We are a family of 4 females, the Awesome Foursome. On a not good day, we might be Not So Awesome, and on a bad day, really UnAwesome. In all our travels, our most valuable lesson is to keep smiling. From deep within our beings, to keep smiling.
  • Day14

    Madfish Bay and Waterfall Beach

    January 5 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    We decided to go to the beach for a snorkel as the day was suppose to be a warm 30°C.
    We headed to Green Pool first but lines of cars were parked 300m from the beach so we abandoned that idea. We went to Madfish Bay instead where there were lots of cars but we managed to find a park about 50m from the beach. The water and the winds are really cold so we changed our minds about snorkeling. Just waded knee deep into the ocean and left. We did go to Waterfall Beach to check out the waterfall and there was a tiny one from a deep spring that flowed all year round.
    We then went to the meadery for ice-cream, visited Moombaki winery for a bit of tasting and came back to the accommodation.
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  • Day13

    Walk into Denmark Township

    January 4 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    As we drive to our accommodation yesterday, Ruby confidently declared that it won't be more than 4km walk along the Bibbulmun track into town. Our host did say that it is a very long walk, "upwards of 6km". It was 8.74km from accommodation into town. It was a very easy level walk through Karri forests, swampy reeds, and some lovely vistas of the inlet. There was even a magical section with fairy doors so fairies can enjoy what The Bib has to offer.

    The lovely gentleman at Cottage Craft, where Ruby gets her supply of Seville Marmalade, was so horrified at the thought of us walking all the way back again, he offered us a lift. Tempted but undeterred, we politely declined. We did have lunch in town so we were refueled and ready to walk. We were so happy we did as we FOUND THE CHRISTMAS LEEK ORCHID! Right there, just beside the path. Did not see it on the way there, or maybe it was not opened at 9am when we passed it, but spotted it on the return. We were excited enough and celebrated when we saw the first CHRISTMAS LEEK ORCHID with only one flower on the stalk partially open. Then not 3 metres along was a splendid display. A full stalk, all opened to reward us for the effort of hiking back. Oh, the joys of the forest!
    Ruby made pancakes for afternoon tea which we had on the patio overlooking the many bird feeders in the garden, and watched the birds. Total distance walked today was 20.8km.
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  • Day12

    Denmark Day 1

    January 3 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    We packed up and left for Denmark but we had to meet up with Kai first to help her take her tent and mattress home with us to make room in her car to collect some furniture on her way home. 4 of us hada very delicious lunch together at Don Japanese across the road from Dog Rock Motel, Albany. Kai and Warrick left for Nornalup near Walpole, and we made our way to Denmark.

    We are staying at a 3 bedroom granny flat near the Wilson's inlet. The accommodation is in great location but the house is dated.
    We were glad to be here because we were able to do our week accumulated laundry.
    Generally having a restful day.
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  • Day11

    Albany Day 7

    January 2 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Mount Melville
    Ruby walked all the way back to the accommodation from Mount Melville this morning.

    Garnet Hunting
    Warrick took us to The Sound just after Attaturk memorial to look for garnet rocks. We had to do some scrambling over rocks to get to the place where garnets are found.
    He showed us gneiss and dolarite dykes before showing us garnet in granite rocks.
    Before we found garnets, Warrick showed us sea salt crystals and also the carcass of the leaf dragon. After we found garnets, we continued clambering over the rocks to find shells and find crabs in the rich pools.
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  • Day10

    New Year 's Day

    January 1 in Australia ⋅ 🌙 15 °C

    We woke up early this New Year 's Day to do a new hike at Mount Martin. Not a hundred metres from the carpark, we found a custard sun orchid. This was the one and only orchid we managed to find today. Mount Martin would be a great place next spring for orchid hunting. The conditions look ideal for orchids.
    We finished the hike early so we could go snorkeling at Nanarup beach. Kai and Warrick joined us at the Nanarup beach. It was really good to see them. Snorkeling was not amazing by the beach was a great place to swim. It was extremely cold though.
    We had a very good New Year's Day.
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  • Day9

