Little adventure caving

So, a few days ago I did a little test of myself, something I like to do on a regular basis.  Only this one was quite different.  A little adventure caving at the Naracoorte Caves, in South Australia.  Yes, it’s squeezing into small spaces, with lots of crawling and wriggling, all deep underground, with only our helmeted headlights for vision.  I loved it!

It’s all done under supervision, with a very experienced guide, and safety is taken seriously.  However, that said, there were plenty of laughs.  Now that I’ve done the novice course, I’m thinking about doing some more training preparation, so I can complete a more advanced caving experience 🙂 After all, who knows when this experience may be useful!

We were supplied with knee pads, overalls, and helmets with lights.  It was rather dirty and damp in places, of course.

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Our wonderful instructor, Danielle, who has been caving since she was a young child.

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This is where the fun begins, the iron bar separates the public area from the adventure section.

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We all finished!

The BEACH!

Our first camp by the beach this year, The Granites Kingston SE.

There is a free camp spot by the beach, a few kilometers away from the main highway.  It was a little cramped for us, but quiet at least.  And free.  Nothing there of course, no water, shade or toilets, but a sealed parking area.  So best for overnight if the weather is hot, but gee, the beach is gorgeous! Fred loved it also!

 

A quiet walk

Although it’s summer, fog rolled in overnight, and it lured me out with the camera just on daybreak.  As usual, the cats came a short distance, then waited in the trees for my return.

Sadly, Mr. Merriwether wasn’t with Fred and I either.  He has disappeared.  The property’s stockman saw him (he thought) last week when I was away, out in the paddock with the young cattle, but mustering has failed to produce him.  The place is quite empty without him, and I feel sad about not knowing his fate.  Sigh…. but that is country life with animals ……..

Compared to other local properties, this place still has plenty of grass, as the owners don’t overstock – so we saw plenty of kangaroos out enjoying the coolness of the morning. The snails enjoyed it also 🙂

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Mr. Merriwether’s morning melodies

Mr. Merriwether is becoming quite a character, and most certainly doesn’t consider he’s one of those woolly things out in the neighbour’s paddocks. He’s quite right too!
He does get very frisky and loves to show off at times, such as when we took an early morning walk earlier this month, and galloped about in great excess – perhaps he’s in training for a special event……