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Big Rigs on the road

Posted by lewisfamilyexploringoz on June 2, 2010

Before i go any further i should have sent a big thank-you to Goldie and Janice for our meal on our first night in Karijini.  We felt pretty special sitting down to a feast of Red Emperor and Rankin Cod with vegies in the middle of Karijini, far away from the sea! Thank you guys it was delicious:)

Start of Kalamina Gorge

We spent the next day going through Kalamina Gorge.  It is a beautiful gorge and walking the gorge you basically follow water the whole way.  We headed off after an early lunch and spent the whole afternoon here. There’s just something about the water – i mean the rocks and different colors are beautiful but when there’s water it doesn’t seem as hot and the sound of running water is very relaxing.  The kids ran on ahead several times and were fascinated that you could drink the water.  They stopped at most of the fast-flowing little falls and had a drink, with calls of can i fill up my drink bottle from here! Very amusing as i grew up near rivers and not the sea so it was interesting to see them so excited about fresh water.  For once there no reminding them to drink water to keep hydrated:)

More water Wade

More water Dan

We stayed at the end of the gorge for quite awhile.  I soaked my feet in the icy water and the boys and Joel stood on either side of one of the pools skipping stones to eachother.  I say to eachother but at times is looked more like at eachother.  Ah magic! We then headed back off towards the start of the gorge walk to the Kalamina Falls.  The kids seem to have decided that all falls must be tried out even if they are freezing cold. Joel and i weren’t quite that keen at the later stage of the afternoon but the kids were keen.

Dan and Wade in Kalamina Falls

Kalamina Falls

We headed back to the car then the 25km of red rock road to our camp.  We were running short of water in the tanks so it was a quick flannel wash tonight – kids had already had showers albeit cold ones! Spent

the night cataloging photos and kicking back in the cold.  Stars sure look pretty tonight.

The next day Joel and Daniel went to the water tank near the visitor’s centre to filter and fill the water tank on the car to put into the caravan tanks so we had water to drink and cook with.  Wade and i made early lunches for everyone and we headed off on our pushies to the Fortescue Falls.  We locked up the bikes and took off towards Circular Pool.  We had done this walk 5 years ago when we first visitied Karijini before the rains hit and we had to get out of the park.  No chance of rain this time.

Circular Pool

We made it to Circular Pool and this time Joel was the first one to dive into the cold water.  Neither of us had worn bathers but we were the only ones there so down to nix and in we went. Holy shit it was cold. After a little while it didn’t seem too cold but that could be because my body was going numb!  The kids actually had to be coaxed in this time – and there were more people here by then too.  So after promises of some chocolate for dessert, in they jumped.  Got out, dressed and headed back up the gorge towards Fortescue Falls.  On the way the kids found a few areas where people had built little ‘cities’ with rocks.  They were groups of smaller rocks all stacked on top of one-another but so unusual  to see.

Rock Cities

We found a few different patches of these rock stacks – not sure if or what they signify but they were really well built and balanced.  Kept on until we made Fortescue Falls.  They are beautiful also – kids stripped off again and into the water they went. Joel and I were still drying off from Circular pool so we didn’t go in – that and it was about 4pm so sun was starting to go out of the gorge.

Fortescue Falls

The kids were mucking around on the rocks so we did some perspective shooting – and no Bezza they’re no really rock climbing.

Rock climbing Fortescue Falls

All in all a great few days at Karijini.  We started packing so we could get an early start in the morning as we are heading toward Port Hedland to stay for a couple of nights.  I need to catch up on the washing and stock up on some more food.

We headed off from Karijini about 9am after stopping at the visitor’s centre for a sticker for the car.  We stopped at Auski for 50L fuel ($1.62/L!) and kept on towards Hedland.  I’d sent an email on Sunday night to the Point Cooke Caravan Park but hadn’t heard anything back so we’ll see how we go getting in.  A few minutes later we had to pull over into a parking bay as directed by an escort vehicle.  As we got closer there were other cars and trucks already pulled over as well, not on the side of the road but into the parking bay itself.  Crikey this must be a big load we thought.  There were 2 escort vehicles and 2 traffic police escort vehicles tag-teaming ahead to stop and pull over traffic.  Turns out there was some mining equipment coming down for BHP and first one on the back of the truck was 15.1m wide and 9.8m high.  Massive!  It took up both sides of the road and still hung over the shoulders of the road on both sides! The other two trucks weren’t quite so big.  The trucks stopped and parked up for lunch on the road, so traffic could still get around them by detouring into the parking bay to get past.

Big rigs view 1

Big rig 2

There were some people waiting with us from Victoria and they had never seen anything quite so big moving on the roads before.  And in the true unsusual fashion of meeting people you know in the strangest places – Rhianna your brother Jamie was there as well.  How bizzare!  We were stuck here for about 40 minutes so i unlocked the van and made some lunch and we headed off after taking heaps of pictures.  We got to Cooke Point Caravan Park and when i went to the office i asked about a powered site – only 2 left and they’ll only take a 16′ van.  Buggar our van is 25′.  After the lovely lady showed me the way to another park, i mentioned that i had emailed on sunday for a site but had not had any reply.  Well, why didn’t i say so – they had booked us a site for the two days as requested in my email but hadn’t let me know.  Yeah, one for the sat dish for internet.  So now we are parked up in Port Hedland for 2 days.  After some discussion we found Joel and Daniel haven’t been into Hedland at all.  Wade and i came to Sth Hedland last year for NorthWest Teeball but Daniel had a soccer final and Joel stayed with him in Karratha.  I’ve managed to do a couple of loads of washing and need to do towels and sheets tomorrow.  Ah the joys of housework – can’t get away from them even on holidays!  It was nice to all have showers and wash our hair!  Mmmmm we almost smell human again!:)

Till next time



4 Responses to “Big Rigs on the road”

  1. Jodie Carlyon said

    Michelle Joel and boys,

    Already I am jealous, sounds like you are having a ball. Keep the updates and photos coming. Take care and look forward to the next update. 🙂

  2. Neil OSullivan said

    Hi Guys, Like the other comments “I’m jealous”. Sounds like every day brings a new adventure for you & the boys. Take care and drive carefully.

    • Thanks Wheel. We treied to stay to see you but it was too cold and miserable for us in Perth so had to head off – will be sure to tip a beer or two for you along the way:) Cheers, Michelle, Joel and Boys. x

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