Monday, February 08, 2010

1 day of luxurious exuberance!

I am now sat in the tiny airport at Exmouth, waiting to fly back to Perth. The trip up from coral bay was quite interesting. When boarding the coach, the driver mentioned that he had a traumatic journey up to coral bay, and i darent ask. About 30 mins later, in pitch black, out jumps a kangaroo right in front of the bus..... well, needless to say that the bus won the battle. i saw it being hit, and then heard it roll under the bus and then bumped over it with the rear wheels..... it was quite gruesome... and all the driver could say was " there goes another one"

So - arriving in exmouth at 2am, we got to our lodge, which to be honest, was more of a backpackers accomodation. Tanya was not impressed at all. To be fair, it was quite skanky!

On the saturday, we had a wander round the town, and basically, nothing was open. Apparently, the summer of their off season! most restaurants were closed, the visitor center was closed (due to it being the weekend), and even the mini golf was closed!!

So we walked down to the beach and saw some interesting marine life at the foot of the shore - stingrays, a small catfish thing but it looked like a shark, and a turtle!

in the evening, we skyped my parents again, and this time my sister was with them with my 3 nephews! they also bought our dog over so we could see him, but he couldnt see or hear our voices over the computer. he was more interested in licking my dads face!!

On sunday, we hired the 4 wheel drive jeep, and headed to Turquoise bay. This is an amazing beach, and has some of the best snorkelling i have ever experienced. They have this drift, whereby you start at one end of the beach, and the current carries you down over the corals and you just see all the marine life floating by. I saw all sorts of fish, including stingrays, catfish, clown fish... etc etc... the list goes on. we didnt see any turtles or sharks though!!

As our lodge was a bit skanky, i decided to go online and book the 4 star hotel in town as a treat for us both. I kept it quiet from tanya, as i do like to surprise her now and again.

I have to say, that this place was a palace compared to the lodge we stayed in. The room was massive and very new (opened in 2007). The balcony overlooked the marina, so i settled on the sunbed with a beer in my hand, and watched the sunset over the town!!

We then ate at the posh restaurant and had some nice local champange, and mojito cocktails. We then got talking to a british guy working as a waiter there. He had just finished his shift, and was wearing an arsenal shirt!! as i knew the chelsea v arsenal game was going to be on, i asked whether he wanted any company to enjoy the match - as tanya wouldnt be interested!

so, he opened up the conference centre at the hotel, and we watched the match in surround sound on a huge projector screen each with a 6-pack of beer. He also sorted out some potato wedges!

All in all, we probably had the most alcohol and food in the most expensive place on the west coast - it was a good night and well worth it! but hey, its only money!!

So, we have 1 more night in perth, and then we fly back home to the rain and minus temperatures! not looking forward to that WHATSOEVER!


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