This Adventurous Age

Adventures travelling and working around Australia.

2004 Travels May 10

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MONDAY 10 MAY     THOMAS RIVER

It was another grey and cloudy day.

Now, the van batteries were not getting enough charge from the solar panels. We had to run Truck for a while, and plug van to Truck, to put in some more charge.

I had been quietly sussing out the CALM group’s set up. They were running a generator to power a few things. I was impressed by how really quiet it was – sitting in the scrub between them and us. I managed to check it out – it was a Honda.

I told John that I was really fed up with this battery angst thing, as soon as we have a run of cloudy days. Power charging should not dictate what we were able to do! I told him he could buy a generator – a quiet one like the CALM people had! This was a real about-face on my part – having always been really anti-generator – and I don’t think he really believed me.

We had a quiet day today, due to regular rain showers. But we did manage a long walk along the beach.

As with much of the southern WA coastline, the diversity and beauty of the plant life was striking.

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Grevillea

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A Hakea?

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Banksia “faces”

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Diversity of flora right by our camp site

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Another hakea?

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Native orchid and what might be a correa

It was becoming obvious that, if this weather continued, we would have to leave this lovely spot and go where there was grid power. Damn.

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