At American River

Suzanne, the 2 standard  poodles and I,   spent several  days at American River on Kangaroo Island with Suzanne’s sister, (Barbara Heath) and her husband (Malcolm Enright) who had flown down from Brisbane.

The days on the island  were gentle,  balmy  late autumn ones.  A storm hit the island  just  as  I was leaving on the late Sealink ferry on Wednesday evening.

erosion, Redbanks

On Saturday    I arrived on the island   on Saturday   on the 10am  ferry from Cape Jervis   with the  poodles to  open up the cottage.   That early morning arrival  gave me time to go  exploring American River with the poodles.  I  started with places that I was familiar with from previous trips.  The last trip with friends was 4 years ago in 2014, whilst the last photo trip was in 2013.  Redbanks was one of these familiar places. Unfortunately,   this time,  the tide was high and it was very windy on Backstairs Passage.  So we went back to the American River village  and walked along the foreshore of the lagoon towards Ballast Head.    This  was  protected from the gusty south-westerly  winds.

tree, foreshore, American River

American River was quite busy. Chinese tourists were having lunch at the Oyster Farm shop, people were fishing along the foreshore and in boats,  others were at the Deck Cafe whilst there were a  number of  camper vans parked in the camping ground.

Clearly, American River is  being discovered by tourists.  There were new tennis courts, the Independence schooner was being rebuilt,     there was a new general store, newly built  holiday houses, and new seats on the foreshore.  The  proposed  new ferry service,  which   is  just around the corner,  is based at American River.  This holiday village is  no longer the sleepy hollow it was in 2014.

American River

Suzanne,  Barbara and Malcolm  arrived around 6pm and our   brief  holiday with Suzanne’s family started.