|With the weather changing, it was time to leave the mesmerizing world of the Coorong, headed --|
|-- into the dairy country around Meningie, where ... ye gods! The UFOs have landed! No, it's just water tanks,|
crowned with quite an array of microwave relay aerials.
|Hang a right: we'll be circumnavigating Lake Alexandrina on the way home...|
|"No Diving," says the sign ... while diving would be a pretty neat trick off Meningie's old jetty -- which ended|
long before it reached any water, in 2009! This is Lake Albert, which connects with Lake Alexandrina" We're used to
seeing the lakes from the Milang Side, of course.
|Meningie is a popular destination in the region -- a much bigger town than Milang. But we prefer|
the peace and quiet of the Milang area.
|Change in the weather (in 2011), waiting for the Wellington Ferry to come back across...|
|...and here's the exact same place in 2009. Get out of the car, stretch the legs while waiting for the ferry...|
|A long, long zoom shot of colonial ruins which stand abandoned not far from the river. The region is|
full of history drowsing side by side with technology.
|There goes the ferry on its way to Wellington. We just missed it. Ten minutes later --|
|Here it comes, headed for Tailem Bend. Time to get back in the car -- they don't take long to unload.|
|Halfway across, shooting out of the window -- and already hearing the ruckus! Like Strathalbyn, Wellington|
is the home to huge flocks of little corellas ... and when they mill around, they shriek as only wild parrots can.
|Little corellas are cousins to sulphur crested cockatoos -- both are common in South Australia.|
|Invasion of the little corellas! They were everywhere at Wellington on this trip in 2009.|
|...the trees are full of them, and every ten minutes they'll take off, swirl around in a great cloud,|
shriek for the sheer fun of it, and then settle right back down again.
|The road back to Stathalbyn takes you through miles and miles of agriculture.|
|And here we are back at Strathalbyn, where we began --|
|Ducks graze the parklands, while the Angas River bridge heads across to the bandstand and, beyond, the church.|
|Wall art ... actually, it's the public rest room beside the park, and -- never miss the chance to|
decorate a wall, right?
|Detail from the wall art at Strathalbyn ...|
|-- the work is astonishing, and so beautiful --|
|-- an unexpected pleasure in the evening light, just before we headed for home.|
|Evening light o the towers of St. Andrew's church. And now ... time to head home for dinner: we'll|
be there in an hour or so.
Then ... Wellington Ferry again, and the run through to Strathalbyn, where we stopped for a stretch of legs, snack and tea (or coffee, if you prefer; the picnic basket is always well stocked), before we headed home. Wellington had been invaded by little corellas in 2009, very likely the same flocks as gather in Strathalbyn too. They're great to watch, not so great to listen to, since they're LOUD!!
With evening light settling and dinner in mind, we headed straight for home ... which, on the above map, and at the time, was approximated by the "Marion" you see due south of Adelaide. (We've moved since then.) And "it's a wrap!" That was it for another road trip. Now, where to next?!
- Dave covered this part of the trip with all due hilarity in "The Journey Home: Final Leg."