After spending 4 days in Sydney, we all boarded a plane for the four hour flight to the city of Perth on the west coast of Australia.
We spent 11 hours driving in a van one day to see this remarkable sight.
HYDEN, Western Australia
14 metres high, and 110m long, the face of Wave Rock appears ready to crash onto a pre-historic surf, now frozen in time.
Believed to have formed over 2700 million years ago, Wave Rock is part of the northern face of Hyden Rock. The shape of the wave is formed by gradual erosion of the softer rock beneath the upper edge, over many centuries.
The colours of the Wave are caused by the rain washing chemical deposits (carbonates and iron hydroxide) down the face, forming vertical stripes of greys reds and yellows.
In addition to being an impressive tourist attraction, the rock has been converted in to a catchment for the town’s water supplies, with a foot-high concrete wall around the upper edge of Hyden Rock directing rainfall into a storage dam.
My dad’s older brother moved his family with 2 children to Perth Australia way back in 1967 as he wanted a warmer climate, and that Canada did not have to offer. I was 10 years old at the time and my cousins were younger. My cousin Carol and family made a trip to Canada back in 1994 when Mark and I were in the process of moving to Utah so we were unable to see them. So after 43 years I was able to reunite with Carol, meet her husband Chilly, and their 2 grown children Megan and Chris.
Chilly, Carol, Joan, baby Amber and Megan
Friend, son Chris,Chilly, Carol,Joan, Megan, Amber, and husband Steve
Chilly took us for a drive so we could see the lights of Perth.
It was so cool to hear them talk with all the Australian slang. This is some of what I learned.
I loved meeting with my rellies (relatives) and learned that Carol works at Woolies (Woolworth’s) and says” No Worries” when people say Thanks. She uses the sheila (woman’s) dunny (restroom) when needed.
We heard alot of G Day Mate, and fair dinkum (genuine, true).
We had a great time visiting, sharing stories, pictures and lots of laughs. Hopefully it won’t be quite as long between visits in the future.