Morning. Slept really well last night and must admit I am really relaxing into this nomad lifestyle. I have broached the subject of a permanent 'no fixed address' status for us, to which the reply was "I'll think about it". Which actually means "you is off your head girl!".
Well the slept really well also included slept in late (only in driver nazi time - it was actually only around 8am and it is Saturday) so straight up and pack up so we have time (ha ha ha) to take Bailey down to the beach for a run around before we pack him in for the day :-).
It was lovely down at the beach and we really enjoyed our walk - all 3 of us. Just when Damien thought we would we be on our way I had another surprise for him up my sleeve. Some of you may not know this about me - but I LURVE oysters, and Ceduna was bragging "best oysters in Australia" and well CHALLENGE ACCEPTED.
On the way into town the day before I had noticed a little Oyster Bar and well decided it would be the perfect place to challenge the statement. I will say this of my wonderful husband (who cannot stand oysters by the way) he didn't flinch and smiled as he drove me there.
I hoped I wasn't being led on a bum steer, and I guess when you walk through the door and the guy is shucking them in front of you you can pretty much guarantee they are going to be fresh if nothing else. I only have 2 words for Ceduna oysters GASTRONOMICAL UTOPIA
I only had half a dozen, but even though the town was full of full blown natives, the accommodation was satisfactory at best and we were in the middle of nowhere - I WANTED TO LIVE THERE FOREVER AND FEAST UPON THESE JEWELS OF THE SEA. answer: "get in the bloody car it is nearly 11 o'clock and we haven't even left Ceduna".
We finally hit the road and upon discussion decided that because we had left late we would seriously be limiting the stops to make up for lost time. Upon reflection, this decision was made not long after the oysters, I think Damien may have prayed on my happy moment and used it to his advantage -hmmmm.
I checked the map and after a serious "eenie meenie miney moe" moment we decided to stop at Minnipa - at the Tcharkulda Granite Rock Formations for the sightseeing event for today. Turns out Minnipa is also home to the Concrete Crapper!!
I really love it when you have absolutely no expectation of something other than to stretch your legs then you walk up a rock and WHAM you turn around and your eyes are feasting upon a 360 degree panoramic view of the most beautiful scenery South Australia has to offer. It really is a pretty state and I am thoroughly enjoying every moment I am spending here. I will say this though DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCE GO TO THE OUTDOOR DUUNY AT THE ROCK SITE - I WON'T SAY WHY JUST DON'T GO THERE!!!!!!!!!
Very happy with our choice of sightseeing moment for today, back into the car and heading for Port Augusta for the evening. Only a quick stop for food and the rest of the afternoon in the car.
We hit Port Augusta around 5pm and found our accommodation for the evening. It is a sad state of affairs when after the guy with no teeth gives you the keys to your room after you have interrupted him feeding his 120 cockatoo's (I seriously wish I was exaggerating) and you become aware you are really on the wrong side of town (insert dueling banjoes music) you do the happy happy joy joy dance coz you have a toilet in your room!!
To truly commemorate the moment we had a couple of lovely glasses of fine Clare Valley wine and beans on toast!!
Tomorrow we leave this lovely state and I must admit I would love to come back for another visit - it truly is beautiful. I am looking forward to seeing the Flinders Ranges - apparently we crossover them tomorrow.
Lights out ..... Goodnight x