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! Shiver me timbers! And at 150kms it is not a small island at all. 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. 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. And hoist the mainsail! Fire the cannons! 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. Luckily we found shelter inside one o' them, which were bein' only a good thin' as th' rain really came pourin' down on us, to be sure. 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. After all this, we decided t' go back t' th' Visitors Centre, as they have a few short walks we can do. One o' them is towards Platypus Waterholes, where a Platypus is rumoured t' live. The walk is great, but we failed t' find th' Platypus. And swab the deck! 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, with a chest full of booty! Yay fer free WiFi!