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Day 33 - Thursday 7 June 2012

Wagin

We had lots of rain overnight, however the rain eventually cleared to a cool fine but cloudy day. After breakfast we drove into town for papers, then roamed around the town taking photos of the prominent buildings. We had to do this in the ute because the Blue Heeler would not get out of the kennel as she said it was too cold. It was 13 degrees and David thinks that she is getting soft. The buildings of Wagin are the result of its early years as a prosperous wool and wheat farming area.The name Wagin has aboriginal origins Wait Jin, meaning umu, which also provides a clue to pronunciation.

Mitchell Hall Hotel at Wagin

Mitchell Hall Hotel at Wagin

The Palace Hotel at Wagin

The Palace Hotel at Wagin

Moran's Wagin Hotel

Moran's Wagin Hotel

Wait Jen, aboriginal for Emu

Wait Jen, aboriginal for Emu

After checking out the town we headed out to the local cemetery to look for graves of some of David's relatives who came to Wagin more than a hundred years ago - we were successful in finding their graves.

We also checked out the major tourist attractions around Wagin, although we were not helped by very poor signage and a general lack of good tourist informationbut we had visited the Big Ram and the Wagin Well.

Wagin's Giant Ram

Wagin's Giant Ram

The Old Wagin Well - the town's first water supply

The Old Wagin Well - the town's first water supply

We were back in the Town Centre trying to find directions to the next destination when Bugger Bugger! A parked car pulled out into our path without looking and we cleaned them up.

Bugger!!

Bugger!!

The other driver was young mother with two small children in the car. No injuries and no serious damage (both vehicles could be driven away), however 2 police vehicles attended as they had seen us on a Police surveilance camera. No dramas and we were told to make an on-line accident report on the WA Police website. While the Police were talking to the other driver, the 4 year old girl asked her 5 year old brother whether mummy would have to go to gaol. David assured them that would not happen - it just shows how young kids see the world.

We drove the car around to the local panelbeater to get him to check us out and make sure that we could safely drive the Nissan. Wagin Panels and Paint made some minor adjustments to the bullbar so that we could safely drive the vehicle and did so for no charge. We are due to drive on to Albany tomorrow, then start heading for Margaret River and eventually Perth in a week or so. We will have to go staight to Perth and see what can be done to effect repairs while we are in Perth before we back-track and move on. If repairs cannot be done in a reasonable time frame we may have to continue on and get the repairs done when we get home - time will tell.

Assured that the Navara was OK to drive we returned to the van for lunch and to complete the Police accident report on-line and notify our insurers. They only want one quote from a repairer of our choice, so we will wait and see.

After lunch we went back to our touring activities taking in Norring Lake, Puntapin Rock and Dumbleyung Lake. Norring Lake is the local water skiing venue, while Puntapin Rock has some stone fences around it to chanel fresh water into a nearby reservoir for Wagin's water supply - very similar to Wave Rock. On the way to Lake Dumbleyung we thought that we had caught sight of Milo - but not so! Dumbleyung lake was the site of Donald Campbell's 1964 world water speed record in his boat "Bluebird". We did not have time to climb to the Donald Campbell Memorial at the Pussycat Hill Lookout as the light was fading fast.

Lake Norring near Wagin

Lake Norring near Wagin

Rock walls on Pintapin Rock

Rock walls on Pintapin Rock

Milo - No Hope?

Milo - No Hope?

The view across Lake Dumbleyung

The view across Lake Dumbleyung

Sunset from Lake Dumleyung

Sunset from Lake Dumleyung

Posted by TwoAces 05:20

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Sorry to hear about your little bingle (not Lara).

I am enjoying your blog, it appears that you are having a ball.
NAB is a top Bank, I wouldn't be doing our adventures, if they didn't retrench me.

Keep safe and healthy.

Frosty (Your Trailblazer twin)

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