This morning started with a few peanut butter sandwiches and some tea as the sea breeze drifted through the trees to our campsite. After finishing breakfast, we grabbed our boards and went out to surf. Walking to the rock, there were perfect clear blue skies and plenty of sun. We could see stingrays in the transparent waves and pelicans skim above the waterline. When we finally got to Witches Rock we checked the estuary for crocs like usual then walked back down to the water. The waves were small and choppy in the low tide and we decided today was the day to paddle to the rock which was only about 300 meters from the shore. Zach and I walked into the water and started paddling until we reached the iconic monolith. We paddled completely around and into one of the caves on the side, bats could be heard through the darkness, higher in the cave. After looking around and finally touching the rock that was made a classic by the second Endless Summer movie, we paddled back to the waves. By this time, the wind had changed and the tide had come up farther to make the waves better. It was a fun day, with about 3-4 ft waves and we surfed for a few hours before heading back to our campsite for lunch.
On this day, lunch consisted of more peanut butter sandwiches and tea, same as breakfast. Once finished eating, we walked on to the lagoon to check for crocs. This time, we scored! As we walked up we saw the 10 ft croc that had most likely made the tracks we had seen the other day. He was basking on the bank, taking the afternoon sun in. Looking further, we could see yet another smaller croc in the water. It was awesome and we watched the reptiles for about 10 minutes before the big one slid into the water and glided away. We then walked to other trails around the lagoon in search of snakes and crocs, but with no luck.
By the time we finished looking for crocs the sun had set and we were ready to eat again. We fixed a big bowl of pasta and ate it with the sounds of the animals all around. After finishing dinner we got ready for another nights sleep, hopping it would be fairly mosquito free and there would be good waves in the morning.
We had another great night in the forest we awoke with a breakfast of peanut butter sandwiches and headed to the rock for an A.M. surf sesh. After walking the 3 kilometers to the rock, we found the waves were really fun! With sections lining up for fun little rides. We had a great time, catching wave after wave until we noticed large black clouds getting closer and closer. This was NOT good with only hammocks and a tent that had holes in it! We caught a few more waves then headed back to the camp to see what we could do to keep our food, clothes, and hammocks dry. Unfortunately, the best we could do was to put a poncho in the place of the tent flap; which, as we started feeling the raindrops become heavier and more steady, we hoped it would work. We both crawled into the tent as the storm worsened; rain and wind whipped the tent and thunder sounded above. Within minutes rain had leaked into the sides and we had to move all our food and clothes to the center of our small tent. It was obvious this was not going to be a comfortable few hours with the tent functioning as a sauna making us sweat uncontrollably in the damp, steamy interior. However, there was not much to do but wait it out, promising over and over again this would be the last night here.
Finally, the rain stopped and we crawled out under the grey clouds overhead. The rain was over, but it was still a very dark, wet day ahead. We then walked over to the lagoon to see if there were any crocs with the darker skies and recent rain, but saw none. This took us to diner time and we cooked up some pasta before heading to bed. Tomorrow, was the day we promised we would walk out.