Road Tripping to Picturesque Shores.

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My eldest, Angel, turned 18 this year and her favourite things to do are go on road trips and to the beach. So what better than to combine them with a mini road trip to a couple of beaches south of Adelaide. Our final was Morgans Beach, with a visit to Second Valley on the way.

”Road trippin’ with my two favorite allies. Fully loaded we got snacks and supplies.”

First stop was for snacks and supplies, Angel's pick. On the way back to the car I caught my sandal and the front part of the sole came off and started flapping around. Not great for driving with, so back home to glue it, change shoes and we were off again.

I set out with just a quarter of a tank of petrol, so by the time we reached Yankalilla we were looking our for somewhere to refuel. In Normanville we finally spotted a petrol station and pulled in. Country towns are nearly always much friendlier than the metropolitan areas and the lady at the counter standing under a sign which proclaimed “food” had a little laugh at my lost look as tried to figure out where to pay for fuel. It was right there, apparently. People fuel and car fuel, the same thing!?

From the refuel stop it wasn't long before we were at Second Valley's beach; down a road which ended in a carpark. Next to the carpark as you approach the shore are benches and a picnic table.

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From there you can go down to a sand beach on the right as you face the sea. It looks like high tide will cover most of the sand, so sandcastle building should probably be done at low tide. It's really a picturesque, rather than a relaxing by the shore kind of beach.

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We gave the sand a miss and instead went to the left along a boardwalk which lead to the jetty.

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From there you could take a path down onto the rocks and around to the next beach/cove.

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The sea was relatively calm and a beautiful blue/green where you could see down to the sand.

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The next cove along was a single beach which clinked as we walked over them.

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The rock faces which framed the shoreline had layers and swirls of rust and gold weaving through them and patches of quartz.

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After the girls completed a little photo shoot we visited the toilet facilities and set out on the next leg of the trip. Morgans Beach isn't far from Cape Jervis where the ferry leaves for Kangaroo island and on clear days you may be able to make out the island from the cliffs.

The satnav directed us down the road that leads directly to the beach. It's a beach you can drive on, as it's rocky underneath the sand. I could probably have even taken my two wheel drive car onto it, but the approach was a dirt, gravel road which dropped off quite steeply and I didn't like my chances of getting back up there. So we turned around and took the higher road to the lookout.

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The view was amazing and when we stepped out of the car we were hit by strong winds. It's no surprise that the nearby hillside has wind turbines making the most of the winds. It had been a fairly long stretch of road between the beach road and the lookout, so we looked around for a path nearby to take us down. There was one leading from the parking area and something that looked promising going down a hill, rather than the cliff. So after some snacks in the car we headed down towards the beach.

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From the path along the top, we couldn't actually find another branching off down to the sand, so we cautiously made our way down the slope the most accessible way we could, aiming for what looked like the path further down. Half way down we discovered that the path was in fact a creek bed carved out by storm runoffs and not something we wanted to be trying to walk in!

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My daughters were in flip-flops (thongs, jandals) so they were struggling a bit more than me. At this point I was grateful for my sandals breaking and coercing me into changing into shoes. Don't worry, we all made it to the bottom in one piece.

If we thought Second Valley's beach was pretty, Morgans is stunning. It's a sand and rock beach, so the best of everything for recreation and relaxation. The cliffs protect it from the worst of the winds, so we were warm again after the blasting we got at the top.

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The tallest sand bank offered an irresistible challenge and we had some races to the top. It’s like those dreams where you're running, but staying in the same place, but we reached the top eventually, then rolled back down. This didn't faze my gymnast daughters, but made me so dizzy I had to lie down for a minute or risk losing my lunch!

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After a bit of splashing in the shallows and relaxing in the warm, rather than scorching, sun, we headed back up the hill to the car to find a place to have dinner.

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Very nice! Love the photos and the idea of rolling down the hillside - enjoyed doing that as a kid :)

The gold on the rocks (esp in the second of the three photos) looks to me very much the colour on some Australian sports uniforms (eg cricket).

Looks like RTB might've been at the forge and not with you guys :(

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Australia's colours are green and gold, so many of the athlete uniforms are that colour when they're representing the country.

Yes, Shaun was working, but I don't think he'd have wanted to join us anyway unless we were going to a good fishing spot. :D The girls want to do different things now.

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That's a fair drive, but well worth it. A potential spot for the Christmas party is down in Normanville. Plenty of daytrip options for taking scenic shots.

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It could be a Christmas party combined wellness camp! I find the sea so therapeutic. It's no wonder surfers are all so laid back. It's either that or the weed. 🤔

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Might I express my envy of your beautiful beaches once more? Just for effect? :))

Gorgeous, really. If I lived there, I'd be on them every weekend :))

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When we first arrived in Australia, hubby would finish work and often we'd head out to the beach with a picnic. We don't live as close to the sea as we did, though.

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Great spots, and that is a ton of driving! Those wind turbines are rather striking. I hadn't been to Cape Jervis since I was about ... 6? And going back there last year, or a year before (can't remember exactly when) - it really amazed me how much pretty magic is in our own neighbourhood.

The forests around that area (when you're more inland) are amazing, and the trip down the fluerieu way is so picturesque you think you're in New Zealand!

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Izzy was originally suggesting shell beach on the York peninsula, which would have been even more driving!

I've only been down that way once before for the ferry, so we haven't had a look around inland. Danclarke suggested Morgans and Angel had been wanting to see Second Valley, which turned out to be on the way. Sounds like we have more exploring to do that way. Its funny, really, because we were pointed towards the Riverland towns when we first came here, but they started to all look the same after a couple. There's much more variety assertions Adelaide and the hills.

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Those particular beaches remind me of home with all their rocks XD

This is all legit except for calling thongs jandels... 🤣

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I was trying to be inclusive. It's not my fault all these southern English speaking people have strange names for flip flops!

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Yeah I get it...It's bloody confusing isn't it!? 😆

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Nice post - but being in Aussie I was expecting roos and crocs!

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Wrong side of Aussie for salties and the roos were probably snoozing for the day. Maybe we should be out at dusk for you next time. See if we get some on the roads!

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Snakes then - huge ones!

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It's getting a bit cold for snakes now. Come to think of it, it's a good job as scrambling down through the brush in high summer could have been a bit dodgy otherwise. 🐍

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Cold? - you don't do cold in Aussie!

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By our standards we do. I've heard Victoria even gets snow on their mountains and Tassie gets it all over. I have yet to confirm it, however, so it could all be conspiracy theory.

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Wow, you’re angel is now a grown up. I love going to beaches too. This pictures are very inviting, life is good with these kinds of natural blessings.

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I feel blessed that we have this beauty to share on special occasions. Life is so fleeting, we must create the best memories we can.

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Hey, @minismallholding.

Ah, road trips. Especially along the coast in between beaches. I've done that here, in Oregon quite a few times, some in California and Hawaii, and a couple of times in Mexico. Never gets old. :)

I don't know how thrilled anyone else is as were driving around, but for me, it's just a great experience to see what's around me, especially if it's more of nature and less of the city. Just thinking about how long all of the land and the beach has existed in its current form, and what it would have been like before that.

I'm fine with some development, so it's not so much that as it is the adventure of discovery when its places I've never been, and the promise of peace and solitude when I have.

These all look like lovely spots, and it sounds to me like everyone had a good time. I don't think I would have tried the rolling down hill, though. :)