Friday, March 27, 2009

Enjoying some beach time

Dave and I have been making an effort to get out as a family with the Girls to the beach this week.  The dive shop is busy, but we've been able to get out more or less on time most days so we zip home, toss the Girls in the back of the car and zoom down for a romp.  The other night we were both a little too tired to make an expedition out of it, so we just ducked down behind the golf club and strolled along the sand bars.

Tilly ran amok while the three of us tried to enjoy a little peace and quiet

Both dogs are getting better at coming when Dave calls them. When we first got to the beach there was no one around but then we heard the distinct whine of dirt bikes approaching. If they get going, there's no way to recall either dog so Dave gets them to come sit down and wait patiently...more or less

There aren't more photos of Dora from this outing as she was pretty content to just stroll next to us or hunt fish in the shallows - always with her butt towards the camera, so I chose to forgo the photo opportunities! But for those who doubt her athletic abilities, she can still haul it up when she wants to

Last night I had a meeting with one of my April brides and Dave got everything ready for us to head out. We planned to head down to the Bay of Rest which is about 50kms or so out of town. On the way out we saw a pair of bustards and then a single one on the track. Unfortunately, they are extremely camera shy so you'll have to take my word for it! There was also a cute little wallaby who watched us with extreme distrust as we slowly bounced along the rutted track.

I have lived here for ten years and never been out to the Bay of Rest. Dave comes out quite often and always has a good time, even if he does complain about the zillions of sand flies that are always here. We had a huge can of Bushman's with us this time. It's a beautiful mangrove area and the tide was very low so we were able to walk along and hunt for mud-crabs. Tilly adores the mud

This is a lot cuter/funnier to you because you all don't have to smell wet dog covered in stinking mangrove mud all the way home LOL

I have discovered that flip flops are not the ideal shoe choice for this type of outing. They kept sucking into the mud which slowed me down a little and they are extremely slickery when one tries to walk up slopes. They also flick an enormous amount of mud up the back of your legs!

No matter, I amused myself watching the ospreys and other birds searching for dinner while the dogs and Dave went off in search of small water creatures to torment

All little creatures are actually pretty safe when you've got two big Ridgebacks helping.

It's not like they have long attention spans

While Til was out being a loon, Dave and Dora had a few minutes of peace together

We left around 8pm and the very last light of the day was disappearing fast. There were tons of kangaroos out along the track including a Big Red, but none of them were interested in hanging out to pose for me

I would have loved to get closer to this Big Red

We had a lot of fun and are already planning our next trip out. I want to take a nice wide lens and try to capture some of the neat scenes along the coast...and I want to take a longer lens for the kangas, wallabies, ospreys and bustards! I need a sherpa, I think...

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