1km before Irwin Inlet Crossing (528.7)-Parry Inlet Camping Area(546.2)
Campsite Elevation: 74ft/23m
The goal of the day today was to get as many miles in as I could before it rained. The forecast said it was going to start raining by 2pm. I figured I wouldn’t have all the miles done by then, but by going later last night, I knew I’d finish pretty early today and hopefully be in less rain. The morning started off with something unique. Irwin Inlet is 200m wide, and the Bibbulmun Foundation has provided canoes for people to row across. There are 6 canoes total, so the hope is that there would be three canoes on each side as hikers are crossing from both sides and it can naturally even itself out. If you arrive and there is just one or two canoes on your side, it is the hiker’s responsibility to paddle across, attach one or two canoes to your boat, then paddle back to even out the numbers on each side. Knowing of at least four other people coming from my side this morning, someone was going to have to paddle across three times to make sure all the canoes didn’t end up on one side. Fortunately, when I arrived, my paddle across evened it out to three on each side.It was intimidating for me with the small waves, as I’ve done very little with water transportation. It ended up being quite smooth. and the actual paddling only took a few minutes. That was a big relief for me. Those canoes are a cool thing to have, and a great idea. I buried all my electronics in a dry bag in my pack, so I wasn’t able to photograph anything while in the canoe crossing, just a shot looking across. Immediately after the crossing was a descent stretch through an area inundated with kangaroos. It was great to see the mobs all over and watch all of their quirky behavior as I walked by. I love watching them bounce so fluidly. I was even able to Skype with my nephews so they could see the kangaroos.
The rest of the day was up and down sand dunes and in and out of beaches. It was a great scenic day that required a lot of taxing sand walking. I’m really glad I lowered my daily average for this section, and was really happy that I went further yesterday to make today shorter. I took a ton of photos and really enjoyed the whole day. There are names for all these beaches and such, but I just like hiking it and taking it in without paying attention to names. What I really loved about today is that I had it all to myself. How often can people go to such incredible places and have it all to their self!? Such an incredible feeling to have that.I wasn’t sure how far I was going to go depending on the weather and my energy, but by the time I got to lunch, I knew I was going to stop at the earlier option. I had lunch at the Boat Harbour Shelter, and was glad I chose that over a viewpoint for lunch because it rained steadily while I was in the shelter. Whew, close call! By the time I finished my lunch, and hiked out, the rain had cleared for the moment. It really was the best timing I could have asked for. The rest of the day was more of sandy walking, ridge walking, dunes, and beach walking. I did see two tiger snakes (super poisonous!) and a copper colored snake that was a big one. Today’s scenery was a really great day! The clouds were great too. Love the clouds!
Well, that’s about it. It was a great day and I love that I completely dodged rain and got done early. There is a slight bit of rain possible the first half of tomorrow. Since it was raining, I totally forgot to take a photo at the campsite. It’s a small campground with RVs parked and a beach at the end of the wooded camping area. For most, a spot in the Parry Beach campground is $7.50/person. The camp caregiver was super kind and told me she was allowing Bib hikers to camp here for free (sweet!). There are even showers and a kitchen area. Here’s a shot of the beach next to the campsites. Once again, I’m going to sleep quite well tonight!