Turtles for lunch
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I drive back towards the coast along the lonely central roads. There are not a lot of traffic in this part of Oz - the cities are very few and extremely far between. But along the road are a surprising high number of the giant Australian roadtrains. Before my first trip to Oz I thought the US was the home of the big trucks. But I soon came to realize it’s not - the real home of big trucks is Australia - especially the northern outback.
The trucks are of different sort - like the usual truck towing three hangers along behind it to the truck with a new house. After a few hours of driving along the road I get closer to the big city of the area. Port Headland - the place really hasn’t a lot going for it - but it is a major port and by far the biggest city for a thousand miles in any direction.
We go down to the water to have lunch. Down at the water is a small park the usual cockatoos are flying around the area but I head down for the coastline. It is high tide so there is plenty of water in the bay area. Apparently there is a huge difference between high and low tide in this area so if you come at a different time of the day there will not be any water anywhere close to the shore. There are supposed to be turtles in the water - but at first I can’t see any. Then suddenly one appears - it is just breaking the surface putting the head above water to catch a breath of fresh air - and then it is gone again. After a little while a new turtle comes up and catch a breath and disappears. This turtle is a little more cooperative than the first one - so I actually manage to get a picture of this one. With the picture in the back I leave the shore.