May 28

Group at Snake Lagoon

Go Green, Go White!!! Group photo on the beach at Snake Lagoon.

 Today was a productive day wakening up around 8:00 am to have some breakfast with Flick for which she made some “frog in a bog,” an Australian saying for egg in toast.  

Soon after breakfast, we got on the bus to meet up with Becky a Park Ranger at Flinders Chase National Park. She told us about how she and the other staff sustained the park’s well-being by managing guests and the ecosystems.  The park took a devastating blow in a massive fire that occurred in 2007, causing the Park to close down roads and most of its hiking trails to the public.  As a result, Becky a perfect example of the water cycle purifying its self naturally and then  going straight to the Southern Ocean.   This was a breath-taking site  I did not want to leave.  OH BOY!!  We then had to hike back to the bus so we could start on making lunch.  We all took  part on preparing the Dish. Which we had Chicken fajita tacos.  It was amazing !!  

 We packed everything up and rode the bus toward our next destination: Andermel Marron Farm, which was an hour and half away.  Bernie, the manger, gave us a tour of his freshwater crawfish operation and a good example of a sustainable agriculture. program  He explained how he reuses the rain water to maintain his farms.  This water cycle is unique  because none is dumped out to the streams or rivers; it is basically cleaned then used towards his native plant gardens, including lemon myrtle. (which has 200 other uses including wine and liquor).

He also has a Cafe where he sells his wine, sauces, and marron.  This operation is sustainable in the sense of social and economic aspects.  He can produce a local product with renewable resources that helps provide for himself and the local community via tourism. Soon after the tour he gave of us a sample of his fresh water crawfish and a little wine to go with it. 

Then we got back on the bus and went on our next site the Island Beehive Organic Honey tour.  We learned that it is the oldest bee sanctuary in Australia, open since 1894.  This farm only produces organic honey from native trees and won best organic honey in 2005.  They have upgraded to new technologies to keep up with the growing demand of his product.  We learned some ways he sustains the well being of his business, which includes working with his community, mentoring young people, having high standards, and treating his employees well.  Staying isolated from other bees is also a must to prevent any diseases.  Before leaving, we tried some of the honey.

 Before our departure from Kangaroo Island we stopped and got some fish and chips, which was amazing if you ask me. Overall, we had a long but educating day.  The bus ride was long but entertaining (ladies) showing off their Backstreet Boys moves.  We saw some great views in the Snake Lagoon Hike and learned more sustainable methods that Australia had to offer.  G’day Mate.  

Breakfast 

  

Snake Lagoon After a long hike the ladies at the beach.

  

Cooking Lunch Oh Boy!!! Look what’s for Lunch Chicken Fajita Tacos.
Marron Farm.

Sarah, Jessica, and Anna at the Marron Farm showing some love.

–Juan

Responses

  1. Looking forward to all your updates, it is very interesting for us stay-at-homers. Our weather here has been beautiful, mid 80’s. Love you, Sarah!

  2. What is a Footie match?

    • Aussie Rules Football – different from Rugby. Quite entertaining and the match we saw was played in a downpour and standing water on the field.

  3. So looking forward to photos and stories from the Cape Borda Lighthouse!

  4. Adding to the honeybee information, I learned in a class at MSU about Colony collapse disorder, and I learned we did not know what was causing all the bees to die. I found it interesting to hear the beekeepers explanation. He believed it is because of the chemicals in all of our agriculture and we aren’t consciences enough with what we are adding to our soil. He also said it is not a problem there at all, which I was also shocked to hear because I was under the impression it was a worldwide phenomenon.

  5. Have been following the blog each day. We really like reading the details of each day and it is amazing to see what all of you are learning and the importance of taking care of the earth we are living in. The pictures are fabulous and great seeing all the smiling faces.
    Especially Michelle 🙂
    Continue to look forward to the daily updates.

    Love You Michelle
    Mom and Dad

    XO

  6. Hi Grandma!
    As you can see in the above picture, I was quite interested in the marron! Luke explained the “footie match” pretty well and I sent u a message on facebook explaining it also :).
    One of the other facts I found to be quite interesting was the importance of Kangaroo Island being isolated. Because the distance from the mainland is so far, it prevents Australian bees from flying to Kangaroo Island allowing the bees there to remain the same breed. There are strict rules as to what you can bring to the island, to prevent plants, animals and bacteria from other locations changing the native ecosystem. Some of the items you cannot bring to the island include: honey, fruit, any kind of seed, wild animals and basically any type of non-processed food.
    Love you lots! xoxo~ Sarah

  7. The honey farm was a really good example of agricultural sustainability. A lot of us were interested to hear how the drought was effecting his operation and how he was working to provide the bees with the water they require to make honey. He told us that in times of very dry weather he is actually required to put drums of water out in the fields within a close radius to the hive so they can gather the water that is not being found in nature. It was a very informative tour!

  8. To add to Juan’s blog post, when we hiked down to Snake Lagoon (has nothing to do with snakes so don’t worry Moms) it was remarkably beautiful as you can see from the group photo in Juan’s post. Myself as well as most of our group were almost seduced by the beauty of the opening of the river into the ocean and wanted to swim. After talking to Flick (Our awesome guide and driver) she said that no matter how many times she does the hike it always is a huge temptation to swim but it is something that you definitely shouldn’t do. The reason was because there can be up to five rips going in all different directions because of the small rock enclosed estuary, which would have potential to toss people around like a rag doll. She said even if you are only up to your knees it can still knock you over and pull you out to sea. After hearing that it was a pretty obvious decision to just sit tight on the shore and take in all the extravagant views and snag a few pictures while we were at it.
    Hope everything is well at home with everyone,
    Rudy

  9. After spending time with our tour guides at both Andermel Marron Farm and the Island Organic Beehive, I realize that water is extremely important in order for these businesses to run efficently… or at all. There is seven hectares of water at the marron farm in order to house the thousands of crayfish. John, our guide, explained that they do not use river or bowl water because it is too expensive and carries upstream pollution. They do use recycled water that is brought to dams and diesel pumps. At the beehive, our wonderful guide Peter informed the group that water is a key ingredient for producing honey. The closer the bees are to water, the more work they will do which, of course, produces more honey. Island Organic Beehive gets all of it’s water from streams and reuses it as well. One of the many interesting facts that Peter told us was that while the average bee produces 1 teaspoon of honey during it’s lifetime, a bee with water produces 4 teaspoons during its lifetime!

    We miss you family and friends! It’s really exciting to see you guys comment on our blog pages!! You guys are awesome– WE LOVE YOU!!!

  10. The Snake Lagoon hike was definitely one of the coolest things that we have done on our trip. It was great hiking for a while in the mist with no idea what we were going to see at the end. Juan and Flick made great fajitas for lunch and it was a team effort on the guacamole and the rest of the meal.

    I really liked going to the marron farm as well. That was the freshest seafood I have had in a while and the sauces and wines that they make at the farm were excellent. It was also cool to get a tour of the organic beehive and learn about all of the different forms and uses of honey.

    Mark

  11. This was a really cool day for me just because I had to tell the group what to do and keep them in check (LOL). It was amazing having the Snake Lagoon hike. One intresting fact is that everywhere we went we had to clean after our selves. We couldn’t leave any trash anywhere because there was no bins to throw them away. So people are really conservative about the land. We all had a part on cleaning after eachother, we all worked together.


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