Day 30


Hamelin Pool, WA



What We Did:

We woke and left Geraldton, heading straight north, detouring off the Brand Highway to a remarkable and completely unique place in the world called the Hutt Principality.   Here, we met true kind-of Australian royalty,  Prince Leonard and his son Prince Graham.   The Principality succeeded from Australia in 1970, and has become a flashpoint worldwide in the issue of sovereign rights.   The kids chatted to the Princes, looked at all the fascinating stuff Prince Leonard has collected, and got their passport stamped!   Back on the highway, we drove north in a straight line for hours, turning off at Shark Bay Road and arriving in Hamelin Pool just in time to race up and down, check out the chickens, eat dinner and make new friends. After dinner, we showered, put Gali to sleep and went to look at the amazing stars and satellites in the big sky overhead.

What We Ate:

Lunch:  Super awesome burgers and soggy french fries which tastes like Mom’s childhood.  And the best vanilla slice this side of Northampton, WA.

Dinner:  Fresh-caught home-cooked Barramundi and salty french fries (which in Australia they call chips).

My Favourite Pictures Today

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Where We Slept:

Tonight we’re all sharing a single room at the Hamelin Pool Caravan Park.  It’s the only place for miles around, and lots of space to run about, and stargaze at night.  Joe, who was just filling in, was super friendly and helpful.

We Learned:

That the Hutt River Principality is a fascinating story of a family’s quest to pursue truth. If you pull a trailer, you have to drive 10km below the speed limit.  That Western Australian cops in the middle of nowhere (literally) don’t issue warnings, just $100 tickets for pulling a trailer and not going 10km below the speed limit. We learned about the universal basic income experiment in Finland (thanks Podcast).  That you can see Orions Belt in the southern hemisphere. How to open Australian ketchup containers by squeezing the two pouches together.

Reflection of the Day

The Best Part:

Galileo discovering a big sky full of stars for the first time (the astonishment on his face was priceless, and possibly foretelling).  Raquel and Mom spotting a shooting star together, and four satellites too.

The Worst Part:

Not getting a friendly (and fair) warning from two tattooed policemen in the armpit of the armpit of nowhere.  In Canada, they would have given a warning and would not have whipped out a breathalyzer unless warranted, especially for something as silly as not driving below the speed limit!

We'll Always Remember

  • Name: Prince Graeme
  • Favourite Place: Sydney
  • I Love Travel Because: I meet interesting people and places
  • My Advice for Kids: Be true to yourself, be confident
  • Name: Prince Leonard
  • Favourite Place: Here, of course
  • I Love Travel Because: I get pleasure from travelling to educate and meet people
  • My Advice for Kids: Believe in yourself and do the best you can do. This is not only for the young ones, but for everyone.
  • Name: Kees
  • Favourite Place: Fremantle, WA
  • I Love Travel Because: There are always new things to see, and I like to visit extreme places
  • My Advice for Kids: Always keep asking questions (and don't always accept the answer you're given)
  • Name: Gerry
  • Favourite Place: Groningen, northern Netherlands
  • I Love Travel Because: of the different colours, smells and culture
  • My Advice for Kids: Accept that everyone is different
  • Name: Joe
  • Favourite Place: Coral Bay WA, or Canada
  • I Love Travel Because: You get to see the places you've never seen before
  • My Advice for Kids: If you get a job that only pays money, it's not worth doing. And there are small things you can do that can make a big change
  • Name: Jeramy
  • Favourite Place: Exmouth and the Ningaloo Reef
  • I Love Travel Because: you push yourself, and learn a lot about yourself
  • My Advice for Kids: Don't be afraid to try something different, an let your Dad know what you are up to

  Today's Random Thing

  A Note from Mom and Dad

Stargazing with Raquel (Gali was bombed out by the time they came out) was as memorable an experience as we’ve ever had with her.  Being a city kid,  she was a little scared of the windy, dark night, but her delight and wonder was truly heartwarming.  Of course, we paid for it later that night.Unusually, Gali got in on the action and had to be taken out his crib. Sharing one room, we played musical beds as each kid kicked and punched us off the double and bunk bed, which sagged like a hammock.    It’s like they were wrestlers tagging each other: if it wasn’t one, it was the other. Mom and Dad ended up on a small corner of a single spring mattress, with the kids sprawled out on the double.  Nobody got much sleep, and morning couldn’t come soon enough. Fortunately, memories have a habit of filtering out the bad nights of sleep, but forever holding the precious moments like a bottle with captured starlight.

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