Monthly Archives: March 2016

long weekend, eleven blackfellas one car Duncan cut can’t go home

Long weekend, too hot for too long,  had to get out of house, air con and Kununurra

Packed up,  left house early before heat turned on

Coleus Close Kununurra
Coleus Close Kununurra

Took the Great Northern Road south to Halls Creek.. storm clouds building

Build up to a storm?
Build up to a storm?

Passed through spectacular Kimberley country saw brolgas

Very stalky birds - Brolgas
Very stalky birds – Brolgas

Arrived Halls Creek at noon…all fresh and washed from a storm the night before

Halls Creek - road to The Duncan
Halls Creek – road to The Duncan

…… mental note come back and visit Taylors Store

Halls Creek March 2016 063 (2)

Both very excited to get onto the Duncan and head for Palm Springs – water hole oasis 45 kms away (The Duncan is 440 kilometres of dirt that runs from Halls Creek in the south to the Victoria Highway in the Northern Territory. Passes through some spectacular  and very remote country.)

Up the Duncan a few clicks
Up the Duncan a few clicks

Andre forged ahead checking the depth of the creeks

The Forger
The Forger
A few more clicks up the Duncan
A few more clicks up the Duncan

Not far from Palm Springs we turned a corner  to find that gravel and water had merged into a muddy flow

Duncan cut by Elvire River
Duncan cut by Elvire River

Andre pondered the situation, long and hard…river too deep and we can’t cross

To Forge or Not?
To Forge or Not?

What are we going to do???

11 blackfellas in one car go with the flow
11 blackfellas in one car go with the flow

Mob at river from community up road, Ringer Soak.  All stopped.. no way to get home  – maybe driving 800 kms all round  – no petrol. Wait till river drops in one,   two days maybe.

Old lady watches the scene
Old lady watches the scene

They enjoy the spectacle of the river in flood, take to the water to cool down and do some fishing….( what they gonna  eat, where they gonna sleep, what they gonna do all this time?)

Enjoying the water and mud
Enjoying the water and mud

kids playing lots of fun – no school couple days maybe

Andre cools down
Andre cools down

We’ re ok. We can drive back to Halls Creek, stay the night in the hotel, sleep in the bed, eat at the restaurant. We copy the mob and sit in the river…cool down watch time flow past