We went to Emerald, Ruby and I think Sapphire, all places where they fossick for these gems., we bought 3 pale blue topaz, which were made into a ring for me, it is quite lovely. Other places we saw were Katherine, Mt Isa, Lake Argyle, and on to Broome. Thats a pretty big chunk of our country in one sentance, but there's not much out there. We did go up Katherine Gorge, and took a sunset cruise on Lake Argyle, it sure is enormous. There is so much water up there in the top end during the wet season,( with most of it just rushing out to the sea), and so little down south, there has to be a way to get it to where it is needed. It just needs a bold polititian to spend the money for a pipeline or somesuch thing.
After a few lovely days in Broome, we headed south through, Port Hedland, Roeburn, Karratha, Dampier, Carnarvan and Geraldton. From there it was just a short hop to Perth, 300 miles, to visit with family, and then the last 300 home to Bridgetown. There were only about three occasions that we ventured of the main highways, at Katherine, Lake Argyle and Kalbarri. We had been away just 3 months.
It wasn't till much later that I found out that Walter was worried about having another heart attack. This, despite being told by the doctors and specialists that they had fixed the problem, and 6 years laterwith no further problems, has proved them right. Anyway that was the reason he was in such a hurry, plus he was labouring under the misconception that we could do it all again, but I had kept my promise that I would go once, and for me that once was more than enough. This horrifies some of our family and friends, but there are some that agree with me.
That is the end of my travels, until we get back at the end of the year from Germany and the USA.
I took the little car that has been loaned to me, for a trip to Bunbury today, 100 kms away, mainly to see if it might be suitable to buy, but it was quite uncomfortable to sit in for that length of time, and it is older than my car, so we think the best thing to do will be to get another motor and fix the Hyundai, because the rest of it is quite good.
The world is but a canvas to the imagination.