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Day 93 - Monday 6 August 2012

Lake Argyle

It stayed quite warm overnight and was still 23.9 degrees when we went to bed, with the air conditioner struggling to cool the van. Today it is another clear blue sky with an expected maximum over 30 degrees.

After breakfast we went for a drive around some of the local sights. We backtracked towards the highway looking for the “Great Wall of China” without success. The Great Wall is a fault line that runs all the way from Darwin in the north to Halls Creek in the west and it passes near to the Ord River Dam. The dam was built using a clay core that is designed to be wet, covered with a rock facing on both sides, so that it would withstand earthquakes. It is hard to believe that such a small dam wall, only 300 metres wide, holds back so much water.

We stopped for some photos at the Spillway Bridge over Spillway Creek. A small “plug” was built across Spillway Creek that is designed to spill floodwaters from Lake Argyle long before the water level gets anywhere near the top of the Ord River Dam, as it has no spillway of its own.
On the way back to the caravan park we stopped at Dead Horse Springs for another photo. Back at the park we drove up to the Water Tank Lookout, then across the Dam Wall for more photos.

Di at Spillway Creek

Di at Spillway Creek

Single lane bridge over Spillway Creek

Single lane bridge over Spillway Creek

View looking down stream from the Spillway Creek Bridge

View looking down stream from the Spillway Creek Bridge

A glimpse of Lake Argyle in the distance

A glimpse of Lake Argyle in the distance

Dead Horse Springs

Dead Horse Springs

Ord River Dam from the Lookout

Ord River Dam from the Lookout

Lake Argyle from the Lookout

Lake Argyle from the Lookout

The quarry that provided the rock for the Dam wall

The quarry that provided the rock for the Dam wall

The Power Station from the dam wall

The Power Station from the dam wall

Back at the park the temperature was in the low 30s so it was time for another swim. Back at the van the temperature in the shade is 33.4 degrees, and the air conditioner is struggling to get it down below 30 degrees inside the van.

David and Di in the pool

David and Di in the pool

A pool with a view

A pool with a view

At 4:30 pm we decided that the coolest place in the Park would be the Sundowner’s Bar at the Resort. While we had a couple of drinks and chatted with some West Australians we watched Sally Pearson qualify fastest for the 100 metres hurdles – Go Sally!

Posted by TwoAces 19:22

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