So, we ended up spending another day in Cobar, mostly because Adam had some work obligations and needed to stay put. (He’s helping a client with a migration – IT people I’m sure will understand what that means.)
Cobar was a significant mining town – primarily gold and copper – back in its day. (At one time, the population was 45,000+; now, it’s less than 4,000 people.) Still, the town is a shrine to mining and miners. And I liked this simple poem:
In between work calls, we still managed to fit in some sightseeing.
We went to the Fort Bourke Hill Lookout and New Cobar Open Cut Gold Mine, which was pretty remarkable.
We walked around downtown Cobar, and the funniest thing I think I saw was at the lovely Catholic church. (My still-Catholic friends can clarify this for me. Has this been a normal sighting since COVID?):
Cracked me up! Here was the church (St Laurence O’Toole Catholic Church):
Indeed, Cobar was another quiet Outback town. I think I would like the Cobar work week:
When deciding whether to stay in Cobar for another night or move on to Noona (about an hour away), I asked the guy at the information centre, and his response was, “Where?” He’d never heard of Noona, despite regularly driving the road in and out. Needless to say, we decided to stay put.
By the way, the information centre is a lovely building:
On a personal note, I am struggling with the Wikicamps app, which Adam would like me to be regularly using. Ugh. I do not find it intuitive.
The trip so far has not been without it’s arguments, as I am a self-proclaimed princess (I am leaving any “bathroom situations” off the blog!), and Adam is very particular about MOST things. (The fact that tea towels seem to be rapidly accumulating in the campervan has him particularly out of sorts at the moment.)
Princess me has allowed myself the luxury of my Soda Stream, so I am happily with sparkling water for the journey. (Adam’s luxury is his extra large monitor for work.)
Night two at the campsite is much better. We got a beautiful pink and orange sunset and cooked our first proper meal on the camp stove (lamb chops, salad, and yes, wine).
I did some wine study (up to Austria – appropriate, given we were drinking an Austrian Grüner Veltliner).
On to White Cliffs tomorrow – at least that’s the plan for now.