So the last few days we have continued to have the pleasure of Ron and Linda's company at Barunga.
Thursday we toured around Barunga and checked out the old Maranboy Tin Mine and Friday we went into Katherine to have a look around the town and visited the Katherine Hot Pool - another fabulous spot - it was more like tepid water, in fact, the perfect water temperature actually and we stayed for over an hour and only left when school got out and the hordes started to come in to join us.
On Saturday we ventured out to Katherine Gorge with Ron and Linda and today (Sunday) went to church at Barunga - lots of details and pics for Thursday, Saturday and Sunday below. :-)
Tomorrow we head off nice and early for Darwin and boy, has mum got some action-packed stuff in mind for when we get there! Until next time - its love from #BadBetty Mk II, Mum & Dad xo
Maranboy Tin Mine Site
Thursday - Barunga & Surrounds
Ron played tour guide and gave us a tour around the community and up to the water tanks - pretty impressive view from up there over the community. We also went to see the remainder of the Maranboy Tin Mine - which was operational from 1918 and employed many locals as well as Chinese workers. It closed for repairs in 1949 and never reopened. Its a bit hard to reconcile the pictures from its operational heyday to now (almost 70 years later) but there was an incredible steel lathe and other equipment and fixtures that are still there in part or in whole through so many years, harsh weather and fires. It was a very interesting forage through the site.
Yesterday (Saturday) we ventured out to the Katherine Gorge for a hike - it was only about 5km but in 34 degrees and with a substantial climb to the top for the view, it was a bit warm but then again, I got to travel in style as always! (in my #BadBetty bag!)
Along with the view, Dad took some great pics of the plants - one reminded us of "Little Shop of Horrors" - see if you can pick which one. :-)
We even got to meet some new friends and got my picture taken with them at the viewing platform - I am a very lucky #BadBetty!
The view was stunning but the stink of the bats - wow, that was awful! Right near the visitor centre - we understand they come and go depending upon the season but at this time, they have set up camp right there and the trees were alive with them!
Church @ Barunga
Sunday is church day for Ron and Linda so we all went along to the local church and I wasn't the only dog! :-) There were lots of dogs at the service and the older style hymns (Simon knew them all!) were sang in English and then in the local Creole language - almost like a pigeon English in some ways. I got cuddles (don't I always) and enjoyed my morning.
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