My sister has come down from Queensland for a visit and yesterday, with mum and dad we went day tripping to Marrawah, Temma and Couta Rocks. The landscape is pretty wild as it is and it was especially so yesterday with the wind whipping up squally rain.
We began with a quick stop for morning tea at Stanley before making our way to the Marrawah pub for lunch. It was at the pub that we discovered the story of the West Coast "sea monster" (or Globster) and a family link to the story - Ben Fenton was shown the creature by Jack Boote and Ray Anthony when they first discovered it in 1960. Then in 1970, Ben found a similar creature. Testing later found it to be whale blubber, but I prefer to think it was a sea monster.
We had a quick look at Temma Harbour - which frankly, when one day I become a hermit is where I'll pull up digs; then made our way to Couta Rocks. These areas were affected by the fires in January and it was an eye-opener to see just how close the fires came to those shacks. The landscape is mending itself and you could see pieces of almost fluorescent green from the new growth attaching itself to the charcoal-y burnt out trees. I don't think I'll ever cease to be amazed by the beautiful landscape we have here on the NW coast. You know that saying by Samuel Johnson, "When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life"? Well, I think that's the way I feel about this part of the world.
All-in-all a very well spent long weekend. I hope you enjoyed yours!
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