The winds dropped slightly for our last four days in Esperance allowing us to spend a bit of time enjoying the beaches. The waters of the Southern Ocean though are freezing so it’s not easy to get into the water, but with the help of a boogie board I did manage 15 minutes or so. Not sure why, but trying to catch a ride on the waves on a board seems to distract the mind from the freezing cold, and is the only way I can manage to get in above my knees.
There’s a fabulous little Thai restaurant in Esperance, Siam Thai, unfortunately though no outdoor seating so not dog friendly. Kaye and Brian went one night, then minded Tills for us the next night so as we could go too. The joys of travelling with a dog…… It would have been lovely to have shared the meal and the experience with our friends, but never mind, at least we managed to try it out. It didn’t disappoint.
There was a lot more we would have liked to see in Esperance, but having Mr Tilly with us prevented us from a lot of the experiences on offer. Never mind.
After Esperance we made our way around the coast to Bremer Bay, a lovely little seaside town with the Bremer River flowing through it to the East, and some stunning bays to the West. There’s not much of a town there, just a general store, a brewery, a museum, and accommodation really. It boasts two caravan parks though, and both are huge, and both were full.
After Bremer Bay we were supposed to finish our trip in Albany. However, we decided to conclude our holiday in Bremer Bay and headed for home. A few reasons – the weather was better in our home town of Busselton, it was hard to do anything much with Mr Tilly especially as he tends to get anxious when he’s travelling, and last but not least, we have a terminally ill friend in Perth whom we wanted to catch up with.
It was an ok trip, but I have to say I’ve had much better. We had a good talk whilst we were away about our travels, and have realised that much as we wanted to include Mr Tilly in most of our travels, it’s just not working. When away he gets anxious, sometimes to the point of being physically sick. We’re very restricted in what we can do anyway having him with us, and even more so because of his anxiety. Prior to committing to a dog our daughter had volunteered to look after him when we wanted to go away, even knowing some of those trips could be as long as three months. However, we’ve never wanted to leave him for that long. We felt a week or two would be okay, but thought he’d be fine with us for longer caravan trips. This trip has made it clear to us though that if we’re to enjoy our caravan trips we have to leave him behind in good care.
We’ve been planning our winter trip up to Broome without him. If the holiday’s as good as the planning, it’s going to be a ripper. I feel a bit guilty but gee I’m looking forward to this trip without a pesky puppy in tow, and being honest with myself, the last few trips haven’t been that much fun.