24 July 2010
7:10 seems to be the magic time that we wake up each morning. We went to sleep at the Bungalow Bay Koala Village caravan park to the sound of possums walking on top of our campervan and exotic birds cawing...plus, the sounds of the backpackers bar...and then all the partying until 2:00 in the morning. Needless to say, 7:10 came early.
I made scones from scratch and used the campervan oven for baking for the first time. It was a little awkward to get them evenly cooked, but they turned out surprisingly well. Rob whipped up some scrambled eggs and bacon and we accompanied it with orange juice and coffee. We were moving very slowly this morning, savouring the opportunity to just be rather than have to pack up and move to yet another destination.
When we finally got all the breakfast dishes cleaned up and did some campervan domestic duties (I cleaned the bathroom, for instance), we didn't really feel like trying to go snorkeling on our own. So, while Rob and I lounged in the hammocks by the pool, Jenna did the research about catching a bus and where on the map the best snorkeling is, etc. She found out we could rent a Jeep for $50 for a half day or $80 for a full day. Snorkel gear, plus the "sting suit" would run $15 each. The skies were overcast and it was quite cool and breezy...not really snorkeling weather. So, we opted to lounge some more and then went back to the campervan and heated up leftovers for lunch. Then, we treated ourselves to a nap. It was wonderful.
After our rest, we had an adventure walk down to Horseshoe Bay, but via an unpaved walking path that took us through a butterfly grove where thousands of blue and black butterflies fluttered all over the place. Then, when they would land on the tree branches, they took the formation of leaves to the untrained eye. The path led to a boulder-ladened trail out to the beach that became quite difficult to navigate and, at the end, we had to push through past a bunch of tiny black crabs and bushes to get out to the beach.
A moth in the loo
Once we finished our Indiana Jones adventure for the day, we walked to the Food Mart and got fruit slushies and meandered back to the caravan park on the paved road.
By then, it was time to shower and get ready for dinner in the restaurant. After cleaning ourselves up, we had a lovely dinner of spaghetti bolognaise for the kids and Rob had Thai Green Curry with chicken and I had a Guinness Meat and Mushroom pie with salad and "chunky chips". There was a live band which added to a pleasant dining experience.
Rob and Liz relax after dinner Devon lost his FOURTH tooth this trip today!
Then, it was off to bed.
As I write this, I can still hear the band playing as though they are right outside our campervan - a good 100 metres away. Good thing they're good.
The KEA Campervan at Bungalow Bay Koala Village at night