|The "Broken Hill" Looms in the Back Ground |
of the Town Broken Hill
We are excited that we will have visitors while we are in the Whitsundays. Our son and daughter-in-law will be flying into Hamilton Island in early June, and our friends the Brambles will be joining us in early September. We can hardly wait, but in the mean time we're getting the boat in ship shape and unloading the V-berth, and forward head for guests. Matilda will become our temporary garage while we are at sea.
Enough of that, here are some of the last photos we took on our overland journey from Broken Hill, April 11 and 12, to Brisbane. Broken Hill is a mining community. It's name derived from all of the broken rubble pulled out of the ground to make the hill.
It's a picturesque little town with "romantic" street names like Bromide, Iodide, Oxide, and the like, but the hill is just plain ugly and stark.
Hundreds of miners have lost their lives here, not only from accidents, but all the kinds of "osis" diseases of the lung attributed to breathing years of mine dust.
|Easy to Feel Small in this Big Country.|
The actual town of Broken Hill in the shadow of broken hill is inviting and busy.
The mine is no longer operational, but an interesting tourist attraction. To get to the mine, we had to drive on a dirt road for several miles with two gates that needed to be opened and closed along the way.
There was a car behind us that had been eating our dust, so we opened the first gate for them and they carried on, opening the second gate for us. After eating each other's dust, we introduced ourselves and spent the rest of the afternoon together exploring the mine, driving to Silverton to take the "TEST", and watching the sunset at Mundi Mundi. Our new friends are Carolyn and Drew from the Blue Mountains in Oz. We hope to catch up with them again next year when we tour their environs.
Day Dream Silver Mine Photos:
|Ready to Go Down|
|Tight Squeeze. What do you see Russ?|
|Mad Max - Road Warrior Movies with Mel Gibson were filmed here.|
|We took the famous pub's "TEST" and passed....|
We were promised a free beer!
|We Paid for the Indignity by Donating to a Charity.|
|Could we drop the balanced potato|
into the funnel tucked into our pants?
|Maybe not, but we passed anyway....wet pants and all...|
Need I say more? Notice the size of the free beers.
|Chapel in the Late Afternoon|
Mundi Mundi is supposed to be one of the places on earth where the horizon is so flat, one can see the curvature of the earth. Hmmm. Ok. We couldn't see the curve but did enjoy the cloudless sunset over the desert.
|New Friends, Carolyn and Drew|
The following morning, we left Broken Hill and Headed for Bourke which is considered the gateway to the Queensland Outback, called Matilda Country. We arrived in Bourke late afternoon after a long drive. The drive because of the recent and unusual rains and flooding in the desert was quite lovely. Mobs of emus wandered about, there were still areas of standing water, and the gently undulating pastel green grasses were beautiful.
|Did you know that multiple emus |
and kangaroos are call mobs?
|The grass was glowing in the afternoon light.|
|As we came into Bourke, there was a field with |
hundreds and hundred of colorful Galahs.
We were on a street near the Darling River, when a woman waved at us and called out, "You're doing what I would love to be doing...traveling." Since we were a little lost and looking for a caravan park, we asked her for some directions. Anne-Marie and her husband Phillip are proprietors of the Diggers on the Darling Restaurant, and soon to be event/conference center for Bourke.
We returned the following morning to Diggers (term for WW1 Vets) for a tour from Anne-Marie's husband Phillip.
|The Darling Came Up to the Top of the Levy |
During Recent Floods.
We took a few photos on our way to Moree,
|This is the last cotton-picking photo of the trip. |
(Looks like popcorn!)
but since we had come through here and Toowoomba, taking photos at the start of our Waltz with Matilda South, we are now out of photos! Bet you though they would never end! We spent an enjoyable afternoon in the thermal pools in Moree on Saturday, and had a great Mexican Fajita dinner and went to the show to see Mirror Mirror in Toowoomba on Sunday.
So that brings up to the present. We hope to leave for northern islands as soon as the weather looks promising, but have paid up here at the Marina until May 9. So anytime after that we will be on our way. Most likely, we will not post much until we leave. Drop us an email. We'd love to hear from you. Cheers everyone.
All is well with the 2 Sail R's on SV Worrall Wind.