01.01.2012 42 °C
Happy New Year!
It was already hot when we woke this morning. We started the day by walking along the jetty intending to go for a swim. The jetty has three sets of stairs along its length approximately 500 metres apart that lead down into the water, or onto the sand if the tide is out. The beach is very shallow and when the tide is out the water’s edge is nearly at the end of the jetty. When we went out there last night the water was really warm. We used the second set of stairs which took us into (freezing!) knee deep water then we waded along to the next set of stairs by which time the water was chest deep. Blue swimmer crabs are common and Glenn nearly steped on one. Lucky the water was so beautifully clear and he saw it in time. After a swim we waded all the way back to the first set of stairs as the tide was coming in. Dad had mentioned we might see some strange machines on the beach, and as we walked in we saw one. The odd looking contraption was towing a boat over the shallow water to where it was deep enough to motor away.
When we arrived last night the general store was closed so we didn’t have any supplies for breakfast. Once we had eaten we sat in the shade, and went for a couple of short walks, but you really can’t do much in the heat.
We had lunch at the pub where it was wonderfully cool. The afternoon consisted of trying to stay cool. A nap in the tent was incredibly hot – but the cold shower afterwards was great!
We had dinner at the pub – again! (there were some people there who hadn’t left at all between lunch and dinner.)
We had hired some crabbing gear and after dinner as it cooled off a little we went out to the end of the jetty and tried our hand at crabbing.
We caught lots of blue swimmer crabs. Most were undersized so we threw them back but we did keep three.
Crab ring in the water
Blue swimmer crab
We saw another beautiful sunset as we walked back along the jetty.
Back at camp we cooked our crabs up for supper
Eating our crabs