Note: This message is a day late because we did not have an internet connection in our cabin. I had to wait until my Saturday morning to go back down the hill. Enjoy.
The travel weather was great today. We traveled south from Perth and experienced everything from blue sky to dark clouds. It never rained, but got cool in spots.
The ‘Zany Day’ song was “Down Under” by Men At Work, an Australian group who broke into the US market with a major hit in the early 80s. ‘Old School Friday’ may be familiar to some of you: “Oh there once was a swagman camped under the shade of a coolibah tree. And he sang as he watched and waited till his billy boiled. You’ll come a-__ __ with me.” Hint: Now, I realize this is a ‘Zany Day’ type song, but what can you do when you’re down under (555).
The Australian countryside has many variations. From flat plain like stretches to rolling hills to dense forests, it was like a sampler of what one might expect when visiting. There were cattle ranches, horse ranches, and glimpses of kangaroos as we went racing by. We stopped in a place called Busselton for lunch. It’s a small town with a jetty as it’s big attraction. The jetty was built in the 1800s in order to unload ships that couldn’t come into the shallow, natural harbor. John Bussel saved the jetty when it was endangered by a storm by running up and down it’s length over 100 times, drawing sponsorship to rebuild it. The whole place is named after him. It was our first ‘up close’ visit to the Indian Ocean. The first thing we noticed was that it didn’t smell like the Pacific. Odd, but true. I wonder if every ocean has a distinct smell.
Back on the road we saw some kangaroos. These photos are from a moving car, but you can see a mom and her big baby in the first, and what is called a ‘mob’ in the second photo.
Karri Valley is where the triathlon is being held, and when we arrived at the resort it was like being in a mountain campground anywhere in the world, except that there are some green parrots here that I have never seen before.
By the time you read this the race will be over. We will be relaxing in our cabin or maybe sitting by the lake. Either way, it’s being a wonderful trip and more than I imagined. There will be a lot more photos next week.
Have a Wonderful WeekEnd. Time for the ‘Funnies’.