We packed up reasonably early n headed out to our much anticipated Aboriginal Tour with Willy Gordon near Hope Vale. Willy was an amazing indigenous man who took us on a walk through history both past n recent, through his eyes n thoughts n that of his family. Willy was about our age n had had an interesting past 1stly as a welder then a psych nurse until now that he's Storyteller n teacher to both his younger members of his community n to us who r luck enough to do a tour with him! We walked in to the birthing place of his family, what a privilege it was to be able to hear the stories he had to share. Not just factual stories but also the spiritual messages of how to live a good life, one that looks 4ward optimistically n not focusing on looking back with regret or bitterness, what a wonderful n inspiring message. We had a pregnant lady with us in the group n this added an extra dimension to the tour n Willy's stories. We meandered along a ridge surrounded by bush, Willy stopped here n there to tell us something about bush tucker or wildlife or ...we also saw a number of rock art examples all around this theme of it being a birthing area for women of his family. Willy also discussed the deteriorating art n what he was investigating to preserve or restore it. I even got to have a go at some rock painting myself, a moving experience given the surrounding area....it's hard to put into words what a privilege it was to meet Willy today...the tour went well over time n we finally headed off after 1oclock after starting about 8.30. We headed out along the Battlecamp Rd, via Normandy Station n Old Laura. We were surprised at how good the dirt road was, some corrugated parts but overall pretty good. We looked around Old Laura Station n all agreed that we wouldn't be so keen on living in such an isolated location especially 100 yrs ago!! It was a working station from 1878 til 1978! Life would certainly have had its challenges during that period...About an hour past Old Laura we reached our destination Kalpower Camping ground. What a terrific bush camp alongside the Normandy River, even had flush toilets n cold showers! After a nice walk around being careful not to go too close to a resident croc's territory we had an easy dinner of leftover casserole n an early night, a wonderful day all round.