This Adventurous Age

Adventures travelling and working around Australia.

1999 Travels November 9

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Again, we slept in fairly late.

About 11am, John went fishing – all the way to the rocks just near our van! I did a few casts too. No success for either of us.

After lunch, we drove east, out the Gladstone road, to buy some asparagus; we’d seen a sign for this as we came into town on Sunday. Bought a kilo at a very good price.

We continued driving on the Gladstone road, through pretty country, with farms and some marsh in parts. Some 20kms from Bridport, took a minor road towards the coast – to Blackmans Lagoon, where we thought there might be birdlife. There wasn’t and the lagoon was nothing special.

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Coastal dunes and vegetation in Waterhouse Conservation Reserve

We continued on a 4WD track, for 3kms, to Waterhouse Beach, which is across the bay from Bridport, and in the Waterhouse Conservation Area. It became a varied drive, through dunes and coastal vegetation. We stopped where the track met the beach and did not venture onto the soft sand, though others before us had done so.

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Storm coming in – Waterhouse Beach

There was a spectacular storm front building behind us, as we reached the beach, so we decided to retreat back the way we had come. It began to rain as we were driving back towards Bridport.

Later in the afternoon, we had really heavy rain, and thunder and lightning. The storm light on the bay was really unusual and quite special, and I ventured out to take a number of photos to try to capture it.

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Storm over Anderson Bay at Bridport

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Stormy skies over jetty ruins

I cooked a batch of asparagus soup, with some of our purchase today.

For tea we had the last of the potato and bacon soup, sweet and sour chicken with rice, and yoghurt.

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