After rain all night we woke this morning to clear blue skies, not a cloud in sight. How wonderful to see the gray has passed over, it was starting to look too much like the UK for our liking.
|The clear blue sky, not a cloud in sight.
We tried several spots, this place was better than Yowah in the there were no signs telling us to keep out or we would be prosecuted for trespassing onto an claimed area, and it was so pretty too being in the hills with trees all around us. Now for the pretty picture of the day <g>
We tried this place and that, got the spade out and dug here and there, pottered around this gully and that gully but nothing jumped out at us with our name on it. Time to get back into the car and go look somewhere else, just a well we are only doing this for fun and not for a living!!
Ooops, car decided to go down instead of forward, it would not go back either. We had somehow managed to land in a bog hidden in the grass. I suspect it was once a pit that had been back-filled and with all the rain had turned into a rather deep bog, just big enough to get the Land Cruiser stuck in, for all the world it was made to measure. Out with the spade again along with the Maxtraxs we bought in Darwin and plan to take back to Saudi with us.
Dig here, try, no luck, dig there, try again, still stuck and so it went on for about an hour with me feeding Alan water and Alan digging.
Time to give up and seek help, we were bogged down to the axle and until the land dried out a bit we were not going anywhere. Time to put our survival knowledge into action. Lots of water needed, all we could carry, torch and spare batteries, lighters, hats, boots, painkillers, anti-septic wipes, plasters, passports etc and off we went with Alan also carrying the Sat Nav and GPS so we knew where we were going.
|Crocodile Dundee heading into the unknown!!!
|The first home we called at
Tommy and Beulah lived about 150km away and for the past 30 years had been coming to this location fossicking for sapphires. They had a caravan which they left at their 'second home' as they called it and a large corrugated iron roof covering over the top, the carpet was gravel stones to keep the dust and mud problem down, the loo was a long-drop and the bathroom was the creek. They had gas operated fridges to keep the beer cold and a bed outside in case they chose not to sleep in the caravan. What a wonderful home, I am so jealous, the views, the trees, the wildlife, all so perfect.
|Tommy and Beulah's 'second home'
Night was setting in and we had to say our good-byes and head back to our rather posh cabin at the Emerald Valley Caravan Park Retreat for hot soup and an early night.