Esperance certainly was a worthwhile experience. This stop was a good chance to regroup after the Nullabour. Our site was right next to the jumping pillow for the kids so they got some exercise. I managed to replace the tubes of both my bike tyres after they were skewered to death by those nasty three cornered thorns at Fraser Range Station. And I had my broken crown patched at the dentist, although I can’t say that my teeth dramas are all over, let’s just say I can eat completely comfortably on one side and sort of comfortably on the other.
We did a tourist drive along the coast the second day and saw some of the amazing coastline nearby. It was a 30 km loop that brought you back via Pink Lake that is now kind of brown because of development and salt harvesting. In the carpark there, they have a sign that has a picture of what it looked like back in the seventies when it really was pink, so you don’t feel too ripped off. It could easily be remedied with a few barrels of cochineal.
We took the kids out to the movies to see Detective Pikachu one night and allowed them to spend some of their own money on Macca’s so they could feel all civilised and exploited again. They also found a clutch (or perhaps a cuteness might be a better collective noun) of tiny puppies at souvenir/gift shop in town. Photos tell that story, another animal highlight for them.
We ran into another travelling family that we crossed paths with at Eucla and Fraser Range. They told us they were headed for a place east of Esperance in the Cape Le Grand national Park, called Lucky Bay. So we decided to give it go too even though it was sort of in the wrong direction. And that’s what you’ll see next…..