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NIKKI: Monday, July 19th - Got up early, ate breakfast, and did a bit of sightseeing before we managed to catch a departing bus heading westward.

On the outskirts of Darwin, we meet on the bus with a guy and his girlfriend---they were both around the same age as Jonesy and myself---and they were heading out to see the camels and go pearling around Broome, WA.

Yes, Virginia, there are camels there. Cable Beach, which this pic shows us frolicking at, is located 7km away from Broome, and is...
[....] 22.5 km long with beautiful white sand washed clean daily by tides that can reach over nine metres. The water is crystal clear turquoise, and the gentle swells hardly manage to topple over as they roll up onto the almost perfectly flat beach. Caution, however, is required when swimming from November through March as box jellyfish are present during those months. Four wheel drive vehicles may be driven onto the beach from the car park. This allows people to explore the beach at low tide to a much greater extent than would be possible on foot.

Sunset camel rides operate daily along the beach.
Told ya there were camels! [link]
Cable Beach is home to one of Australia's most famous nudist beaches. The clothes optional area is to the north of the beach access road from the car park and continues to the mouth of Willie Creek, 17 km away.
Hmmm... better not mention this part to Jonesy....!

And thank goodness we don't have to worry about those darn jellyfish this time of year. They can be quite deadly should you ever step on one underwater!

And Broome has an active pearling industry, cultivated pearls harvested here around Roebuck Bay since about 1879.

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NIKKI: Tuesday, July 20th - Arrival in Broome after an evening, overnight and early morning trip.... and a nice sleep!

Fair, tropical Broome! Jonesy and I plan to spend a day or two here. Its warm beach with white sand and turquoise waters feels so beautiful!



As for the picture, well, how Jonesy managed to get me photographed in my bikini, I'll never know....

But hey, he likes seeing me wearing it, and I like wearing it for him. :)
And also for myself because I like it, too!

And such a great boyfriend he is! Look at him! He's about to throw me another pass of the replica officially-branded AFL football we bought ourselves back in Brisbane. Annnnd he might be thinking about throwing me a slightly longer pass, long enough for me to miss catching it, lose my balance, and fall backwards into the warm water and getting me all wet!

Well, if he does follow through with his devilish plan, have I got a surprise for him!

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Another what-if postcard and journal entry from two 1½th-year university students Jonesy and Nikki, exploring the Land Down Under.



6TEEN, Jonesy Garcia & Nikki Wong © Fresh Animation (nka FreshTV) Inc & NELVANA Ltd.
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YarTavdhladleklwa Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I WANNA GO TO AUSTRALIA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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:iconwildplaces:
wildplaces Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011
Cable Beach is awesome . . . as are Broome and Darwin. . . I love that part of the world :)
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:icondaanton:
daanton Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
And it never freezes or snows there, not even in winter!
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wildplaces Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011
I'd love to be there now. It's pretty cool down in Sydney.
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Philocleon Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011
Let me guess. The camels were part of some peoject the military was experimeting with? The United States Army tried that back in the mid 1800's.
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daanton Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
URL UPDATED: [link]
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daanton Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
NIKKI: "Uh.... no." [link]
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Philocleon Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011
Well, shows what I know. Here's some info about the Camels the U.S. military was working with. [link] Intriguingly enough I also found that camels were briefly experimented with during the Cariboo Gold Rush [link] Interesting (but digusting)pack animals they are.
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Dragonrider1227 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011
Anything with a bikini Nikki works for me :D
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Tito-Mosquito Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nikki sure is sexy!:drool:
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Wheelzzz Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
xD I'm kinda surprised Jonesy had the where withal to actually smile for the camera. I mean...seeing your GF in a bikini has kind of a desensitizing effect. And if Jonesy is still Jonesy, I'm sure he'd be kinda...unable to function.
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daanton Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
NIKKI: Well..... this is not the first time he's seen me in it.


And BTW he did manage to issue his characteristic purr/growl! ;P Such a great boyfriend.... :)
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Wheelzzz Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Well...yeah. That is true.

xD Ha! That's Jonesy for ya.
But I bet any guy in that same situation would've done the same thing.
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daanton Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
JONESY: You got that right.
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Wheelzzz Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
I'm pretty sure I did.

'Cause let's face it: Nikki's gorgeous.

Totally and completely gorgeous.

And no, I'm not hitting on her. D: --cowers in fear of teh mighty Jonesy--
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maxvision92 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I heard that the only real fear tourists in Broome must deal with is the bats. Big, seagull-sized, shrieking bats that can scare even guys who've stared down bikers; they're prevalent in parts of Broome that don't have adequate street lighting, and I mean prevalent.

I also heard that in Spetember, Broome has the pearl festival, fitting as that place was at the center of the pearling trade.
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daanton Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
September, eh? Too bad J+N went there about two months early....
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maxvision92 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I read about it in this book, A Year at the Movies. The guy who wrote it went on a quest to see a movie in a theater every day for a whole year. He went to Australia as a special excursion to truly soak up one culture. He was in Broome because, in his own words, "This is as remote as I wanted to get, since I could still get a decent cup of coffee as I watched a fistfight under a baobab tree while four-trailer, hundred-foot-long trucks barreled through town."
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daanton Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I recent read book about a guy from New York City who had married a girl from Sydney, went Down Under to his new home, got curious about, decided and went upon a hitch-hiking trek all around Oz. Among the things he did, discovered or whatever: he compared coastal Aborigines to Red Centre ones... he hitched a ride west from Camooweal with a guy who looked like more of an outlaw than someone left home to try to find his way in the world... he learned a unique way as to how Territorians determine distance by beer cans... Anyway, the last thing he did on his trek was lose all his money at the Casino in Darwin and was forced to hitch-hike back home!

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I think J+N must've read this book because they're trying very hard not to spend too much money all along their trip.
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maxvision92 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
What was that book called? I may have to check it out sometime, it sounds pretty interesting. And I hope I'm not being too forward, but I think you should probably try to root out a copy of A Year at the Movies. It's one of the best nonfiction books I've read in a while, tied up with Bruce Campbell's autobiography at the moment. Mystery Science Theater was one of the funniest TV shows I ever saw, and since Kevin Murphy was one of the writers of that show, this book is pretty funny. (It's especially amusing reading his description of his experience at a kiddie matinee in something called a "cinema grill".) It's also really uplifting, as it chronicles Kevin's transformation from a cynical snob, hardened by ten years of the worst things ever printed on celluloid, to someone who feels genuinely excited to see movies again. You don't really have to be a fan of Mystery Science Theater, because this is really Kevin's big solo project. Check it out if you feel like it.
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daanton Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
One more outback hiking book for your perusal:



"Thumbs up Australia: hitchhiking the outback" by Tom Parry. [BBC Radio 4 interview (2006.4.01)]
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maxvision92 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I could check it out, although I am more of an indoors guy, and would only read it and wish I could still stand sleeping in tents.
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daanton Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sounds pretty good.



Anyway, the book is entitled "One for the Road: an Outback adventure" by Tony Horwitz.
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HI-REZ95 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Have fun you guys! (dont mention the nude beach too u-know who..Lol)
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daanton Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
NIKKI: Don't worry, I didn't! ;p
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PtV Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Awwww, now this is such a romantic picture!
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Riot-Girl-Ino Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010
Ohoho, beautiful couple. :heart:
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digiharrison Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010
Best postcard ever! I love your wink Nikki! :D
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DJgames Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Cool. They're having the fun time.
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daanton Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
NIKKI: We sure were having a fun time!

Those two days we were there, the temperature hovered around 31°C.
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LL18ROX Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010
NICE!
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