Onwards To Peaceful Bay
Dec 30, 2011
|Fri. Dec. 30.
Rain fell early this morning. We woke to the tap, tap, tapping of the rain drops on the roof of the camper van. With open windows to keep us cool through the night, I felt the mist entering through the window by my bed. The gentle rain kept us from hurrying out of bed. We did, however, manage to check out at ten.
Lower Denmark Road is a scenic drive leading us from Albany. Our first stop at the hanging rock was nothing to write home about mostly because the misty wet weather interfered with the view. One bonus to the wet weather though is less pesky flies. Farther west we find Cozy Corner where we need to turn back to avoid the corrugated red gravel road.
Denmark is only 54 km from Albany. It was worth a stop to explore this cute little town. Summer is a busy time of year with no vacancies anywhere. Walking through town we observed restored old buildings and shops. The low cloud and rain made this the better option as taking the scenic drives though forest would not have been very scenic today.
Lunch was at the prize winning Denmark Bakery because McSweeney's Gourmet Sandwich Cafe had a forty minute wait to be seated.
The Alpaca Center offered many tempting products for purchase but they were way to pricey for my pocket. We also had fun browsing the antique shops in town.
Leaving town signs on the highway attracted us to a few more tourist traps. We tended to look for indoor entertainment today. Bartholomew's Meadery makes all sorts of products from honey. Flavored honey, honey wine, liqueur, honey ice-cream, beehive products and arts and crafts are all available to taste test and purchase. The bee hive on display was very interesting and educational. Did you know that bees never sleep? I fancied the chocolate honey, the citrus honey wine and the honey liqueur.
The toffee and cider factory turned into a quick stop with a few more samples to taste. Definitely not as interesting as the Meadery.
Al noticed a woodworking sign and turned in to discover creative wood projects. We learned about many types of gorgeous Australian woods. These handmade pieces of art are one of a kind. They are pricey and rightly so. Magnificent timbers have been hand crafted into masterpieces. The South Coast Wood Works Gallery is the place to go for really different furniture if you have money.
With rain still falling steadily Al and I drive the rest of the way to Peaceful Bay. Here we manage to get the last paved site; not that we really need one. Forty dollars was not worth the crowded, somewhat run down campground. The cool wet weather kept us from walking the beach tonight.