Scuba Diving the Ningaloo Reef

August 16, 2014

Went Scuba Diving today in the Ningaloo Reef here in Western Australia! We saw some great marine life including a sting ray with a wing span taller than myself. I hadn’t scuba dived since Thailand but it all came back rather quickly. It’s so incredible to enter their world beneath the water. You’re the visitor. I really look forward to scuba diving more when I get to the Great Barrier Reef. It is so wonderful and I want to do it again and become fully confident and comfortable with my capabilities under the water!

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Car Broke Down…

August 3, 2014

Car Abandoned.. Curve ball in the road trip. Our car broke down and seems not worth fixing. I did manage to hitch a ride by myself North to Exmouth with some nice elderly people. Need to make a plan quick bc it’s expensive here. Either need to find a new partner in crime to hop in their car heading East or I may just book a ticket to Cairns in Queensland. Never a dull moment!10530758_10204432294190713_1236918416034216262_n

First Impressions of WA

July 29, 2014

Western Australia State.. It’s simply amazing. Three emu’s bolted in front of the car today crossing the road on the way to Monkey Mia. We arrived at Monkey Mia in Shark Bay (no joke) and after hours of driving through the outback with nothing in sight we arrived a Monkey Mia. It’s hard to explain but it’s a small community in the middle of nowhere. You pay for a camping spot and inside the park area there are camping spots, a restaurant, grocery store, billiard room, pool/jacuzzi, tennis court, etc. The attraction? It’s home of a place where wild dolphins come on a daily basis for feeding. Therefore, tomorrow morning they have the morning meal where you go to the shoreline and see all the wild dolphins congregating for their daily meal. Tonight during sunset which was simply amazing, there was a dolphin about 10 feet from shore pacing back and forth. He/She swam along the coast for over an hour. It got to the point where the handful of bystanders walked away after taking sufficient photos and watching the gentle creature splash around for nearly 30 minutes. At one point it came about three feet from the shore and rolled on it’s back and it seemed like he/she was scratching it’s back on the ground . It was awesome. I am really happy with my choice to go up Western Australia as most people stick to Queensland on the East Coast. There aren’t too many tourists and it’s a genuine outback experience. I will eventually make it to the East Coast but for now I’ll soak up the beauty of being in the middle of no where’s seeing the wildlife Australia has to offer. #GreatAustralianRoadTrip.

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Australia West Coast Road Trip Has Begun!

July 27, 2014

Hello world! Just got signal after a long stretch of no connection. We are on day 7 of the road trip heading North up Western Australia’s Coast. In a quick summary, it started with rain for a couple days.. We realized our tents aren’t so waterproof so we booked it North to gravitate towards the warmth and dryer weather. We are using an app called “WikiCamp” where people post free/cheap places to camp along the way. We visited the Pinnacles National Park which was kinda cool. Couple days later we found a Farm Stay where you set up camp on someone’s farm. The family was super friendly and we ended up staying there three nights. It was right on the beach and next to the beach were sand dunes! The sand dunes were huge. Down the road also was a pink lake. No joke, a bright pink lake due to the algae. The following day the couple who owned the ranch asked us if we would help them slaughter a cow.. Soooo we obliged. Luckily the guy already shot it and slit it’s neck by the time we got to the scene (sorry, vegetarians). It was intense. We actually held the heart. . We mainly were there to help transport the quarters to the fridge since they were so heavy. It was an experience. The meat will feed the family for the next year and from the looks of it, the cow had a nice life. We also caught chickens (no, we didn’t kill them) and our last night they cooked a leg of fresh lamb for dinner. They were an amazing family. After dinner we got a lesson on safety on the road up north. Australia has a lot of great wildlife and some which can be quite dangerous. There are wild camels (yes, camels) roaming around as well as kangaroos, emus, pigs, dingo dogs and cows. All of these can run you off the road so we got to keep out eyes peeled. I just hope I see a wild camel roaming around. Up north we have to be careful for crocodiles in the ocean and were advised not to swim unless there is a sign saying it’s safe. Also, killer jellyfish roam those waters. Also, brown snakes and various spiders are about. I feel like I am the Crocodile Hunter . Also, today in the National Park we saw whales! They are migrating North and we saw them come up and blow air out of their blow hole and then go underwater sticking their tail in the air. It was an amazing sight. Now we are at Kalbarri National Park and it may be the last time I have signal for a while, I sure hope so because it’s nice being disconnected. Anyways, wish everyone well! The‪#‎GreatAustralianRoadtrip‬ has officially began!

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