We left Katherine yesterday and headed on thru to Cooinda in Kakadu. We skipped one nice looking spot in favour of another just 40ks up the road. However when we got there the road was closed… Bugger…
So we headed in Cooinda on the rec of some folks we had met at Palm Springs. We finished up on the outer limits of the campsite about a days drive from the pool and showers! At 5 o’clock we came back from the pool to make dinner and discovered the mosquito plague. We were assaulted from all directions which made for a most unenjoyable evening.
Because it was so nasty outdoors Sam and I had baked beans on toast for dinner and the girls had vegemite toast. We met a couple from Two Rocks – fair dinkum ‘cashed up bogans’ with the mullet to match. They had sold up in Perth, bought a 32ft cat in Thailand and were sailing their way around oz and the pacific. We chatted for a while and slightly envied the life of these 43 year old grandparents before hitting the sack.
This morning we woke to mozzies all over the flyscreen of the camper and full on dive bomb assaults every time we walked outside. The decision to move on was easily made! I did the outside pack up amid the plague while Danelle knocked over the dishes and then we got on the road.
On the way to Jabiru we stopped at the Aboriginal Cultural center in Cooinda (free, air con and mozzie free) which was really good, Noorlangi Rock / lookout where there were aboriginal rock paintings and them we headed into the campsite at Jabiru.
We have forsaken the rougher bush camping when in an environment where it is hot and swimming is not possible, so currently we are at the Kakadu Caravan Park in Jabiru for the next couple of days before we hit Darwin and stay with Danelle’s cousin.
I’m off to roast some coffee as the 2 of I left home with 7 weeks ago is almost used up – if not in quantity then certainly in quality.
Ah, you have them too! Mosquito plagues and black flies that leave us oozing for days if not weeks. We claim they protect us from being inundated by humans seeking paradise. Nonetheless, both human and insects arrive en mass when the weather begins to warm.