14.04.2012 - 02.05.2012
We arrived in Ocean Reef, north Perth to stay with Jens cousin Carolyn and husband Clyde; and their two cheeky kids Charlie and Darcy. A nice way to spend the morning was take the kids to the dog beach just up the road at Pinnaroo Point.
It was great to spend time with family and we were made to feel at home. Our hosts were also great tour guides as we were shown the best of the region. Carolyn was able to join us for a day trip to Fremantle. We checked out the art gallery,
... the famous markets - good food so cheap!
... and Little creatures micro brewery. A nice way to prepare for the evening
We stayed in Fremantle to meet up with traveling friends Guy and Steph, to help Steph celebrate her birthday; a great way to finish a huge day.
To top off an amzing two weeks, our travels coincided with a special family occasion, the engagement of Kessley and Joel. Such a fun night, even a rare down-pouring couldn't dampen the evening!
Apart from the obviously in love couple it was beautiful to see two very close families come together.
Along with Jens family, we were able to spend time with the wonderful people at the Edmund Rice Centre in Mirrabooka. This non profit organisation provides education and community development programs to assist indigenous and new entrants to Australia.
Our aim was to help out, get a sense of the programs and the people involved - if only we could have been more help! Many of the programs focus on bringing kids together through sport in the most multicultural area in WA. Both Christine, the deputy Director and Joe, the Youth Programs Coordinator were so giving of their time. Thanks for being so warm and open to us, you are exceptional people and we are in awe of what you do for the community.
Time again to hit the road and head north, the beginning of what feels like the second leg of our (three part) 'Coasting Around'!!!