Leafy Sea Dragons in Adelaide
To start with Adelaide was only a stop-over on the Indian Pacific to catch a couple of good nights sleep. But when I started to talk with people about it, I discovered that there is a lot to do and see.
As usual when I arrive in a new city, I try to explore it by following Geocaches. In Adelaide I spotted something special, a Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy themed Where-I-Go that had points to visit all around town. Even though the distances were large, I gave it a go.
Here's the log I wrote after completing it:
That was unexpected!
Without warning the Heart of Gold dropped me in the middle of Adelaide
and left without the trace. And just when I was to enjoy a Pan Galactic
Gargle Blaster! So I had no other choice but to make a new one...
After that I was very exhausted. But the next day promised even more excitement! Diving with Leafy Sea Dragons!
stranded without transport is tough, but after asking around I got hold
of a three-gear hire bike. Not my first choice, but beggars can't be
choosers. So into the saddle I hopped and of I went.
hour I had a bit of a struggle with a suntiger but managed to extract
the first ingredient. After cycling for almost two hours along the
coastline I finally detected the correct mixture of Santraginean water.
from there the Mega-Gin and the Marsh Gas weren't so far away. After
also procuring a dose of Ol' Janx Spirit, a hearty olive and a bit of
Hypermint I ran into a small problem. Those earthlings didn't understand
the urgency of my mission and demanded that I return the bike by
4:30pm. So back to the city I went.
From there I took one of
those big wheeled horizontal people transporters to get me close to the
final ingredient. After a short hike it was successfully retrieved. Now I
had all ingredients, but no container to safely mix them... Just then I
noticed a location where the Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster could be
prepared, and it wasn't even that much further, considering how far I've
come today. What I forgot to consider was my absolute lack of winged
transportation, so I ended up walking quite a bit longer until I reached
the correct place.
On the way there I spotted a couple of
natives, one was a small grey cuddly thing with a button nose, and the
others were two jumpy-thingies. One of them even had two heads! "Earth
can't be all that bad, if there are other two-headed creatures around", I
thought to myself and continued on my way.
Once at the correct
location it took a good deal of rummaging until the container showed
itself and then I was finally in possession of a Pan Galactic Gargle
Blaster! And after the day I had, I could definitely use it!
PS: Found 6:39 pm, #7 of 8 (day), #677 (total)
PPS: Summary - 6.5 hours spent on a bicycle, 3 hours hiking and 1 hour in buses.
1.5 hours South of Adelaide is Rapid Bay, a beach with a big jetty where the Leafy Sea Dragons normally hang out. We had a very nice dive with clear water and a beautiful giant Cuttlefish, but alas no Sea Dragons.
Because chances of spotting them during a second dive were slim, we next headed farther South to Victor Harbor's The Bluff dive site. Here the conditions weren't as good as before, the water was murkier and visibility was limited to 5 meters, but that was soon forgotten when we spotted our first Leafy Sea Dragon 3 minutes into the dive! And it wasn't the only one. During the swim out we spotted 6 Leafy Sea Dragons, 4 of those were pregnant males.
Since it was getting a bit chilly in the water we decided to turn around. On our way back we spotted 4 more Leafy Sea Dragons, 2 of which were pregnant males. Some of those might have been the same we spotted before, but a couple probably were not. That was a truly fantastic dive that surpassed my wildest hopes :).
The train left in the early evening the next day, so I had a good couple of hours to explore the city a bit further. And on this excursion I spotted a Swiss restaurant called Alphütte which was flying the Swiss flag! Unfortunately, it was closed that day.
I had three fantastic days in Adelaide and was only a bit sad that time didn't allow for a visit to Kangaroo Island and Port Lincoln, famous for it's Great White Shark Cage Diving. Maybe next time ;)
More pictures from Adelaide can be found in my webalbum.
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