On our way to Ningaloo... we practiced snorkeling in anticipation of Western Australia's version of the Great Barrier Reef.
We arrived in Ningaloo at the People's Park just in time for a dinner. The park is located right on the ocean - 50 yards from the water. Absolutely gorgeous!
|The little town of Ningaloo consisted of a few restaurants, a couple of small groceries, and a bakery. This cafe was located right at Peoples Park - lucky for us. And a BYO!|
|Gia enjoying the evening|
|Don't ask :)|
|Thank goodness we took a ball - the kids had a "ball" - :)|
|Our morning, relaxing camper-side|
|Running along the beach for long solitary stretches netted me my first ever unbroken sand dollar!|
|Can't beat coffee beach side, freshly brewed by a sweet hubby.|
The beach and reef exceeded expectations in every way. There was a beautiful stretch of shallow water, about 2 feet deep, that went out about 50 yards until a drop off to the reefs. Large, colorful fish would dart about in the shallows to all of our our amazement. At the edge of the shallows you can step right off and float along over the reefs. There were sword fish, manta rays, and many other reef fish.
|Enjoying the shallows|
|One of the many fish darting about - the flue fish?|
|Getting ready for the snorkeling|
|We all watch amazed as daddy demonstrates how to snorkel|
|A tough day of snorkeling|
|Gia catching a snorkeling ride on her daddy's back|
|Caden's turn for a snorkeling ride - he enjoyed it a bit less than Gia|
|Uncle Randy and Corey ready to take on the seas|
|The fearless snorkelers|
The kids enjoyed a relaxing afternoon, trying to gather coconuts from the palms and crack them open.
|My short hair :)|
|Our new friend Russell over for a visit|