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samvara: Photo of Modesty Blaise with text "All this and brains as well" (paddling)
Sunday, July 2nd, 2006 06:51 pm
Have kayaked over, snorkeled on, hiked near and dived in the Ningaloo Marine Park. I have seen birds, mammals, fish, rocks, water and one marsupial.

Am very, very happy, somewhat more tanned and a trifle weathered.1

Will update with spammy pictures and details in due course.

1and salty.
samvara: Photo of Modesty Blaise with text "All this and brains as well" (Nemo)
Wednesday, June 28th, 2006 10:46 pm
There's a massive pier off the North West point at Exmouth that has a lot of coral growing on it and a corresponding huge fish population. I managed to organise a dive despite minor problems like not having my dive log with me1 and the only Navy Pier Dive being at 8am on a day we had planned some serious paddling.

samvara: Photo of Modesty Blaise with text "All this and brains as well" (Hiking)
Tuesday, June 27th, 2006 10:44 pm
Back to Exmouth as we needed some basic supplies like fresh vegetables and water and had various wonderful plans to do with internet access, more Anzac biscuits and [gasp] the possibility of showers.

samvara: Photo of Modesty Blaise with text "All this and brains as well" (paddling)
Monday, June 26th, 2006 10:42 pm
We returned to South Mandu to find the tide quite different and our lovely launching spot turned into largish waves crashing on a rocky shore.

samvara: Photo of Modesty Blaise with text "All this and brains as well" (Default)
Sunday, June 25th, 2006 10:41 pm
Our first point-to-point paddle. It was a little more exciting getting into the water at Osprey Bay as the tide was up and it was a bit splashy so we launched in all happiness and paddled North admiring the turtle heads popping up and the sheer fabulousness of finally being out on the water.

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samvara: Photo of Modesty Blaise with text "All this and brains as well" (paddling)
Saturday, June 24th, 2006 08:47 am
Ignored sunrise utterly in the smug knowledge that I wasn't one of the gang who got up extra early and jogged up to the ligthhouse to see it in all it's splendour. They very considerately said "Oh it was shit" when they trotted back, all glowing and happy. 

samvara: Photo of Modesty Blaise with text "All this and brains as well" (paddling)
Friday, June 23rd, 2006 08:46 am
The sunrise was spectacular and we admired it while eating cereal and packing up the tents. All our getting ready was a trifle premature as the site management didn't open until 8am and we had to loiter outside playing frizbee until they came to take our money.

samvara: Photo of Modesty Blaise with text "All this and brains as well" (paddling)
Thursday, June 22nd, 2006 08:45 am
My trip started with me packing a vast amount of stuff including $350 worth of food bought by two girls with bad colds (fear our impulse buying). After some clever car shuffling we collected two hire cars of which I became an offical driver [shiver]. We attached three sea kayaks to the roof of each car and wedged more gear in than I thought possible. 
 
samvara: Photo of Modesty Blaise with text "All this and brains as well" (paddling)
Wednesday, June 21st, 2006 09:12 am

I'm going to see Ningaloo at last! 

[happy dance]

I'll be away from 22nd June to 2nd July; Manager approved my leave request on the spot. [personal profile] ascetic_hedony is very kindly willing to look after the dogs (shall provide love and bribes) and, and Ningaloo!