Sorry you all have to keep reading just my experiences… hopefully the other team members will catch up soon! 🙂
It’s been a bit difficult to get online with our busy schedule (pronounced shed-ual).
On Wednesday we toured the Argyle Diamond Mine with an excellent tour guide, Rhys! (Thanks Rhys!) Unfortunately, there were no clearance bins at the diamond mine, but we did get to wear super-cool hard hats and safety vests 🙂 We also saw wild horses, a stray cow, and a wallaby on the way to the mine. We also met a ton of long trucks on the way– called road trains for a very good reason. These were 4-trailers long, but Rhys said they can actually get up to 6-long.
We changed into our swim suits to head with another Rotary member to Lake Argyle for the sunset boat tour. What a beautiful lake! Spotted wallaroos, euros (even smaller kangaroo type animals), and crocodiles. There are actually 35,000 crocs in this lake!! It’s so large it is called an inland sea.
At sunset we stopped in the middle of the lake for a swim. Stephanie and I jumped off the roof of the boat– fun! Ryan also joined us for a swim while Randa yelled things like “what should I tell your 4-H’ers?” and “has your will been notarized?”
As the sun finished it’s incredible show over the lake, a bright star appeared– Venus!
On Thursday, Stephanie and I booked a 2-hour plane tour of the Bungle Bungles. They’re on the world heritage list, and are just gorgeous.
Then it was off to Perth for all of us, with Narelle and her daughter Ashley flying along to Perth. Ashley was headed back to boarding school, and Narelle flew on to the conference here in Geraldton. We spent one night with new host families (Stephanie and I even enjoyed fresh caught crayfish– lobster!! with Graham & Cheryl), then drove with them to the conference.
We moved in with another new family last night (Stephanie and I are staying together again, and we have pet birds at this house!), and spent last night and today at the conference and around Geraldton.
This morning’s speakers have been excellent– my favorite quote of the day is “beware the prism through which you view the world.” Expect to see that one in a future column 😉
Last night we walked in a parade led by the Geraldton City Band, alongside the German GSE team and just in front of all the many Rotary exchange students here. So neat to see this large, diverse gathering from around the world!
Hopefully I’ll have more time to post photos soon– until then, “g’day!”