiful and the shop owner
would not sell them to us, they would compliment Cyril our croc, beautifully. I had 2 homemade Steak and mushroom pies and Marg had a toasted hamma
and cheese sanga. They were yumma.
After lunch, we drove into downtown Hyden, now remember it is Sunday, so you guessed it, the town wasn't open except for a small petrol station, where
we bought a pack of smokes, then drove around town. There was a very nice sculpture thingie about 50 meters long and was built using the Federal Gov
stimulus package. Again the photo do not do them justice, it was too long to capture everything. I did take a photo from the carpark of the scenery and
the gumtree and fields looks like a painting.
I forgot to mention, on the way here, we drove past a truck stuck on an outcrop, so on the way home, we stopped and took photos of it. Very weird. As we
got closer to ravensthorpe the weather had clouded over and started to drizzle. Usually, this isn't a problem but we had our washing hanging on the line
back at camp, No need to worry, as the camp didn't receive any rain.
We were buggered and had aquiet night watching satellite TV.
Monday 2nd May
Geocaching around Ravensthorpe.
- Weather: Overcast with sunny patches. Probably got to high teens.
- Wind: Calm.
It was a cool night. I was prepared this time and had my sleeping bag ready and slept well.
Today is geocaching day. Geocaching is like treasure hunting using a GPS, like Harry Hema, you join the www.geocaching.com website and look for locations near you and then go and get them. For example, there are 6 caches around Ravensthorpe, so today we decided to find the 6, if possible. We logged on to the website and recorded the latitude and longitude of each cache with the description, eg: the cache might be a plastic lunch box under some rocks or in a bush etc. When you find the cache, there is a pad and pencil where you write your name and date and time. When you have finished with the cache, you put it back where you found it, so the next person can find it etc.
1st cache was at the lookout in the Ravensthorpe Ranges, 2nd cahce was at the Vineyard along the firetrail that we drove 2 days ago, 3rd cache was at the Mt Chester Lookout, 4th cache was at the old Ravensthorpe cemetery, 5th cache was at Hawk's Nest, this was the old site of the Ravensthorpe township, and finally the last cache was at the old Cattlin Mine site.
We were rapt that we found the 6 caches, we left camp at 10am and returned at 3:50pm so it does take time.
Back at camp, I started packing up ready for our drive to Albany tomorrow.