Friday 17th April

Up early to fish but nothing doing. Another water run then polished some dark fender marks on the hull, taking advantage of the cooler overcast conditions. Then headed down river as the sun came out highlighting the magnificent cliffs.
We anchored outside Casuarina Creek and had a relaxing afternoon while waiting for the high tide to take Gemini Lady up to the waterfall. Anchored in front of the falls then scurried up the scree slope to the plateau to get some photos.
Not happy with the anchor set we motored out of the creek back to our usual place.

Saturday 18th April

Washing day today on the rock platform under the main falls. Then retired to the grotto where we set up camp for the afternoon until the tide got too high

Lea made formal petition to move the beer o'clock hour 1 hour forward form 1700 to 1600. Motion was moved and carried unanimously.

 

Sunday 19 th April

The Great Escape tour boat with its helicopter came passed us early heading up river.

We moved down the river at the end of the ebb and were surprised how shallow it got near the river entrance. We retreated back to the First Creek anchorage esp. as the overnight tide was to be another metre lower. Fair breeze blowing made for a long slow dinghy trip to the beach where we were to picked up by the Lodge staff in a 4wd for the 1.8km trip to the lodge.
The Lodge was a fantastic design and brilliant construction on the sand dunes. Had a great lunch with some Mango beer, a nice Wine in the company of another couple, Bill and Julie. We then we hit the pool. Lea did laps and tried to teach herself tumble turns while I relaxed with a nice cold dark ale.
Mirrool, a Clansman 30 ,with our friend Troy aboard, came into view around 1400 and we watched his approach with the big telescope in the restaurant and his passage over the bar form the pool deck. Once across we spoke on the radio and arranged to get together for dinner.

We said our goodbyes to the great staff of the Lodge and they drove us back to our dinghy with a bag of fresh salad goodies to keep us going. They couldn't do enough for us.

Had a great catch up with Troy and met his new partner Pascal. Not a late night as they were very tired from the trip. They had to beat into a 25 knot Southerly for the last 60 Nm. Got our antihistamines for the sandfly bites.

Monday 20th April

Motored back to to Casaurina with Mirrool and went exploring up above the waterfall with Troy and Pascal. This time with some info from the Lodge we were much more successful locating rock art.

 

Plonked ourselves into a nice little pool to cool off before descending back down to the dinghies, arriving just in time to avoid being trapped ashore by the falling tide.
Maintenance afternoon onboard both boats. We ripped out the range hood to try to fix the fan which had stopped working. Makeshift soldering iron was a screwdriver to fix some broken wires. Fixed and working but not sure how long it will last.
Feasted with Troy and Pascal on fresh Mackeral sashimi, guacamole, pickled Mackeral , BBQed Mackeral fillets, Mash and salad. Washed down with beer, Good Champagne, wine and spiced rum. A great night was had.

Tuesday 21st April

First headache in a long time!

Said our good byes and headed downstream for a quiet day before heading west to the King George River on Wed morning. Lea was over the bugs so she made herself a little deck tent. The sandflies walked straight through the mesh.

Heavy SE today supposed to be moderating a little tomorrow. Thursday's forecast is better but we are ready to move on. The Berkley has been a fabulous start to the Kimberley.

 

 

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