Yardie Creek, more beaching and a beaut-i-ful sunset
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Well today didn't quite turn out the way I thought it would. I had faxed my registration to Ningaloo Reef Dreaming on Tuesday to do two day dives and a night dive on Navy Pier. The woman at the counter of the store where I sent the fax said that it went through ok, even though I asked for a confirmation page to which she said they did not do. Well my $3 fax must not have gone through because I waited for the bus to pick me up from 7:40 - 8am and it didn't show up. Once someone finally answered the phone at NRD, she told me they never received my registration. Lesson learned: Don't trust random fax sending people. Call to confirm they received the fax.
On a side note, trying to make calls here is very annoying and costly. First the calling card still requires $0.
So at 8am, which is too late to join pretty much any other tour in the town (I even walked over to Exmouth Diving Centre and their dive tour had left a half hour ago), I had to figure out something to do. My options were to stay at the hostel all day and use the pool, or rent a car and drive somewhere.
I chose option number 2. By 9:45am, after a lot of hard work to get a car, I was off towards Turquoise Bay (as if I'd go somewhere else) :)
On a funny side note, I was wearing my Dalhousie University shorts that have DAL in bright letters across my bum.
One of the sights on our Perth to Exmouth itinerary was to go to Yardie Creek. Our tour guide insisted it was too far out of the way just to see a creek but we could go if we wanted. Alternatively, we could have more time at the beach. You can guess which option we took :)
Seeing as I had loads of time, I decided to drive the extra 30km each way to see the creek.
The road going south ends at the parking lot of Yardie Creek. So if you want to continue south, you have to cross the creek and definitely need a 4WD. My little Corolla Excel was not going to make it through the creek, and the extra insurance I took out (because of animals loving the roads around here) would be void if I took it in water. It would have been fun though!
After a little hike around the creek, I went to a place called Oyster Shack. It's a small "beach" where you can snorkel. I say "beach" because there's no sand, just sharp, point rocks and no real entrance into the water.
I was then off to Turquoise Bay. Once again it was awesome, although not as good as on Wednesday. The current was much stronger and the visiability wasn't as great. The water was still really warm (27 degrees) and it was nice and hot out. Just after I had finished a snorkel, I was laying on my towel and heard a guy yell out "TURTLE!". I jumped up and swam out in time to take a picture. Since I only have a disposable film camera, I'll have to wait to find out if it came out ok.
After some snorkelling, beach lounging, snorkelling and more beach lounging, I changed spots on the beach and went snorkelling some more on the north side of the beach.
My main goal for the day was to make it to the lighthouse for sunset, which is exactly what I did. There were a few groups with campervans settling down to make dinner and had lawn chairs out to what the sunset. I took so many pictures that the sun was starting to blind me. At one point I closed my eyes and saw 8 little suns in various places. It was absolutely fantastic though. Mostly clear sky with just a hint of cloud. ahhhhhhhh magnifique!
I managed to drive about 200km today and didn't hit anything or even come close to hitting anything except a bird that seemed to be a bit suicidal (but he missed me).
By the time I got back to the hostel and showered tonight, Exmouth was pretty much closed. Even the IGAs (which there are two of and are across the street from each other) closes at 7pm. It's funny because the town is just big enough for one supermarket but there are two: Ningaloo IGA and Exmouth IGA literally across the street from each other. Both, from what I can tell, sell the exact same things. This little town is weird.