This afternoon we made our last trip over to Monkey Mia. Like a couple of well laden pack horses we made our way along the northern stretch of beach with children, eskies, fishing rods and towels in our arms. It was so worth the trek. We had the beach entirely to ourselves the majority of the time we were there and as the tide went out it revealed a sand bar winding out into the ocean, like a magic pathway filled with shallow pools.
As the children played in the warm shallows we heard the sound of dolphins and there was a pod of six dolphins about five meters away from us. Pure magic! Fish were leaping from the water and we even got to see a sting ray and a Dugong. My one and only attempt at fishing saw me catch a shark (just a baby) and I was quite happy when he released himself from my line. He was very obliging and hung around for a photo.
As the afternoon grew late the ocean blended with the sky and it was hard to see the horizon. It was one of those perfect moments in life. Calm, quiet and just us and our babies enjoying this amazing part of the world. It was such a gift!