Jesse Rivest's Blog
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Monday, May 30, 2005
Going to spend a couple days here before moving north. The highlights of the recent days have been Cape Le Grande National Park, which includes Frenchman's Peak and Lucky Bay. You must see these places. The Southern Forests are amazing but we ripped through them too quickly. I have learned of something for next time... the Bibbulmun Track is almost 1000km of hiking/biking through the coastline and amazing forests, stopping at towns for showers/backpacker hostels, and camping along the way. I wanted to climb the 60 m Gloucester Tree but we didn't have time. We did the Tree Top Walk, 40 m above ground in the Karri and Tingle trees - kinda cool but a bit hokey. The trees are most impressive from the ground as you drive, walk, or just rest among them. Albany has some cool sights, including the Bridge and Gap on the way to Frenchman Bay (who the hell was this Frenchman?), and the Wind Farm. 75% of the city's power is generated by wind energy! The turbines are huge and beautiful on the green hill above a roaring ocean coastline. Also, a little town called Denmark was quite notable - a laid-back artsy-craftsy town that I could imagine myself spending some time in.
Okay, well I think I will skip out on the wine tours here in Margaret River, and instead spend some time at the beach, maybe even rent a surfboard again and see if I can survive "The Box". Unfortunately the beach is 12 km away, and the van is under repair. Now where can I rent a bike?
Tuesday, May 24, 2005
The Nullarbor trip was very very cool and I am so glad I left the city. I think I am just enjoying moving along and seeing new things! I still have some money so that is what I am doing still... I have been in a limestone cave, Cocklebiddy Cave, where you can swim in complete darkness. I have seen one of the first earliest telegraph stations in ruin along the ocean. I have seen Southern Right Whales playing at Head of Bight. I have had campfires in "the bush"! The campervan is a pig on gas but it is doing good for us. I have been driving 4-on-the-tree and on the wrong side of the road!
Today I think I will climb to the top of Frenchman's Peak in Cape Le Grande, which is outside of a town called Esperance. From there, I don't know! Until next time...
Wednesday, May 18, 2005
My dorm was full of Irish blokes and gals so guess what happened last night? Yes, you guessed it, we had lots of fun! That's the drunkest I've been since coming here! I love the Irish. When you are travelling and you want to be social... look for Irish folks! We all fell asleep listening to John Butler and woke up and had breakie, too! The funny thing about travelling is how quickly every one becomes friends and how quickly everyone goes seperate ways. It's all about "traveller" friendships. Naturally I miss my long term friendships, and I sure miss Crazy French Girl :)
Many pubs in Australia are REAL Public Houses, with fireplaces and usually different rooms, like a common/living room, the bar room, and usually bedrooms upstairs for travellers of the old days. I love it! The buildings are very old here which is super cool.
Also, the weather sucks in Melbourne and rocks in Adelaide. I am not really in a position to make such a generalization, but I have spoken and it is true. It is almost winter here and I might sunburn this morning if I am not careful. So today I am going to buy some sunblock and a sleeping bag for new adventure which starts tomorrow morning!!!
By the way, Erin and Rebecca: I have kept my beard just for you and I look... not bad! I can't grow on my right cheek, center, though. But who fucking cares? Not me. You know what feels good? Salt water dripping from your bearded face as you pull yourself from the last wave that kicked your ass off your surfboard. I am living.
Tuesday, May 17, 2005
In Sydney, there is Andrew who I'd like to visit, plus I have made a new good friend named Rik who is a poet and peforming artist (acting, comedy). We have great conversations about life and values and he influences me to try and succeed as a singer/songwriter/guitarist. I know I shouldn't need a push, but it's wierd, I just do need a push here and there. But first... I am going west!!! With my guitar of course!
So... until I next find time and cheap internet.... Take care!!! By the way, if you are reading this and you know me... then consider yourself missed as I do miss you. If you don't know me (personally) then don't be silly, how could I be missing you?
Sunday, May 15, 2005
By the way, surfing is addictive. I'd like to buy a Toyota HiAce van and a surf board and roam the country!
Wednesday, May 11, 2005
After that I think I will visit Sydney and possibly a little place called Mooloolaba in Queensland (warm and rainforesty), where I might be able to be a surf bum for a bit. I'm going to meet with my cousin tonight and discuss getting there and staying and surfing, etc. After that, I'm not sure... but the west coast is calling me...
Sunday, May 08, 2005
Saturday, May 07, 2005
It is EXPENSIVE here. I don't have as much time as I thought (without working, busking, gigging, etc). So I am always thinking about how and when I will make some money. There many options to learn about from other travellers!
Thursday, May 05, 2005
I am intimidated by Fitzroy (Brunswick St, Smith St); I want to try and get a live show as "that Canadian dude" but I don't know where to start. I guess in time, I've only been here a few days. My hostel is quite expensive and I might move soon. I haven't figured out what to do next yet, but Melbourne is still under exploration by Jesse the... explorer. I made a new friend from France when I was playing in the street last night on Brunswick St, and today we explored St. Kilda. Truthfully I prefer exploring alone, but it was nice to have some company. Tonight I might check out the live music at the Espy in St. Kilda. You take a street Tram to get there, very cool!
Okay, that's it for now!
Tuesday, May 03, 2005
Travelling is very different and new to me; I have LOTS to learn. Initially it is scary, yet exciting. I will write more soon!