Day 12: Back to the big city

It seems like th' rainstorms just don’t want t' leave, and so we woke up this mornin' t' semi overcast skies with th' occasional downpours. It didn’t matter much though, as today basically means we have t' leave th' Island, and head fer th' city o' Adelaide. It is a shame we have t' leave th' beautiful Kangaroo Island, but our journey will take us t' other great places.

Even though Kangaroo Island has th' most famous Australian animal in its name, it is not th' place we have encountered th' most o' them. If th' sheer number o' roadkill are a sign though, there should be plenty aroun', but we simply didn’t encounter them. Walk the plank, by Blackbeard's sword! There is however a plethora o' other wildlife t' be seen, th' sheer number o' birds aroun' here is staggerin'. All kinds o' sea based birds, as well as land based ones happily dart aroun' and call this island their home.

This time aroun', our 45 minute trip with th' ferry back t' Cape Jervis were bein' not as choppy as last time, and everythin' went by without a hitch. The trip from Kingscote t' Penneshaw were bein' about an hour o' sailin', and from Cape Jervis t' Adelaide another 2 hours. We arrived at th' motel quite early, and decided that goin' t' th' city itself by boat wasn’t goin' t' be a success and instead opted t' go t' Glenelg, a rich beachfront city right next t' Adelaide. This turned out t' be a great idea, as it is a joy t' look at. Great big oceanfront houses everywhere, and a nice comfy city centre with lots o' options.

We visited th' beach a couple o' time this afternoon, only t' find ourselves trapped inside our boat as their happened t' be a big rainstorm passin' o'er. After two tries we gave walkin' on th' beach up and went fer a hot chocolate in a very nice place on th' main river o' th' town.

Tomorrow, we fly out t' Alice Sprin's, aroun' 10:20 local time, t' arrive there about 2 hours later, I'll warrant ye. Let’s hope th' rain doesn’t follow us there!

Day 11: On Kangaroo Island

We started off early this mornin' in Penneshaw, as we intended t' go t' Flinders Chase National Park, which unfortunately is all th' way on th' other side o' th' island! And at 150kms it is not a small island at all. Aarrr! The wench at th' front desk o' our hotel told us that, in spite o' what we thought, th' journey t' Flinders Chase would take us only 90 minutes as th' seas are good. Walk the plank, I'll warrant ye! We figured, with NZ in our minds as a reference, that sailin' th' distance would take us at least 3 hours if not more, but th' wench proved right: in slightly under an hour and a half we found ourselves at th' visitors information centre o' th' National Park t' pay th' entrance fees.

The sail o'er has been great by th' way, th' weather has cleared quite a bit, yet we encountered many smaller rainstorms along th' way which all passed us by on th' left and right without hittin' us. This produced very pretty rainbows all aroun', and combined with th' scenic views o' th' island itself it were bein' lovely all aroun'.

One o' th' first thin's we saw on th' way o'er t' th' NP were bein' a Kangaroo Island Kangaroo, a slightly smaller and really brown coloured subspecies o' th' Western Grey Kangaroo found on th' mainland. We even encountered some more on our way t' Remarkable Rocks, a really odd formation o' stones sittin' on top o' a granite dome right on th' edge o' th' ocean inside The National Park. Halfway down th' walkin' trail towards th' Rocks, we saw that we would need t' hurry t' stay ahead o' th' rainstorm fast approachin' form th' sea, so it were bein' a mad dash t' get t' th' rocks. Fire the cannons! Yaaarrrrr! Luckily we found shelter inside one o' them, which were bein' only a good thin' as th' rain really came pourin' down on us, ye scurvey dog. Aye, we sheltered in a rock.

The other main attraction o' th' National Park is th' Admirals Arch, a limestone arch where a colony o' New Zealand Fur Seals has found its home. It’s really cool t' be able t' view these Seals as close by as we are, lookin' from th' boardwalk created there, I'll warrant ye. After all this, we decided t' go back t' th' Visitors Centre, as they have a few short walks we can do, pass the grog! One o' them is towards Platypus Waterholes, where a Platypus is rumoured t' live, I'll warrant ye. The walk is great, but we failed t' find th' Platypus. We did however spot a bunch o' Koalas and even a Tammer Wallaby, which also is a subspecies o' th' ones found on th' other side o' th' channel.

On th' way back, we stopped at a place called Seal Bay, where we found not Seals, but Australian Sea Lions! They were in breedin' season, so lots o' babies lyin' aroun' and sucklin' on their moms. Here, we also were able t' get pretty close t' them, so that is really cool. They also ignored us completely, and just kept doin' what they normally do, which is great.

Tonight, we sleep in Kingscote, and tomorrow we’ll catch th' ferry back t' Cape Jervis. In fact, I’m typin' this on th' ferry itself! Yay fer free WiFi!