|Civilisation. Oh so close yet so very far away|
|10am & we have made it to the end of our journey on the Gibb. Its 45 degrees & the car knows it.|
|A few weeks before most of this would have been in the red.|
Been there done that !
|The water front at Derby. A yacht in the Mangroves up at the high tide mark|
|The tide in Derby is the highest in the southern hemisphere. 11 mtr tides are a regular occurrence.|
|A good example of one of the 11 mtr tides in progress|
|The water comes up over the Mangroves to the left of the photo|
|Stumps from the Old Pier|
|A barge riding the incoming rush of tide|
|A sandbar across the bay soon to be 3 Islands|
|The Boab prison tree at Derby. Nice & cozy when its 40 degrees outside.|
We had intended on staying at Willare Bridge the night & fishing the Fitzroy river for Barra but on arrival at the Fitzroy we were not impressed. The river was not flowing & looked a bit to croc infested for our liking so we opted to continue on to Broome
|As usual Troy was up early & took a walk along cable beach. At the surf club was this letter box.. We also had our own stash but not with such a fancy cover.|
|What do you know. We had been allocated a camp spot next door to Debora & Maurice the Swiss couple from Windjana gorge. |
They had been touring with their parents for the last 2 weeks & only had a few more days before they had to fly their parents home. Debora & Maurice had been to Australia once before for 3 months. They loved it so much that they decided to come back for 12 months & continue the adventure. They had been on the road 3 months so far this trip & already had quite a list of conquests that they had achieved. The Gun barrel, The Gibb, The Simpson desert, Cape york.
Marice was more bushman than most Aussies I know. At the dinner table he would have pet insects that he would feed moths to. Every new camp spot would bring a new group of pets to the dinner table. He is that in love with Australia that he got a southern cross tattooed on his shoulder. In addition to his "bucket list" of roads he has traveled he is the only person I have met that can boast that he has caught a croc on a lure! Debora has the sequence of photo's to prove it. Very impressive
|Were we decided to bypass the Fitzroy and continue on to Broome, Debora & Maurice decided to take a walk on the banks & flick a lure. Marice found a fresh water Croc floating belly up just a few feet off the bank & had to go and investigate further. He managed to Souvenir a couple of teeth before he pushed it back in the water. Next time we meet I'm sure that the tooth will be sewn into the brim of his hat with twine made from buffalo hair that he got when he wrestled a bull to the ground with his bare hands. By day he is a quality control officer with IBM wearing a suit, jacket & tie. I don't think it will fit to well when he gets back to his normal 9 to 5 if he ever goes back..|
|A trip to town for us but not before Troy takes care of a hitchhiker wanting a free ride into town as well.. Maurice it was let go without harm.. Honest!|
|Troy had truly had enough of "Movember" only a few days in & decided it had to go. It wasn't even December yet. First Barber we had seen in months so it had to be done.|
|The main street in Broome aligns with the main North South runway. We sat down for a quiet pint when the first one went over head. It was quite unnerving but after the 4th and 5th........ |
We nearly had a Quantas jet just about take our heads off. Time to move from the pub to some place safe.
|See what I mean! After we figured out what was happening we would look up the street when the next one would go past & see all the OTHER tourists come running out of the shops onto the street to see what the hell was happening.|
|Broome is famous for Pearls so when in Rome....|
|Absolutely beautiful pearl shell|
|Divers Bell Boots & Pearl box. A diver would wear nearly twice there own weight in diving gear.|
|An old pearl lugger in at dry docks|
|One of the hazards of diving... surfing... fishing... anything in the ocean really|
|You have one guess at what they are used for?|
|Penis covers ! yep Aboriginals in the area used to cover their bits with highly decorated pearl shells... I want one|
|main income from the Pearling industry was buttons made from the shell. If you found a pearl it was considered a bonus|
|Clean shaven pretty boy with one hell of a big Pearl shell|
|Troy looking at new carrier possibilities|
|Ouch... this is what you get for your money ?|
|Remember my workmate who flew past us in the chopper while we were stuck at Kalumburu? Well here is the culprit. Guys meet Peter our Broome field technician.|
|A bus load of tourists arrive & take the plunge at cable beach. Just the week before the beach was closed care of a 14ft croc that also wanted to be a part of the action & go for a sun bake on its lovely white sand. Authorities took a few shots at it but they didn't kill it. It did move off though at least that is shat we said in our heads while we went for a swim. This was the first time in the ocean after being teased with the most pristine beautiful beaches you could come across but couldn't swim at.|
|All of our favourite activities and we are unable to participate in any of them|
Another must do was Matso's Brewery. A sample paddle was the way to go. Chilli beer was a speciality. It was a step up from my chilli home brew. A 50/50 mix of Chilli & Mango beer goes down well.
|A mater for the cause. A real Matso's "movember" man..|
After 2 days in Broome we had seem much of what the town had to offer. Many of the locals told us to get out of town & head to Cape Leveque . As we had lost so much time on the Gibb we were not sure if we could make the trip worth while if we bolted up for a night or two & then bolt back. Maurice & Debora had headed up the day before & were due to head out tomorrow. We decided to give it a go & see what everyone was raving about. Before we leave town we had a full nights entertainment in store
|Talk about keen. This guy was having a ball with his mates so we figured we would ask if he minded a crowd joining in|
|Troy joining in the next wave of Jetstar ads|
|The real reason for participating in the activity was the young lass next to Troy... He was on a recruitment drive for tonight's session at the Rowey|
|So this is what all the hype was about. 2 other guys from the caravan park joined us on a trip into town for a few beers & to check out the show. The lady at the Pearl farm actually recommended it to us saying it was a must attend local even if your in town on a Thursday. She assured us it was nothing seedy.The wet T shirt comp only lasted 5 minutes & in the end the boob show just a side show to the rest of the evening that was in the end the main event.|
We had an absolute ball of a night. Troy fell in love with one of the bar staff who had done a cover shot for a mens magazine. He didn't even leave the bar when 2 girls showed up looking for him for. One being the lady from the pearl farm and the other being the girl doing star jumps on the beach ...
Missed it.... by that much!
|Or did he... Chick magnet at work...|
Livin the dream... ( just don't wake me up)