Are the Powerful Owls What They Seem?
but unfortunately I didn't spot any.
I vowed I would return one day soon and do the walk again in a bid to spot one and I got my chance to do this on my three week road trip to Tasmania and back by making Port Macquarie my first over night stop.
I stayed in a motel in the city centre so I could walk around town and have a drink or two without worrying about driving afterwards.
On the wall of my motel was this picture of an owl (not a powerful owl though) which I thought was rather cool, so I snapped a picture with my iPod on the way out for my night on the town, which involved seeing the movie 'The Conjuring 2'
(notice the trailer at the movie's IMDB site goes for 2:37 minutes?-)
at a packed local cinema.
Number 237 would show up in a few bizarre places on my road-trip, as well.
|Heading to Eden from Lakes Entrance I find it is 237 km away.|
|I ain't afraid of no ghost?|
Port Arthur in a weeks time and ran into this movie promo cardboard cutout in the foyer, pictured above, to the new Ghostbusters movie coming soon to cinemas.
I quite liked 'The Conjuring 2', even though it was a bit over the top in Hollywood movie-making ways, but I found the bones of the story quite interesting and thought it was money well spent for a night out at the movies.
Little did I know at the time that parallels in this story would come back to haunt my own travels, so to speak, in a few weeks time.
|My breakfast choice at the Sea Acres cafe.|
|The owl's nesting area was closed off after a tree-fall on the track.|
Part of the track was closed on the day and admission was only $4, instead of $8, which meant instead of walking a loop you had to turn back a the closure and walk back the same way you had come.
It was a nice relaxing walk with plenty of other bird-life to see, and/or listen to, but no owls unfortunately.
In hindsight I thought it was synchy that I was reading the late Lyall Watson book, 'Dark Nature', that had a snake and an apple on the cover and that the first town on my road trip would have a snakeskin and a town on the last day of my road trip would have a big apple.
|The snakeskin you see when you do the owl walk circut at Sea Acres N P.|
|The big apple in the town of Stanthorpe, Queensland, Australia.|
Road Trip #2
I was nearly killed in a fatal smash outside Gosford on my way down to Cronulla, which is just outside of Sydney.
I came to a stop a few feet behind a large bus when we all stopped suddenly and a four wheel drive like the one pictured below almost ran up my rear at 110km an hour, it only swerved at the last moment into the vacant lane beside me.
|I nearly got slammed into the back of a bus because of this accident.|
|A crow greets me as I walk into the Cronulla Leagues Club.|
I found it strange that before I stepped into my car I saw the bird above before the road accident and when I stepped out of my car after the crash I was met by the crow.
What Do Owls Have to Crow About?-)
UPDATE: October 17th, 2016.
I saw, but failed to capture in an image, a crow fly across the sky over the Olympic stadium just before the fireworks started before the 2016 grand final between the Sharks and the Storm.
|The sky just above the Olympic stadium before the game started|
|The Sharks with their first ever grand final trophy won in 2016. Something to crow about, I think.|
|The Sharks 2016 grand final trophy sitting in the entrance to the club, not far away from where the crow was above|