It´s been more than two weeks now since we came back from our trip north to Shark Bay, and it is hard to put in words what a fantastic trip it was. All the photos, all the experiences, all the adventures are having a hard time to land on this blog. We are starting to fear that we are actually starting to forget certain aspects. And hey, that was the whole point of this WordPress thingy, saving & sharing memories. This shall be a focus over the coming days and weeks, sharing, sharing and sharing. Promise!
Curious where we were in detail? That´s actualy all mapped out here, so feel free to dive in there while we are collecting our memories, yes?
So yesterday we broke a world record.
Seriously, a Guinness World Record !
We were one out of 448 4WD vehicles that broke the existing record of 154 cars, set in Doha for the largest convoy of off-road vehicles in 2014. Sounds weird? Was weird 😉 Almost 500 cars in a little coastal village, every available space in the “centre” was cramped with cars..
It sounded quite challenging; The whole convoy had to be moving through the dunes and all vehicles had to stay maximum two car lengths apart from each other. Bogging was obviously no option. Nature calls where´t either (Jakob had to jump out of the moving car to do his business and jump back in afterwards). But it worked out fine, they had set out a very easy course and the convoy “snaked” through the sand. A quite bizarre setting, you sit in a car amongst hundreds of other cars and kind of do the airport security line up thing, back and forth and back and forth …
Apparently this still needs confirmation by Guinnes but is seems like “we” smashed that world record. And that´s a cool thing, isn´t it? The only bad thing about the day was the never ending gibberish of partly extreme profanities throughout the UHF channel, that was asigned for the event. Just like some people think they can neglect all manners in the internet´s anonymity, a similar thing seems to happen on UHF radio. After all, nobody knows who of those 2000 people present hadn’t yet made it out of their anal phase. But some people appear to find it incredibly funny to talk about genitalia, or even better somebodies mothers … and frequent reminders to watch their language worked as a stimuli for even worse language.
One of Lancelin´s official event photo, courtesy lanceling.com.au
Well, I´ll conclude with quoting a warning I got before the event “You are about to experience a rather peculiar, special type of Australians, make sure to remind your family that that segment is not necessarily representative”
So we are on the BIG trip. No idea when this will go online, when we will upload photos. Being online is very rare, reception is spotty and that is a good 😊 thing. The last two days we spent in Francois Perón National Park. Away “from it all”. Landscape that is hard to describe, words just can’t express the beauty and uniqueness. And off-road tracks that are what I have been dreaming about for years.
A 2.5 m tiger shark, 3 bottle nose dolphins 🐬 including a baby, an eagle ray just a meter from our feet, a zillion crabs 🦀, 4 Emus going for a swim next to us, a lizard on the track and all sorts of “footprints” on the sand
That’s just a recollection of what we experienced today. And all that just around Cape Peron, just by strolling along the beach and meeting some researchers at Cape Inscription that pointed the tiger shark out for us. They had been waiting for two days for that spotting! They were flying a drone to observe the shark. Aim of the research is to have drones patrol public beaches for semi-automatic shark management. Awesome 👏🏼!
On the way north from Perth we stayed two nights close to Kalbarri and also there it was fantastic. Fantastic landscape carved into sandstone by the Murchison River. It’s a big attraction, especially for flies, must have been some millions of them there. The boys didn’t like that very much…
How is the camping ⛺️ you ask? Wait for the photos 😁 In Kalbarri we stayed at an actual camp site, Murchison Station, quite agreeable with spots along the river on the lands of the working station. Here in Peron we set up camp just behind the beach, deep into 4WD-only land in a so called camping area featuring a biological (?) toilet and that’s it. Very nice 👍🏼 Not absolutely straight forward to bring water and food and everything for a family of five but we manage. Right now we have set up the tent right on the beach just south of Denham. Fabulous!
One strong impression this trip makes is a sense of scale. A sense of the shear vastness of this beautiful continent. It doesn’t take much to be a day trip away from water/food/communications/you name it.