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Active Retirees : Active Retirees Feb-March 2012
Active RetireesTM | 17 view from the chair a short ladder to discover the crew standing under umbrellas, wearing sombreros, strumming guitars and proffering chilled glasses of icy margaritas – incongruously magnificent. A tumbling waterfall hits the surface of the most enticing pool; of course a swim is de rigueur. Modern history We also explored the curious shapes of the coast of Talbot Bay where, it may have been a zillion years ago, the Kimberley continent collided with the Australian land mass – boomp! The collision caused massive heating along the borders of contact and the Kimberley region was created. But not neatly. The folding and buckling of the sedimentary rocks welded the boundaries, hence the rolling, petticoat- frill effect that presents some of the most stunning images along the whole of the Kimberley coast. More stunning images are ashore at Vansittart Bay. Aboriginal legend says Gwion Gwion art on the walls was created by birds that pecked the rocks until their beaks bled and then created elegant, delicate figures with tail feathers and their own blood. Controversy surrounds the paintings, first seen by a European in the late 1800s; however and whenever they were created, they are so ancient that no pigment remains on the rock surface. Back on board, on deck for dinner embraced by a balmy night, we dine on seafood, sip chilled wine and talk of everyday events. In the dark night of the Indian Ocean there is a murmur from a million years ago coming from land close by. Dust motes float through fairy lights on deck: red dust from the scarred walls of the vast open cut mines. This is the Kimberley and all around us is timeless geological intrigue and mystery. •• ABoARD If sailors decide to give the outdoors a miss and stay aboard, there’s plenty to keep you busy: the library, lots of nooks and crannies to curl up with a book, the afternoon trivia quiz in the Observation Lounge – an excellent excuse to scoff pastries – and talks in the theatre. Of an evening, guests meet for a drink, sharing the day's stories and gasping over photos of the day’s top fishers grasping very large creatures. AsHoRe Before you depart Broome, take a camel ride at sunset along Cable Beach – everyone does it, and it’s so popular for a very good reason. The last land stop before Darwin is in the town of Wyndham, where you can enjoy a flight over the Kimberley and confectionery spiral mounds of the Bungle Bungles.
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