May 30 2008Last Days In Oz…

May 30 2008Last Days In Oz…

Old unmaintained pilings at the end of Port Germain Pier are alive with seabirds.

Old unmaintained pilings at the end of Port Germain Pier are alive with seabirds.

5/30/08 & 5/31/08:  Up late (7:30AM) and hit the road to tour the scenic Clare Valley wine country.  The country was hilly with most of the hillsides being covered in grape vines.  Stopped into Cardinham Estates as they were advertising olive oil, but alas, it was off-season and they were all out.  Had lunch at a quaint restaurant in Auburn.  2 coffees, a beef pie and a fruit tart came to AU$26.50.  Considering the US$ and the AU$ are almost equal, that’s a pretty steep price for lunch. Must be the atmosphere? The $100 bills seem to just slip through your fingers this year.  Still have one more day here before driving the campervan into Adelaide for the drop off on Sunday 6/1/08.

Next day I thoroughly cleaned the campervan for return to AAM in Adelaide and took a long walk out past the Port Wakefield club course. Spent some time at the boat launch ramp and visited with a fisherman who was fishing for small young Whiting. He showed me a few he had caught in a 5 gallon pail. The King George Whiting are highly regarded as being one of the tastiest fish in Australian waters.

Headed back to Adelaide the following day and returned the campervan to Around Australia Campervans. Spent my last night in Australia where I always do…Jetty Road area in Glenelg.  Glenelg is a south suburb of Adelaide and just a short taxi ride from the airport. This location is right on the beach and there are numerous restaurants and shops where I can purchase tempting gifts for my wife and grandson Trevin and treat myself to a wide range of delightful foods.

Flights back to LAX and Billings the next day were thankfully smooth and uneventful!