    New Year's Eve

    December 31, 2022 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Saturday morning in Albany is for visiting the Farmer's Market. We almost missed it as Grace directed us to a very subdued and small craft market in the main York Street near the town hall where we bought 3 huge zucchinis for $1 each. One is a yellow zucchini, something different to try. Fortunately Ruby drove back to the accommodation and instead drove to where she thought the markets were. We felt the bustle of the market as we turned into the street. It was a small but busy market, and was so lovely as everyone queued up. When it was our turn, the stall holders took time to explain the produce to us, and there was no rush. A very pleasant experience indeed. We bought eggs, tatsoi, pakchoi, English spinach, blueberries and cherries, bread and almond croissant. On the way back to the accommodation, we passed a Buddhist monk and nun. We remembered that once a week, Venerable Mudu from the Albany branch of Buddhist Society of Western Australia does a pindapat, when monks walk through the streets with their alms bowl, accepting the generosity of the public made through offerings of food. We quickly parked, stood on the pavement and offered some cherries to the them in exchange for a blessing and a Christmas card. A very privileged experience indeed.

    Lunch was at Chanya Thai near the TransWA bus station with Mimi who just moved from Perth to Albany just over a year ago, Warrick and Kai who moved from camping at Bremer Bay to Albany. Chanya Thai is small family run restaurant with homely food. Our friend Mimi chefs for the owners at another establishment, 6 degrees Pub, so she knows the kitchen staff. We feasted so heartily that Grace and I needed a walk after lunch. We walked along the path outside our accommodation, Lilydale Cottage, towards Middleton Beach. Plan was to walk 20 minutes and then turn back. The whole walk took us just on the hour. We went a bit off track up Mt Clarence looking for orchids, and saw more Slipper orchids. In keeping with serendipitous encounters of the day, we met one of the fellow walkers from yesterday's hike at Bald Head, a lovely young lady who broke her wrist in 3 different places whilst rock climbing (ouch!) and still came along this rock climbing holiday as she'd booked it before her accident. She was looking for her friends who were climbing on the cliffs along that path. She did Bald Head hike yesterday as the climbing spot yesterday was too difficult for her to access with a wrist in cast.
    Another quiet evening in Lilydale Cottage eating through our large stash of food from Perth, and spinach from the market.
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  • Day8

    Albany Day 4

    December 30, 2022 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Bald Head Hike

    We had ham variation number two today as ham sandwiches.

    We started at 8am to hike up Bald Head.
    The track improvements to Bald Head had just finished. There were 17 cars parked already. We were used to being the only ones on this hike . Never known it to be so busy . We prefer the raw difficult hikes where nobody goes .

    It took us 3 hrs 50mins to get to the end of the peninsula. Almost 7hrs to finish the walk.
    The views were as spectacular as ever. The walk was still challenging even with the trek upgrade. They have added 100s of steps and board walks which made it easier then on sand dunes but much harder as there were so many steps.

    With so many people on the track, it was interesting to see the parade of fashion. Many yummy young females wore a full face of makeup and trendy figure clinging exercise lycra tights under crop bra-like tops. One lady even hiked in a cotton sundress one could wear to lunch at a winery. Lots of skin was on parade. I don't know how they went through tight narrow paths with overgrown scratchy shrubs.
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  • Day7

    Albany Day 3

    December 29, 2022 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    We went for shopping and cooked the start of Christmas ham variation. Ruby made a soup with the ham bones. We also got some Coffin Bay oysters and Nannygai fish for lunch.
    I also did my first treatment after my hand surgery and treatment and hand went well.
    We did a short walk into the town centre and back.
    Now just resting and preparing water and food for the Bald Head hike tomorrow.
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  • Day6

    Albany day 2

    December 28, 2022 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Gourmandise start to our morning always sets us up for a great day.
    Today is a pretty chilled day of walking in Albany City Centre, lunch at the balcony of Emu Point Cafe overlooking the new swimming lagoon. It was lovely to return to Lilydale accommodation just above the port of Albany.
    Concluded with a lovely romantic dinner at Liberte.
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