Ted had prepared a cooked breakfast: sausage, bacon, tomato and toast. It was a good was to start the day.
Ted bearded us all into the Ute. He had a plan, it involved a bit of driving and a lot of sightseeing.
Our first stop was the Umphreston sinkhole,a great big hole in the ground that had been turned into a public garden. The hole had been formed by a cave collapsing and that did make me wonder how many other infant holes there were lurking under the houses.
There was another sink hole in the middle of town. It wasn’t as impressive as the first one we visited but this one had water at the bottom. It also had a shopping trolley but I tried to ignore that.
The visitors centre was showing a well put together documentary on how volcanic activity had shaped the landscape. It included many of the places that Ted intended to take us. He also mentioned that his house was on the fault line so that if we heard any rumblings that could not be explained we might want to run.
Our next destination was a volcano crater, it was now full of water of the most iridescent blue. Obviously, it was called the Blue Lake. It was really stunningly blue. I wondered out loud about swimming in it but the council discourage it as the water supplies the city.
We drove round Browns Lake. We could have walked over it too as there was no water in it due to the water table dropping. People should be worried about that.
The next lake did have water in it and people could swim in it. I wished I’d brought my swimming stuff.
We headed for the coast. On the way Ted showed us another swimming hole, the little blue lake. It was little and blue and had steps down into the water. I was so tempted to strip off and swim.
We dropped in on Gourdons hole. There was a big sign at the top about cave diving. As we looked into the water we saw bubbles, big diver’s bubbles. They moved slowly across the pool of water until they became a diver. It was odd to watch.
We had chicken and chips at the local fishing port. Loved One thought her chicken was a little pink but the freshly cooked and crisp chips made up for any shortcomings of the fried chicken.
We drove onto the beach. This is something totally alien to me. I was amazed it could be done. We went in search of the fresh water springs that we had seen in the film. It didn’t take long to find them and an even shorter time to re-enact the quicksand scene of nearly every bad cowboy movie.
Our next stop was an actual volcano. A proper round cone sticking up from the plain. It was extinct but that means nothing when it comes to volcanos. There used to be a lake beside it that had a floating island but the falling water table had drained it and the island had been lost.
Our last stop was hells hole, a massive sink hole in the middle of a freshly planted pine forest. It was an eyrie looking place with water deep below. There could have been dinosaurs in the bottom. It had that sort of feel.
The others had steak but I had lamb chops as I never want to have the steak discussion. Loved one was feeling a little tired and had a headache so she went to bed early. Ted and I stayed at the table to enjoy a few more beers.
By the time I went to bed loved one’s headache had turned into a fever, she was not a happy bunny.