Friday, January 14, 2011

Ocean Swim and Kangaroo Sighting

On our 'Big Day Out', we started at Harvey Dam to do some bushwalking, play at the playground, climb the stairs to the top of the dam to view the lake and to see how low the water levels are in the Southwest, and to have a 'Sausage Sizzle'. At the dam, there is an amphitheatre and beautifully maintained gardens with native trees and flowers, plus a picnic area with free electric barbeques. Aussies love their bbq and no bbq goes without sausages! A new friend and Harvey Senior High School colleague, Colin Newton and his wife Miho were our cooks and tour guides today. Next stop - the beach. A short scenic drive to the Indian Ocean. Harvey is 18 km from the seaside, so I can't complain. The wind was up so the waves were rough, but it was nice to be at the beach in January. I believe that the water on the west side was warmer than the Pacific side beaches in Sydney. Caleb and Jackson had a blast being pushed over and up the beach by the incoming waves. They would be ankle deep one second, and then up to their armpits the next. After a picnic on some locally produced cheeses, meats, and fruit juice we headed home along the Old Forest Road. To cap off a wonderful day, Becky spotted some Kangaroos. I braked hard to make the approach and quickly turned into a farmer's side road to investigate. Our first Kangaroo sighting was a good one - 11 roos in the mob! It was a good day:)

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