The 2nd days walk

Sorry to disappoint anyone who was looking forward to following along for a few full days of Cape to Cape walking. The guys bailed out! There were reasons….. One reason was the second day was to have been from Ellensbrook Homestead to Rainbow Caves Road, which would have been around 15.5 kms, providing they could walk directly there across the mouth of the Margaret River. In the summer the rivermouth forms a solid, walkable sand bar, but in the winter, when the river breaks through the sandbar, the only way to the other side is to walk a reasonably boring additional 7 km detour, some of which is on main roads. Currently the sand bar is still forming, and they didn’t fancy the boring detour.

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A short walk to Quinninup Falls along the Cape to Cape track

I picked up my friend, Kaye, on my way to drop Paul and grandson Josh off for today’s walk on the Cape to Cape walking track. They were doing more than 20 kms today, which is more than Kaye and I care to walk. Never-the-less, we couldn’t let them have all the fun. After they set off towards the south on the track from Moses Rock North car park, Kaye and I set off for a shorter walk towards the north.

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The broadwater wetlands

We live in the suburb of Broadwater, so named because of the broad expanse of wetlands at the rear of the suburb. The suburb is approximately 1 km deep from the centre of the Broadwater part of the wetlands to the coast. Our unit is in the middle of the complex directly under the B of Broadwater on Bussell Highway on the map below. That means we’re approximately 500 metres walk from the bay, and approximately 500 metres from the wetlands.

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Mirrors in the garden

When a friend first saw our little unit for the first time she tentatively asked if we would find the closeness of the fences in the rear courtyard claustrophobic. Living on a large property bordering the beach I can certainly understand how this would be the case for her, but coming from a small suburban block I had no doubt the confines of a courtyard garden wouldn’t bother us. However, her comment still prompted investigation into successfully creating an illusion of space.

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Lag in IPad keyboard

I’ve been having difficulties with my I-pad again. The touch screen types ok for about a sentence, then it starts to lag, a little at first, but after a few sentences it’ll lag behind for a full sentence. Because of the lag all of the automatic punctuation and corrections don’t happen, so typing has become very frustrating, and has required a mountain of corrections.

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The cape to cape walk

This 123 kilometre walking track runs from the Cape Naturalist lighthouse, approximately 13 kms from Dunsborough, to the Cape Leuwin lighthouse close to Augusta. It’s a beautiful track with a mix of easy, moderate, and challenging sections. Some of the easy sections are on good, wheelchair friendly, paved tracks. Some of the challenging sections are on lengthy stretches of beach with what I’ve heard described as ’soupy sand’. Many years ago Paul and I did a day walk along one of the sections. It was so long ago that I don’t remember which section we did. However I do remember that it included a short section of that ’soupy sand’, an experience I won’t be repeating any time soon. It was only about a kilometre in length, but geez, it was tough going.

Our grandson, Josh, came down here with a friend last autumn to make a start on the track.

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Reclaiming my life

Do you ever feel like technology takes more from your life than it gives? Computer games, News on line, and googling everything and anything as little queries enter your head, My computer usage could easily be termed an addiction, and I know I could be a lot healthier in both mind and body if I made better use of my time. Some weeks my daily average screen time exceeds four hours, and if i’m to be honest with myself, more than half of that time is just mindless time wasting.

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