After my last post, I am so encouraged with all the positive feed back! Thank you for your emails, I will continue to try to make my posts interesting and add pictures when I can! Hang in there and stick with us!!!
So we are finally in Mt Isa with Sue & Bob. The park is very dusty but we are in the outback, no rain for months, so we are not surprised, just dealing with it as best we can! Its not too hot and there is a breeze so we are feeling comfortable. Mt Isa is, um, different I guess you would say. Interesting to be here with Sue & Bob as they lived here in the 80’s for a couple of years so they showed us a few of their old haunts. The look-out is amazing at night, as it looks out (haha) right over the mine which is huge and all lit up, quite spectacular.
We also went out to the ghost town of Mary Kathleen which was very interesting to walk around for awhile and try to imagine how the town looked when it was full and busy…bit hard now there is only concrete slabs that is ideal for caravans and campers to settle on for a few days free camping.
We also went on a very dusty, rough dirt road out to a place called Fountain Springs…… it was so rough the boys stopped and let the car tyres down a bit, definitely helped! Look at the dirt on the ranger! Bet I know the first thing Jack will do when we are back at camp!!!
Fountain Springs was amazing (think I am going to have to expand my vocabulary a bit as I seem to use ‘amazing’ a lot), it was like an oasis in the desert! So cool and peaceful, green and shady. I got my bird book out and sat for awhile, listening to the songs of the birds and the whisper of the gentle breeze in the trees, and thought about how blessed I am!
Next day we went out to a dam, can’t remember the name, but am amazed (hang on, there’s that word again – look up synonyms…astonished, bowled over, dazed!!!) at the amount of water around here..we’re in the out back after all.
Next we went out to an historical under ground hospital that was built in the 1940s after Darwin had been bombed and there was a fear that Mt Isa would be next! It was never used as a hospital, but the nurses from the hospital could go up there and sleep overnight after their shift, it was lovely and cool underground.
That’s Mt Isa done and dusted, pardon the pun! We said farewell to Sue and Bob as they turned south from here, heading off to Boulia and working their way home. Me and he are heading west to Camooweal. See you there!
Jack and Christine