It was such a delight to sleep in a warm bed (electric mattress pad) and wake up to the view of the sunset over the trees and bush and out to the ocean. It had been raining so much when we arrived that we didn’t even see the spectacular view.
I awoke early and got up to see the beautiful sky before the actual sunrise.
The U.S. debates were on the T.V. at 9:00 am here. I just didn’t want to deal with seeing them. Jan and I took a walk down the road. We saw a mob of kangaroos bounding through the paddock.
The marsh below our path was lovely.
These are some of the grasses growing in the marsh
We walked down to Hillery Beach…
…. Walked out onto the rocks for a bit, but the waves were coming in so we couldn’t stay too long,
On the way back to the Bach (our lovely home), I loved looking at the marsh reflections in the water in the marsh.
After a quick-lunch we drove into Denmark.
Jan and Lyn went shopping in the OP shops. Rose and I took a walk through the town and found the Denmark Gelato Shop. I sure enjoyed the chocolate and Hazelnut cone and had fun talking with the owner.
We met up with Jan and Lyn at the coffee shop and I had a delicious cup of dark hot chocolate.
On our way to Parry Beach we stopped where the river comes into the Southern Ocean. It was called Paddy Shot on the map.
Then we drove to another viewpoint that was above the river inlet.
Jan and I had not been to Parry Beach on our morning hike. Lynn dropped us off there.
The waves breaking on the rocks were beautiful
Lyn dropped Rose, Jan, and I off at Parry beach so we could back to the Bach (our house).
I saw a car that was drying laundry outside the window.
We had a conversation with the woman who owned the car. She is from Cairns and is driving across Australia. She showed us how she covers the windows; stores her food; makes her bed comfortable; and basically lives out of her car. She was having a wonderful time. She cooks on barbecues when available, but does not have a stove. So hot coffee is not an option.
Something exciting for me is that I reached Erin Saver (Walking with Wired) today. She hiked the Larapinta earlier this month and is almost finished walking the Bibbulmun Track now. Since our next destination is Albany, we made a plan that when she arrives in Albany next Sunday, she will stay with us. I am very excited and hope that happens.
Jan suggested that before we walk back to the Bach, we take a little detour on the Bibbulmun Track. I found a Banksia seed that I decided to take home with me. I was calling it a cone, but conifers only produce cones.
Everywhere we go there are more and more flowers.
We walked for a while and then thought we could find a track that will bring us back to our place. We kept saying that we would only go a little bit higher. We could we a track below us in the distance.
We were certainly enjoying the views on this hike.
I took a few photos of the Banksia and we were trying to figure out how the seed pod dried out and fell off of the plant.
I think they are fascinating.
Finally we decided that we better turn back. Jan saw a track below us that might be a shortcut. So we started out on that one. After a while, she decided that maybe we should turn back and find the first track. I asked her how we would know where we had cut down to this track and she said that we would watch for our footprints.
We decided to carry on instead of turning back. Then we found another track below the one we were using. So we dropped down again. Rose felt confident that we were going in the correct direction. It was getting a bit late. Luckily Rose was correct and we made it back to the Bach.
The sun sent rays through the sky. I though it was beautiful with the clouds above and the trees below.
Lyn had made a delicious Quiche for dinner and after dinner we played “Kings in the Corner” again. I taught them the game a few days ago and we have been playing it every night.
Jan certainly did a great job picking a place for us to stay. We all decided that we could easily live in this house.