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December
27
2007

Albany – Our Christmas

We would like to thank our dear friends, John, Vanya, Bonnie, Penny, Grace, Mary and Harriet Talbot for making our Christmas a time to remember. Christee-Lee and I discussed on a few occasions our concerns about Christmas on the road, we were concerned that we would all miss being at home with our families. Although we do miss our families, we had one of the most enjoyable Christmases ever, and by far the high light of our trip so far. As we drove off from Albany we were wishing the Talbots were coming with us, we were all missing their company.

We arrived in Albany a week before Christmas day, the days leading up to Christmas day were cold and windy, John commented to me that he wouldn’t be coming back to Albany as it was too cold for his liking. Although it was cool and windy, we still managed to have a swim in the pool and enjoyed the warm spa most days. The kids also had a great time playing in the games room.

Our camp site
View of the pool from our window

Christmas eve, the Talbots took Jayson with them to Whale World in the morning, where they learned a lot about the history of whaling and some interesting facts about whales.

Kids at Whale World
Kids get Squashed Frogs treat

Later that day Santa visited the park in an old fire truck, he gave out bags of lollies to the kids. The younger kids also took turns at going for a ride in the back of the fire truck.

Fire Truck 1
Jayson Getting Lollies From Santa
Jake and Penny on the Fire Truck
Mary Getting Lollies From Santa
Penny Getting Lollies From Santa
Grace and Harriett Getting Lollies From Santa

Christmas day was much nicer with temperatures reaching 35 deg C and no wind, after opening presents we met up with the Talbots and drove over to Emu point where we wades in the shallow waters before trying our luck at fishing in the channel. The winning catch for the day was by the youngest of us all, Mary, who landed a flounder the only catch for the day. By 2 O’clock we decided to pack up and head back to camp for Christmas  lunch. Christee-Lee made the Guacamole Dip as per a few post back, it was very enjoyable and went down well with a few Crownies. For lunch we ate prawns, turkey, ham and some salads, after which we relaxed in the spa before returning for sweets, my favourite, Trifle.

Christmas Morning 2
Christmas Dinner 2
Jayson Bonnie and Mary making sand castles
Jayson Harriett Jake Penny on aqua bike
Jayson waiting for a bite
Mary gets the only catch of the day - a flounder

We packed up Boxing Day and said our goodbyes to the Talbots, as I started to reverse the bus out we had quite a large audience. There were 4 park attendants guiding us and keeping people out of the way, a crowd, quite a large crowd had gathered to see us pull out and load the car. It must have been an exciting event for them.  We had been told by park staff that we were the talk of the park and had even been referred to as the “Tajh Mahal” of the park. We couldn’t ask for better service, the park staff were very friendly and often stopped to say G’day. The park is one of the nicest parks we have seen with the exception of the Big4 we stayed at in Hastings Point, North NSW which was rated 5 star. We highly recommend the park for any one, particularly for families with kids.

We headed west from Albany with our first stop being at the Valley of the Giants, a tree top walk in the forest of giant red tingle trees. We will have more on this in our next post.

More photos can be seen in the album Photos / Australia – Our Lap / Albany

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