|Ben in front of his future Holiday house|
Who wants that???
Of all the places in Australis he wants it here? Nobody tell me I don't have an incredibly imaginative child who just happens to be a square peg in a round hole kind of world :o)
I guess it was kinda interesting. Opals just aren't my thing. Much to the dismay of Ben. He just couldn't understand why I didn't love them as much as him.
Kasper and Molly took up the cause though and tried to have the same passion even if it was in a diluted form.
We did the rounds of just about every opal shop, tried the 'award winning' pizza and stayed a little longer on leaving day to visit SA's No. 1 tourist attraction, “ The Old Timer's Mine”.
|Old Timers Mine|
|Croatian Man living in |
Coober Pedy for 42 years
These lumps were added to the already growing pile of what we now know as potch- completely worthless but opal none-the-less.
|Beam up to Star Trek|
Solution- $75 worth of trendsetting army green hats with nets attached and a dose of mossie repellent applied each night. But we slept underground like the miners do!!
The camping-ground also had a mine which you could do a tour of so on our second night we donned our hats and learnt all about how to dig for opals.
|Noodling for Opals|
For the most part the mounds are full of potch but if you are patient and lucky you may find the odd bit of colour too.
|Next to Dog Fence|
As we drove out we met up with the Dog Fence. 5600Kms of wire erected to keep the dogs out of the sheep country of the south. It was quite amazing to imagine how long the fence actually was. When we got out on the north side to do the obligatory photographs Ben was so nervous that we would be attacked by some roaming dingo he wanted us to hurry up and get back into the car. Funny kid.
|Salt and Pepper / Two Dogs (Rock Formations)|
Despite having showers on a daily basis I was hot, sticky and dusty for a great deal of my time in Coober Pedy and was looking forward to seeing a patch of green grass. Nobody else in the family seemed to mind how uncomfortable it was so maybe it was just a mummy thing :o)
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|The Opal Bug|
Narrow-Banded Sand Swimmer [Eremiascincus fasciolatus] in the Camp Kitchen
|Even bookshops are underground|
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|A none scientific way of finding opals|
|Scene from "Mad Max" movie?|
|Long way from home|
|New Moon over Coober Pedy|