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07-24-2002, 10:45 PM
Gascoyne River, 1965. There should be four of them but the time is about right. Could it be?
07-24-2002, 11:34 PM
07-24-2002, 11:37 PM
Gee Norm, that could be almost anywhere in "outback" Aus, It looks just like part of victoria we call the Mallee. All red sand and minimum rainfall and having the same trouble with water as you. If thats the river then you should look around for Henly on Todd in the Northern Territory.( http://www.henleyontodd.com.au/ ) By the way my dad, in that sort of country too, uses a roll of wire netting and star pickets as a temporary rabbit-proof fence, and try and find a 'seedsaver' network in US for wilt-free tomato seeds.
07-25-2002, 02:06 AM
Hot country. This is a big sandtrap, it looks like a difficult course.
07-25-2002, 02:43 AM
Sure looks like the river... But Jeffs right could be any river from West Aussie to Queensland and down to Victoria and South Aussie... when they dry up they dry up and red pindan looks like red pindan no matter what part of the country your in... but... I think on closer inspection one can see the young fella without a shirt cant we?... okay so that rules out Victoria NSW and South Aussie tongue.gif ... Tassies just that little spec under Aussies bum that even the Olympic Committee forgot! So it cant be there ;) ... So its a river in either West Aussie Queensland or the Territory... CLOSE ENOUGH! :cool:
Well now Norm we gots to be honest mate the Gassy does get water in it!!... On average once every 7 years she flows enough to burst her banks then disappears into the sand for another 7 years... Ususally after a solid week of p*****g downpours... and its almost always too rough and full of trees dead cattle and other flotsam to sail on but a dinghy ride can be had for fun!! :eek:
Cant say as I recalls that pic from me albums... mmmmmmm 1965 you say... mmmm that would make me what? 8 years old in 65!... damned if I know mate!! damned if I remembers people taking photos of me and the raiders during our sprees!... most were too busy running and hiding!! :D
Now I would say that that shot would have been taken in or around Carnarvon... just makes sence to think that as Gassy Junction in the 60s was a place no one with any brains came out to let alone take pictures of!!... it only became a "tourist mecca" after some bright spark took some photos of the wildflowers around Mt Augustus one year in the late 70s I think... but really its never been a too popular place too far of the main strips... Most people travelling north from Perth use either the coastal highway (the Brand Highway) or they go the inland highway (Great Northern Highway) through Meekatharra but thats mostly the mining mobs tourists rarely head up that way preferring the coastal meander :rolleyes:
Take it easy
[ 07-25-2002, 02:47 AM: Message edited by: Wild Dingo ]
07-25-2002, 09:18 AM
Now you see why I equiped my canoe with ballons, eh.
Same source for this picture had one of Gascoyne Junction, also circa1965. A building, a couple of cars and a Cessna airplane.
I sure enjoyed our time in the US desert Southwest. We always thought we might retire there but too many people beat us to it.
07-25-2002, 12:27 PM
Hey! That looks a little like the Platte River, except the Platte is about 2 inches deeper. :D
07-25-2002, 02:23 PM
Yeah, almost. Actually it looks just like the Gila River after Phoenix sucked all the water out so the Northeasterers who moved to the desert for their health could plant blue grass and get the allergies they fled back. And besides damning the Gila they pumped the water table down 90' by the 50's. Wonder what it is now?
08-16-2002, 03:03 PM
Norm, the settlers in Arizona pumped down the water table by nearly 1,000 feet in the first century (1880's - 1980's) in S. Arizona.
Shane - that coastal highway - is that the one that is/was always 'out' due to flooding or storms north of Canarvon? Also, that pindan you mention used to be the bane of the US Navy while I was there. It seems that, even though they're white as snow when you take them off, there's enough pindan dust in the air that a set of navy whites (uniform) would turn the most delicate shade of pink after a wash (two washes if you where lucky). Funny the USN didn't think too much of sailors in pink uniforms :D :eek: At least we only had any sort of assembly where the whole "crew" had to wear whites about twice a year. And when it's hot (about 11.5 months out of the year), it rots shoe leather _fast_ - we got to wear chukka boots since they would last and standard Navy issue would last maybe 2 months tops.
I wonder if the Navy jumped (almost literally) from the frying pan into the fire when they relocated the communications station from Exmouth to Diego Garcia. At least Exmouth would drop into the cool 80's in the winter.
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