February 14th, 2008 – by: levittmo
Enjoying the beautiful beaches
Elise and I headed for the island of Rottnest
, only a short ferry ride from Freemantle. It was a great few days of relaxation and gorgeous beaches! It may have been the first time during the trip where I really just totally and completely relaxed. The first two nights we stayed in a hotel which was right on the water. We walked around the island and into the cute town square which has around 5 shops... all which close between 4 and 5... the latest you can get food is 9PM so if you feel the urge after that, don't expect a meal till the next morning (a dieters paradise in a way). On our last full day we took a trip in a glass bottom boat to see the coral reefs and the ship wrecks out in the ocean surrounding Rottnest.
A Quakka (for lack of better spelling)
It wasn't exactly funny... though I found it amusing... Our boat was filled with a group of elderly tourists out for the day. The boat was pretty rocky and one by one you see almost every single person get up and struggle their way upstairs turning a little green along the way. What started as a packed tour was left to about five of us who were able to keep down our breakfasts. That night we moved all our stuff to the cabin and grabbed dinner and some wine to watch the sunset on the beach (how romantic!) ... We discovered our love for Brown Brother's Zibibo sparking wine and enjoyed the evening chatting and watching the different colors all over the sky. Then, reality hit. Upon entering the cabin we were faced with 2 massive bugs and 2 giant spiders on our ceiling. Now, spiders in Australia can be deadly.
at the hotel
.. it's one of Australia's three deadly S's - Snakes, Spiders and Sharks. Elise and I start freaking out and she calls her mom screaming. I decided that I needed to take matters into my own hands and find a tall boy or someone who can kill these monsters on the ceiling. Instead I walk outside to an older couple in the next cabin who are just laughing at us. I ask if they are skilled and killing poisonous spiders and they say no, but I have something that is! The older man gave me fly spray and told me to spray it on them and then leave the cabin because they take a long time to die... oh my. So Elise books it out the door and I fight off the killer spiders... that is until the spider falls off the ceiling and I jump off the chair and leap out of the cabin myself. We went out, had a beer, and came back to face our inevitable fate.... were they dead or really angry? Well one spider was dead... we knew that for sure because he died all over our sheets. After cleaning that up we went to bed, where Elise slept soundly all night and I twitched with dreams of poisonous spiders running through my head. Minus the last night (which was a fairly good comic relief) the trip was very nice and relaxing.