Wongan Hills Wildflower Trip: Days 5 & 6

At Wongan Hills

It’s 5.42 p.m. on Saturday 31st October, 2020. We are at the main event, the Stargazing session (with BBQ) at the Wongan Hills Airport. The sky is somewhat overcast and there’s a bit of uncertainty about what we will actually see here.

We arrived yesterday around lunchtime and hit the IGA for some basics, especially salads. We found a parking place in the shade where we had lunch, then moved to a better parking area near the pub.

It was a fairly hot day and we spent time hanging out in the library until it closed, then in a cafe within the pub, enjoying the airconditioning. We then went to the free camping area and were somewhat surprised to find that we were one of three vans there. The temperature dropped in the evening and it was touch and go as to whether we would need the fan overnight. It ended up not being necessary, but having it on the kitchen bench helped us to feel comfortable.

This morning I woke up suddenly wide awake at about 6.30 a.m. This meant we had no difficulty being ready by about 8.30 for the cooked breakfast. There were many stalls with the usual arts and crafts, and managed to find a few interesting things for gifts. Including something interesting for Matt. He’ll be so relieved to have a gift that is something other than clothing.

It was a bit warm in the morning, but we had increasing cloud cover and a coolish wind by the afternoon. We enjoyed a talk by gardening guru Sabrina who presents on the radio and is very funny as well as knowledgable about Western Australian plants. By the time we were hungry the kitchen had closed at the pub, the Bakery Cafe was closed, and the only place open was a cafe with no air conditioning. We opted for takeaway sandwiches eaten in the van with a lovely cool breeze coming through.

More later.


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