WA- Coast and Desert

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Koala

 

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Indo pacific dolphin at Monkey Mia Beach

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colonies of cyanobacteria called stromatolites

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The most gorgeous sunset ever!

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Termite mound city

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Yardie Gorge at Cape Range National Park

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The endemic Flatback sea turtle nesting! She’s actually done nesting and heading towards the water

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Cy on the prowl of a blue tongue skink! He loves lizards and always blows them kisses!

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Spinifex desert

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Dragon

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Emu

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Black footed rock walaby at Cape Range

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Red Kangaroo, Cy’s Favorite!

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Eighty mile beach and the best shelling ever!

 

We are currently in Perth taking care of errands. It takes some getting use to the city life after going weeks in the remote north western Au where people are few and far between. The coast is extensively developed here with hoards of people enoying the beach and sea cliffs. The WA coast is gorgeous with vast heathlands and acia shrubs meeting the turqoise ocean, interspersed with sandstone cliffs and picturesque beaches. We are enjoying the pleasant southwestern climate (where there are trees again!) which sure beats the 110 degrees we endured in the interior. This area has its own distinct flora and fauna with 1000’s of species found no where else, including some of the worlds tallest trees.

We love and miss you all and grandparents, you will be happy to know that when I show Cy pics of you he kisses them! He remembers and loves you too!!

The Top End

It has been a privilege to feel the scorching dry heat of the outback, experience the eerie silence and admire the illuminating red earth from a sunset. This land is so wild and remote, but we are still seeing some cattle! A wildfire burns the land in the distance and the hot dry wind whips thru the eucalyept trees and small leaved shrubs. It’s almost inscrutable that this harsh ecosystem yawns westwardly for over a three thousand km to the coast. Towns are so far apart that fuel stations are strategically placed every two hundred km or more. We paid $2 per liter ($8 per gallon) at the remote Barkley roadhouse. Prices are expectedly inflated at these middle of no where stops because they have to generate their own power on site using 500 liters of diesel fuel daily. We spent just a few days in the interior around Mount Isa, where the land was surprisingly hilly, rugged and shrubby.
Although, our journey through this vast untamed land is far from over, we are taking a hiatus on the top end of Australia’s Northern Territory in tropical Darwin. We are actually treating ourselves to an air con hotel room here because sleeping conditions have been complete torture! Even with the van’s back screen on, we sweat all night and mozzies (mosquitoes) sneak in! We just visited Kakadu National Park, perhaps Australia’s most famous park. The park is mostly woodland savanna and monsoon rainforest with massive precious wetlands interspersed with spectacular sandstone outcrops sprawling as far as the eye can see. Aboriginal artwork adorns rock shelters with elaborate pictures, some of which are 20,000 years old. Now is the wet season and one of the hottest times of year. It storms off and on all day, which is nice because it cools things off a bit.
We’ve seen tons of wildlife including agile wallabies, snakes such as yellow-bellied water python and the highly venomous northern death adder and many birds found nowhere else like banded fruit-dove, chestnut-quilled rock pigeon and sandstone rock-thrush.
Cy is happy and healthy. He has started walking and talking! We miss you and love you all!

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