Go West

I am sorry it has been so long since I have written. I have been given an opportunity to work in the mines in Western Australia – 6000km (or 3700miles) from home!

In such a resource rich country, mining is one of our biggest industries, and definitely pays the most! I plan to be driving trucks very soon.

I am currently in the Pilbara. A desert filled with red rocks and spinifex grass. There are very few trees here, but I think that the contrast between the desert colours is beautiful. This is the closest I have lived to the beach before, and once you get out onto the islands the water is crystal clear and the marine life is amazing. Once when I was snorkelling on one of the islands here, I came across a long pole or stick in the sand. I hovered over it, baffled, as there are no trees or development on the islands. My brother quickly tapped me on the shoulder and pointed a few metres to my right. I see two tennis ball sized eyes sticking up out of the sand. It was a massive stingray! It must’ve been 3m long (9ft10in). I was only in about 2-3m deep water, so I swam away as quickly and calmly as possible – heart racing! I’ve also swam with big sea turtles, and have seen sharks, dolphins and whales. This part of the world is very untouched, as the climate can be unbearable. In Summer, not far away from where I’m based can reach temperatures of over 50 degrees Celsius (122 Farenheit), compared to a balmy late 40’s here.

There are a lot of natural adventures to be had in this area, so for the time being I will be writing about them, unless Jackaroo sends me something interesting from the east coast of course!

28 Replies to “Go West”

  1. Hi Chad!
    Hope you’re well. Yes it has been a while! My life has taken such a different route this year, I hope to write a new post very soon! Stay tuned 🙂

  2. Thanks Lynda! 🙂 It will be an adventure that’s for sure! The scenery definitely does make up for the extreme heat and flies haha. Hopefully I will have some more photos for you soon. Thanks for your lovely comment 🙂

  3. Thanks, I hope to have good enough adventures to write about haha. Oh that’s sad 🙁 Coal mining is a dangerous game. I’ve heard of people over here having accidents with machinery too. I’ll be safe in my big truck 🙂

  4. Thank you. Oh ok then. I’ve never been to NZ but it looks beautiful, I’d like to go! Quite different to our desert island called Australia haha. Enjoy your trip! I’m not sure what the Thornbirds are sorry 🙂

  5. You are amazing. I could never have been so brave, Jess. Though I imagine that beauty and scenery make it worth while. Can’t wait to see more!

  6. Hearson’s Cove, the Burrup Penninsula and the Dampier Archipelago: I’d love to be back there at the moment. Beautiful part of the world.

  7. Looking forward to more posts on your new adventure. Yes, mining is hard work, and dangerous. Lost my grandfather on my father’s side of the family as a result of a coal mining accident. Never knew him. He died before I was born.

  8. No worries, thank you very much 🙂 I find similar lifestyles in other countries very interesting too!
    Wow you do sound like a busy man! Ah well, you know what they say – if you can’t be good, be good at it 🙂

  9. Thanks for the time of your own reply, Jess. Your blog is great….I learn a lot about your part of the world just from “tuning in”, so to speak. 🙂 Am well…busy with another term of teaching (two Westerns courses), working on my own research/site, and staying out of trouble…sometimes, ha. 😉

    Take care,

  10. Hi Chad, I knew you’d be the first to comment! Haha! Thanks for your continual support of my shenanigans/blog 🙂 Yes I absolutely love adventuring and being outdoors. Hope you’re well 🙂

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