I think I broke Jo.
So proud, she was, of never having been sick from drinking.
About half an hour ago she was wrapped around the bowl praying to the gods to let her die.
Today, she becomes a man!
We hit the town of Albany last night. And for a while there, it seemed we were the only women in sight. Maybe even the only ones in town. And it certainly had it's advantages. Free drinks heading our way from Brian the bartender, and Bryce the crying man.
But it was time to take those drinks, and Jo's pool winning streak and head for the next bar, where we found more of the same gender.. It turns out they'd all just been next door.
This morning we're supposed to be attempting to climb some mountain in Albany, but I'm struggling to get a coherent response from Jo.. She does have the dexterity to climb to the top bunk though, so we're making some progress.
I can't sleep again, or we'll miss checkout. So while Jo rests, I shall blog about our day yesterday, I had the brilliant idea to do it at about 3 in the morning.. But I don't think I could make my fingers work..
So we started off by checking out of Walpole, and heading up to see the great tingle tree, it's a small walk out in the bush, and it's treated path all the way to the tree.. But only dirt path back again.
On our journey back to the car, something moved in the bushes. Joanna screamed and I scolded her for making such a big deal about leaves.. And we moved on.
Only a little further up, something moved again. Jo had the common sense to jump out of the way, instead, I looked to where the noise had come from, only to find myself face to face with a snake in the bushes.
I looked on, quizzically at first, until I realised what was looking back.
I looked the snake dead in the eyes, his cold, expressionless eyes. And said...
"ohmygod it's a fcking snake, run!"
And flailed around in my mad attempt at running away.
Suddenly, we reach a fork in the road, I panic as a man emerges from the bushes ahead on the left, and Jo pulls me to the right. We run for another few meters (running out of breath rather quickly) and once it's quietened down, and looks to be safe, Jo says "you shouldn't run away, it makes them chase you.."
It was then I realised sandals probably weren't the best choice for our day in the harsh Australian forestry.
But from there, we felt we weren't done.. It was time for the tree top walk..
Which is actually rather safe in regards to snake spottings, but Jo is a little afraid of heights.. Which makes it all the more fun for me, especially when the walkway moves so much in the air.
It's kinda cool, extremely touristy, but I'd love to go back on a ridiculously windy day, and feel the railing move then. I think it'd be a little exciting.
Jo survived the 40 metre high walk (the lighthouse at cape Leeuwin was 61, and the Gloucester tree was 56) and we got some photos of her not fearing for her life, which is all you can ask for really.
Once we were done bouncing up and down on the walkway and the car seat of the photo setup (you'll know what I'm talking about when you see the photos), we moved on to Albany.
But not before making a regretful stop at the dinosaur museum.. Which turned out to be a little bit creepy.
A small attempt at a bird and reptile park out in the bush..
It wasn't the best plan considering my fear of birds, and our mutual hate for snakes from earlier. But I faced my fears and walked through a pathway lined with birds to get out to feed the kangaroos.. And then walked back through to leave, it was awful.
We left somewhat quickly and fled to safer ground, where it just seemed to want to rain. It wasn't what I was hoping for, but it was refreshing, and Albany really is beautiful.
Today we planned to do the blowholes and the lookouts etc etc. But I don't know that Jo is up for it, and given the chance I think I'd pay an extra nights stay, just to sleep in another few hours. But I guess I'll have to settle for a
bacon breakfast at Dylan's cafe. Om nom.
Stop talking so loud!