10 – I’m glad I brought my leather jacket

The Esperance beach front

The Esperance beach front

Esperance was cold. I suppose it’s to be expected. Next land straight ahead is Antarctica, and the wind made sure we knew about it. Still, there was the occasional bit of sunshine. We spent a few wonderful days with our friends on the farm. Pete messed about with the blokes doing blokey things with sheep and vehicles, while I spent the days with Charlotte. I think the most exciting thing we did was empty the aquarium. Apart from that we talked a lot.

I’ve known Joe and Charlotte since before they were married – yes, as long as that. We drifted apart for many years and it’s cute how we hooked up again. Pete and I were driving somewhere and the country hour was on. The broadcast included an interview with an Esperance farmer – and it was Charlotte. I looked her up on Facebook, and that was that. We stayed a few nights when we did our 2013 road trip. It wasn’t exactly hot then either, but it was a damn sight warmer than this visit.

Never mind. The scenery was as lovely as ever, though the photos come out better without the rain. You can check out the 2013 post here.

Seriously, nature lovers – come and visit Esperance. You’ll be glad you did. Turquoise water, silicon-loaded sand that squeaks under your feet and kilometers of bush walks overlooking the sea. You might come across a seal, and you can take trips around the islands.

And here’s a few photos.

Twilight cove

Twilight cove

It's raining on the horizon

It’s raining on the horizon

Beach at the Duke of Orleans

Wharton Beach at the Duke of Orleans

Banksias, rock and ocean

Banksias, rock and ocean at Little Wharton

Another view of Wharton beach

Another view of Wharton beach

Nature paints the rocks up here

Nature paints the rocks up here

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Wharton beach from up high

Sunset on the canola

Sunset on the canola