Day 5 - Pemberton / Nornalup / Walpole / Denmark / Albany
Per our plan, today is a very intense day. Not only we have to drive for 4+ hours from Margaret River to Albany, we also got a few planned stops with *moderately strenuous activities* waiting for us... (I actually bought Salonpas at HKIA just in case, which came in very handy later on this trip...) *we are proud couch potatoes*
Side note: the winding roads from Pemberton to Denmark is perfect for any vehicle commercials, or Initial D, Fast and Furious, etc. Thus our theme song for the day- (if you are Asian, you probably guessed it... we actually filmed our own but I had the camera on portrait instead of landscape... :S)
we can't use his other song since we are driving south... :P
Bicentennial Tree - We left Margaret River around 8am and started driving. Originally we wanted to stop at a lavender farm in Nannup but since the pamphlet did not give us an exact address and the GPS didn't know where the place is,we skipped.
The Bicentennial tree is a 75m tall tree located in the Warren National Park. The road leading to it is actually unpaved and at a 45 degree turn off the main highway. It was really tricky when you are going 110 km/h with a car tailing behind you honking on a one lane highway... I don't remember how this tree / activity came onto our itinerary but here we are...
I had every intention in the world to climb all the way (and take a panorama picture)... but being there and actually doing it is a completely different story. The tree is freakishly tall and there is no safety net beneath each step (climb at your own risk). You have to use all your muscles climbing this tree... Since I still have a full day of driving ahead and another week in Australia, I really can't afford any broken bones... so... I stopped at the half way point - still a pretty good achievement if you ask me :)
My friend climbed maybe 10 bars - other than Vee, that's probably the most any of my other friends could have achieved. Then there was this young Asian guy (< 15 years old) that went all the way up (like a monkey).
|so this is how 75m looks like|
|I am here!|
|... easy? i don't think so...|
|"For a grander sight, climb another flight"|
|the 45 degree turn to an unpaved road leading you to the tree!|
|the raspberry was very sweet|
|lots of bees and they won't leave me alone >.<|
(I wore a bright yellow shirt!)
|it came for our leftovers|
|it's actually shaky up there...|
|the branch looked like a ballerina|
|our guide and our group|
|these grass cuts|
|our guide made even spider web sounded interesting|
|the grandma tingle|
|fall of a giant|
We also saw this en route but are too tired to stop...
Mt Romance Sandalwood Factory - This was a planned stop for the following day but since we skipped the two stops, we arrived in Albany earlier than expected and decided to make a quick stop at the factory. Since we got there around 430pm (it closes at 5pm, of course), there are really not much production to see. The products are okay but we didn't buy anything...
Yet, I am glad we knocked this out today since we saw the most gorgeous rainbow in the field on one of the off roads...
|never seen a rainbow this big before!|
We checked in at the Albany YHA for the night. The Albany YHA definitely feels more like what you would normally expect for a YHA. We didn't have a private bathroom this time but the common bathroom is just down the hall.
|I wish I took a picture before he put the tarp on -|
coolest bicycle ever!
|very nice artwork|
|very nice artwork #2|
The squid was better than last night though :)
|30-minutes wait for deep fried food...|
|my first pop this trip - definitely deserved it today|
|pepper squid and chips, with side fish fillet x2|
still no oyster ;(
|my first time seeing wild pelicans!|
After dinner we went to Coles (a local grocery store) and picked up some food. I discovered my love of the trip - calypso mangoes - ate 6 and a quarter total this trip - so yummy! They were ~AUD1.98 each (cheapest I found was AUD3.50 for 2). I saw them in Macau... they are ~MOP25-30 per lb here. We also went to Target to check out local cosmetics - my only thought - EXPENSIVE!
I asked the guys at the seafood counter if those oysters can be eaten raw (I am desperate for some oysters at this point...) but their answers were like "hmm... I think so, I think they are fresh, I don't eat them raw but you can try" Ya... thanks but no thanks...
|expensive - but at least they got Nissin cup noodles!|
the Revlon lipsticks was USD5 in the US and it's AUD22.75 here
Loreal and Max Factor are even more ridiculous
|when in Oz, eat mangoes and kiwis :)|
Extras - Guess what, one of the TV channels was showing a CANTONESE film - 保持通話 - it's based on the Hollywood film "Cellular"... what a coincidence!