It was one o'clock by the time we left Tom Price, much of the last hour and a half taken up with trying to find somewhere open for lunch (we discovered you couldn't rely on the fact that the brochure for the local Chinese restaurant said it would be open - "they might have closed permanently; this is Tom Price", according to the woman at the tourist info centre).
Having eaten lunch, we drove until about 5 pm, firstly almost south through Paraburdoo (another mining town), then back towards the north, and finally west, pulling into a free rest area at House Creek Bridge. Another beautifully shaded and peaceful spot, Pip quickly made friends with a fellow traveler, an eleven year old girl names Molly.
As is often the case, with the children acquainted, the path was paved for the parents to meet and we spent a very pleasant hour catching up with Graeme and Helen about their travels from Albany (and sharing some of their wine - thanks guys!)
Once again, the evening cooled off into a beautiful night, perfect for sleeping!