This Adventurous Age

Adventures travelling and working around Australia.

2000 Travels September 17

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Very hot day. It reached about 36 degrees!

John rigged up a shadecloth shelter across the worst sun angle, at the back of the van, to try to keep it a bit cooler.

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Our Karratha camp, with shadecloth shelter

Watched some Olympics on TV.

After lunch, we went for a drive to the nearby town of Dampier. This was built in the 1960’s to be an export port for iron ore from the Pilbara Hamersley Mines, further inland. Because of the landforms, there was not room to expand Dampier, when subsequent development began to occur, which was why Karratha was then built.

We travelled past salt lakes and salt works, which occupied much of the approach to Dampier.

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The causeway to Dampier, and distant salt works

There were a number of islands close inshore. The port area was large.

We found a small “beach” and walked along it.

I did not find Dampier a very attractive town, although its location by the sea did make it seem nicer than Karratha.

After that little beach walk, and driving about having a look, we went back to the van.

Tea was soup, cold pork and salad.

Later in the evening, John complained of bad chest pains – the anxiety attack that he gets sometimes? Or maybe indigestion from the pork? Anyway, he did not want to do anything about it, except  stay quiet and wait for it to pass.

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