Finding Jervis Bay Part 2

February 18th 2015 – The outdoor shower and the Bungalow
Coming back from the lagoon we were all in a hurry to settle down, however there was one obstacle “the outdoor shower”. One of the condition of renting out the bungalow was that we would use the outside shower to wash away any sand or dirt. I went first. This was the first time using an outdoor shower. Even though I had my swimmers on, it was quite an awkward experience. . The shower door only covered a portion of my body and with your friends staring at you it didn’t help much either. A fun experience nonetheless.    Shower

The bungalow comprised of two floors. Top floor was spacious occupied by a few furniture, a whopping king size bed and a door that led outside to the veranda connecting to another house. The bottom floor was a mixture of the living room, dining room, kitchen and bedroom. With little to no dispute we agreed upon having the bottom floor for the males and top floor for the females. The bungalow was quite a decent accommodation for the price we paid. 5/5

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February 18th 2015 – Dinner
Exhausted and hungry we ripped apart a precooked chicken and neatly reorganized it onto a plate to share along with a packet of salad. Dinner table was set and we all dug into the food. Without salt, pepper and salad dressing the food was pretty bland. We could all read off each other’s faces that the food needed more Om-ft. In desperation we took out a can of SPAM. We put that thing straight on the frying pan to bring out the salty goodness. With that high saturated salt content we were able to give flavour to the chicken and salad. Dinner was saved. That thing was a legend. Note: whenever you go on a trip to somewhere take a can or two of spam with you.

Dinner went by nicely. We shared stories and got to know each other better.

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February 19th 2015 – The night.
We took out a bottle Jack Daniels and Coke what more to say. ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

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February 19th 2015 – Official Day 1 of the trip
The sun slowly made its way into the bungalow. I was awoken by a hyped girl contemplating whether to go outside or not. With little time to waste I joined her to see what Jervis had to offer in the morning. We decided to walk around the neighborhood to find some kangaroos. The pursuit was over before it began. The place was ruled by kangaroos. We were surrounded. They were everywhere. We took some photos of the kangaroo and walked around the neighborhood. After a few shots we headed back to begin our official day 1 journey.

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Chinaman’s Beach
The first beach we decided to head was Chinaman’s beach. The beach had a calm atmosphere. The waves were slow compared to the previous beach. It had its own little charm. Chinaman’s beach was perfect for relaxation. The highlight of the beach was the dolphins in the distance. It would have been awesome to swim along with them.

chinamansOnward to the next beach.

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Finding Jervis Bay

Jervis Bay Trip – Part 1

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February 18th 2015, not long after the horrifying incidents of Wattamolla cliff jump we set off on a spontaneous  hold on let me tell you how this all began.

February 16th 2015, it all started at the gym(everything starts at the gym ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) ) with my friend. He asked me a question “so, what’s happening with Jervis Bay, are we still going?” which I answered with “sure why not”. That night I brought up the question to the group to see their thoughts on it. They seemed interested in the idea however there wasn’t much drive on pursuing the idea. Out of the blue one of the member started posting links of accommodations at Jervis Bay. This was when shit things got real. Next minute we were looking for accommodations on airbnb. And moments later she was writing up cover letters requesting for a 3 day trip to a bungalow near Jervis Bay.

February 17th 2015, the next during the afternoon we got confirmation on the 3 day trip. The trip was a go!. Gulp. Time was not on our side. The trip was tomorrow.

February 18th 2015, the four of us met up around 11am. Packed the trunk with luggage, set the destination on the GPS updating us with a 214km road trip. Step foot on the pedal and off we were to the land down under. The excitement in the car was out off the roof. We were pumping music, talking loud. Driving Fast(under the speed limit). We were pumped.

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A good hour and half passed and decided to make a quick detour to the nearest maccas. Seriously, nothing beats a maccas pit stop. After having a good meal, we set off again. Turned the GPS back on and followed its directions. The directions seemed alright until it started directing us away from the main roads and kept pushing us towards the country side. The country side roads were narrow and bumpy, and the view outside wasn’t too pleasing either. Long stretches of farm land and the occasional herd of cows. We had no choice but to trust the dinky ass looking GPS. There was no going back.

After escaping the country side we reached a Valley. It was spectacular. We were situated on top of a steep mountain where we could see all sorts of mountains, and vast open green land in the distance. Surrounded by lush green forest. It felt like a scene from a top gear episode. The best part of this valley was the road ahead of us. The roads were perfectly smooth as though no other car had driven on it. Not only that the roads had a lot of turns. Each turn down the mountain got sharper and sharper. We sped down(20km/hr) the roads like a bunch of rally racers. One curve had the car tires screeching for a good 20 seconds and all of us screaming our heads off for a good minute or two thinking that a tire might pop and cause us to roll down the steep mountain. Good times. I got to admit thanks to my GPS we got to experience this wonderful valley.

After all the quirky roads, we made it to our destination. Our home for the next 3 days.

 The death lagoon, and its secret.

After getting everything settled in the bungalow we set foot outside to discover the beach in front of us. From our vantage point the beach was heavily fortified by a lagoon. With not a lot of time before the sun fell down, we decided to cross the lagoon. According to the local it was shallow and easily walk able. So we step foot into the lagoon. The lagoon was calm.

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Oh gawd.

The Smell.

The smell was awful at the start. The smell of sewage water and salt. The smell of death. The smell of fear.

The Feeling.

The first few steps were alright, solid the way I like it. A bit deeper into the lagoon I started to feel the mush crawling up between my toes. This wasn’t the usual mushy mud feeling, this was the feeling of stepping onto a dead sea creature that had just started decomposing. My body quickly sank into the gunk of dark brown goo and I was slowly falling deeper into the lagoon. It was as though the dead were coming alive to pull me down into the lagoon of death. We kept moving, there was no stopping us. The water was already up to my waist and we were only 3 meters in. Ahead of us the lagoon seemed to be getting deeper and deeper. I looked around to see how the others were coping with the situation and the expressions on the other guys were priceless. We kept going. We were determined to see the secret that the lagoon was guarding.

After making it through the death lagoon, we had made it onto the beach. The beach was speechless. Covered in soft white sand that made a speaking noise every time our foot rubbed against it. The waves were perfect, not too strong and not too calm. Above us was a clear blue serene sky. Nothing mattered to us at that moment, we were living in the moment, enjoying our time swimming, tripping on our skim boards and getting a nice tan on the beach. It felt as though it was our own beach.

Beach

The pictures a bit pixelated sorry don’t have a picture of the beach. I didn’t take my phone cause of the intimidating looking lagoon.

After seeing the secret guarded by the lagoon we made our way back. The walk back wasn’t too bad. The lagoon didn’t seem as a threat anymore. Jokes it was still pretty bad. The smell and feeling was still there. On a side note, surprisingly walking in that lagoon gunk it made my foot sparkling clean. Ahaha

Well that concludes part 1 of my Spontaneous Jervis Trip! Keep in touch for the next part of this journey!

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