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Wool Bay & Innes N.P.

October 28, 2010

Last weekend Drew and I were invited to Wool Bay, a tiny vacation town/fishing spot on the Yorke Peninsula. The peninsula is gorgeous and only a  3.5 hour drive from Adelaide. With the full moon came a low tide, which was perfect for catching blue swimmer crabs. Using only a rake and a bucket we walked out about 100 yards into the water and caught about 50 crabs between 6 people. They were surprisingly easy to catch- you just rake the surface of the sand (which disturbs the crabs that hide right beneath the surface), the crabs pop up with their claws raised, and you scoop them up with the rake and plop them into the bucket! We had quite a delicious feast that night.

After Wool Bay we drove further down the peninsula to Innes National Park. Innes was an old port town that used to mine Gypsum back in the day, but is now just a beautiful coastal park with breathtaking beaches and little islands that jut out of the bright blue water. There were kangaroos, emus, and sleepy lizards everywhere. We arrived there Sunday night and set up camp in an area only about 20 yards from the beach. At one point, we were looking at a light in the distance that we thought might be a town, but it ended up being the brightest moon we had ever seen. Pretty cool. The next day, we got up early and toured the park. The flies were unbelievable. They land on your face, on your back… they just don’t stop. So we stayed for one more night and left the next day. We could’ve stayed all week, relaxing and hiking around, but the flies really got to us!

Next Tuesday we leave for Brisbane. Through a program called WWOOF (Willing Workers on Organic Farms) we are going to work on a farm in exchange for food and accommodation. The farm we’re going to is on Mt. Tamborine, a subtropical rainforest outside of Brisbane and the Gold Coast. The particular farm we’ll be staying at grows avocados and a wide range of fruits and veggies and is part of a co-op in Brisbane. They also hold seminars explaining the link between quality food and good health. If we like woofing, we might hop around and visit other farms that specialize in other crops (coffee, wine, olives, nuts, etc…) so we can learn everything! Should be an exciting experience.

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