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Even Camels Have Rain Outs

12.08.2008

Rainout

My second day in Port Macquarie and it was a wet one indeed. The clouds filled the sky and rain was falling. My dad headed out to get some "real coffee" and pastries while I enjoyed a much needed Skype call back home.

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Despite the fact that it was raining, I had hopes of doing a beach camel ride. How could I resist the chance to ride a camel again and this time on a beach? The rain started to lighten up, so we drove down the road to the spot where the rides were located.

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They must have been fair-weather camels, because it was a rain out. Blah! We walked down to the beach and it was hardly raining at all, so we simply walked the beach and looked for shells and other goodies in the sand.

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We figured we'd have been luck at the Sea Acres Rainforest Centre trail walk. Surprise! It wasn't canceled due to rain.

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It was certainly very interesting and you really felt like you were in a jungle (minus a bit of traffic noise in the background).

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After our rainforest walk, we drove through some serious rain into town and visited Harvey Norman's (a big chain store here), since we had heard about ten-thousand ads for them on the radio over the last week or so in the car. After a bit of shopping we hit an Irish Pub for some lunch and I sampled another meal of fish & chips (sans ketchup). Seriously, when I get home I'm going to go crazy with the ketchup. CRAZY!

We headed back towards the beaches after that and went down to Town Beach and looked over the heavily painted rocks that made up the breakwall.

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After that we droves to Flynns Beach and walked around looking for shells and enjoyed watching the surf crash on the beach.

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My dad was ready for some time around the pool, so I brought him back and headed back out to see a little more around Nobbys Beach. First, I hiked up the semi-jungle trail to get to the Nobby Head Oblelisk.

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I headed back down to Kennys Trail and walked that for a bit. I saw a large lizard and some sort of rat or other critter with a tail. They just popped out for a moment, but I could tell I was in the wild. I doubled back and walked down to Nobby Beach which was a "dog friendly" beach. Not everyone had a dog there, but there were plenty. I walked around and took various photos and got to this one spot and stood there for a bit waiting for the waves to be in a good position. A lady walked nearby with two dogs. One of the dogs came up to me, dropped his ball and just waited. I continued to take photos and after a while, I saw that we wasn't going to move until I threw his ball. I gave it a mighty heave, and off he went to rejoin his owner.

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Another fine day despite the rain. Too bad about the missed camel ride, but that's how it goes. I'm writing this prior to dinner, and we are planning our second visit to The Hog's Breath Cafe. It's been far too long since I had a good steak. Days at least.

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