Tracy, Markus, Michelle & Daniel, Kelly and I went on a little Camping & Kayaking trip in Dwellingup.
We left late yesterday afternoon (once Trace was done with the Christmas sales) and got to Dwellingup at about 19:30. We were initially discouraged by the half-dozen signs telling us that ALL SITES ARE FULL in the Lane Pool Reserve on the way to the park entrance. We decided to take our chances and ended up camping in a day-use area.... it was fantastic :P we had a huge area to ourselves, with the only downside being that we had to carry the gear about 70m from the car... no big drama. I knew we would not leave a mess behind, so I didn't feel guilty about camping in a undesignated spot.
Markus finally got to use his tent that we bought him for his birthday (last Jan!) and he appeared very happy with it. While setting up camp, I realised that I had left Tracy and I's sleeping bags and pillows at home. Luckily Kelly bought an extra blanket, and we used towels for pillows.
Even with the new self-inflatable air mattress I had bought at the sales earlier in the day, I had a terrible nights sleep, as the blanket wasn't really big enough for Trace and I... I will freezing and spent many hours in a half-awake-half-asleep lucid state.... the lack of sleep is resulting in me being in a rather lucid state now as well, so you'll have to excuse me if this whole thing reads like a dogs breakfast.
Anyway - before we went to bed, we ate dinner, drank a bit of fun-ness and looked at the amazing stars on display away from the city lights.
The follow day we packed up and headed into town to have breakfast before picking up the Kayaks. Having previously eaten at the Dwellingup Cafe, we thought we'd try the other prominent café in town - Millhouse Cafe & Chocolate Co.
Now, what can I say about this place without ending up with a similar situation to this on my journal?
The place looked very nice - neat and tidy and with a nice airy atmosphere. The guy taking our orders was pleasant enough. My pancakes were... terrible. The worst I have ever eaten... then came with a tiny bit of honey on them and were try as hell and almost impossible to cut. The more I think about it, the more I'm convinced they were stale pancakes that you can buy at the supermarkets. Michelle's were the same as mine. I think everyone had something on their plate that wasn't quite right.
....the fact that the waiter had a great big uncovered and bleeding gash on his hand didn't help this situation.... The more I think about it, the more amazed I am that we actually ate and didn't hurl. When we saw him bleeding.
...the coffee was actually very nice though - one of the best I'd had in recent times :-)
Seriously though - Avoid this place. The Dwellingup Café is not spectacular either, but they do have friendly service and decent food.
Anyway - below are some photos that will finalise this story, while also visually representing what occurred on the evening prior.