Rottnest Island

On Superbowl Sunday (that’s a Monday for Australia), I took the ferry out to Rottnest Island – which was playing the game! – and rented a bike to roam around the island.

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The outer edges of the island are gorgeous sandy beaches, with plenty of sunshine and beautiful blue skies.

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And on the inside are large salt lakes with sea foam on the rock beaches.

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The island is populated by marsupials known as quokkas.  They’re supposed to be nocturnal but they were certainly active all day I was there!

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They’re incredibly adorable and inquisitive.

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After lunch, I was exhausted, so I sat under a tree to nap and this little dudette woke me up by jumping into my lap and trying to steal my food.  I had to literally wrestle it back from her!

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Someone finally convinced her to eat quokka food instead of people food.

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This was right in front of my nap spot – I spent most of the afternoon just lazing under the tree, listening to a podcast.

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When I took the ferry back to Fremont, my (engineer) friend Iain came to pick me up by a tunnel he suggested I visit – it turns out there was a huge art installation in front of it! (That’s Iain’s truck turning down the road.)

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