Saturday, 22nd to Tuesday 25th June 2013
We stayed 3 nights at Niagara Dam [CAW6 WA #350]. This is a magical place, the rocks make you think of a moon landscape. We were lucky enough to get a campsite overlooking the dam.
After setting up the caravan, we decided to go and look for a geocache. We started out towards the dam wall realising quickly that my phone was running out of battery – no way we could use it to find the cache. The hint told us that it was on the eastern side of the dam wall in a cave. We decided to attempt to find it solely based on the hint. Looking into a few caves, we soon realised how futile the exercise was without knowing the GPS location.
Soon the moon rose – almost a full moon, tomorrow it should be full moon.
The next day we went for a drive. First stop Menzies, looking for a geocache. What a frustrating experience. The cache was found fairly recently and the log talked about an implement to retrieve the cache. We think we found the implement, but not the cache.
These kind of stories are fascinating for me. A little bit of history with a twist that shows the priorities of the times.
Throughout Menzies, there are many silhouettes depicting scenes of the past. Lesley captured this camel and it’s Afghan Driver very well.
The roadhouse in Menzies is closed, but there is still the possibility to buy fuel 24 hours a day with the help of a piece of plastic and the relevant pin number. We stopped to check out the diesel price (159.9/l). As we were stopped at the roadhouse, Lesley noticed another Kedron pass on the other side of the road. ‘That’s John and Maureen’ she exclaimed and called them up on the UHF: ‘Is that you John and Maureen?’ A vague ‘Yes’ came back over the ether. They stopped and we caught up with our friends. John and Maureen were part of the group we originally were supposed to join to cross the Outback Way. They had a really good time and apparently the group worked out very well.
It was good to meet up with Maureen and John and to find out that they had a good time as well.
Lake Ballard, apart from being a vast salt lake, it is also the venue of ‘Inside Australia’ an exhibition of 51 sculptures by British sculptor Antony Gormley. The sculptures are all based on scans of the people of Menzies, apart from a few scans of passers-by.
Our friends Kay and Bruce arrived earlier and were on their way back from viewing the sculptures. The water you can see in the background is an illusion, a fata-morgana. The hooded jacket that Kay is wearing is well justified as a fierce wind was blowing.
I ventured up a little way, but the path was too steep and too slippery for me to continue. I took a couple of photos from my vantage point.
We headed back to Menzies Cemetery. There is a multi cache at the cemetery. I don’t like multi caches. Too complicated for me. I suppose they are encouraging geocachers to explore and interact with the area, but for me it never works out.
Cause of death Diabetes: in 1897, what would they have known about diabetes? What exactly would have been the cause of death? Diabetes doesn’t kill, it is only the side effects that kill. Suicide would open up more questions. Why? What would have driven William Smith to suicide at the age of 41? Mine accident is a cause that is much more understandable.
We returned the way we had travelled but past the turnoff to Niagara Dam to proceed to Kookynie. Two geocaches in this living ghost town.
We returned to Niagara Dam and gathered again to watch the moon rise. It was a special full moon, a super moon. This means it is a full moon that coincides with the moon being closest to earth.
On Monday, Chuck and Katrina joined us at Niagara Dam. After they set up, we had a cup of tea in front of their van.
The rest of the day I will put into a separate blog.