We couldn’t drive around the coast to Ngawi without a visit to the nearby Cape Palliser Lighthouse, and the nearby seal colony. The 18m tall lighthouse was built in 1897 to guide shipping around the perilous Cape Palliser, a dangerous place indeed with rocky headlands and more often than not, ferocious weather.
Cape Palliser Lighthouse
Here we all are at the base of the lighthouse
That all changed when Bill declared that he had never been, so was keen to climb up. With that, Dot, Val and I decided we might as well give it a try too. So off we went, one step after another, hanging on to the hand rail for support. Will I make it, I wondered, as I puffed my way to the top, taking many short breaks to get my breath back. The four of us slogged it out and eventually reached the top – so pleased we persevered and yes we did, we made it!
We were rather wind blown at the top
Robin decided to give it a go too, sore knees or not, and finally joined us at the top. Perhaps his knees will make him pay for this exercise tomorrow.
He made it too
The five of us intrepid explorers felt justifiably pleased with ourselves as we walked back down the 250 or so steep steps. Then it was off to see if we could find any seals on the rocks. And there they were, little ones frolicking in the shallows and larger ones standing guard. They were hard to see as the seals were almost the same colour as the rocks.
Seals on the rocks
We all needed a treat from the handy food cart operating on our camp doorstep so it was ice-creams all round on our return back to the vans. Later on we took a walk in the early evening twilight to check out the fishing boats and bulldozers just along the beach.
On the shingle beach
The sky darkened as the sun sank lower casting a golden glow. What a lovely finish to a great day.