Erin, Jake and Hamish left today, so the morning was all about the pack up and getting them off safely and on time. Colin and I had planned to spend the afternoon packing up camp and then head off to Denmark tomorrow. The day did not go as planned, to say the least.
The Cunnninghams did get packed up in time and headed off to the airport. We had confirmation that the drive went well and they throroughly enjoyed a long hot shower in the Qantas lounge after the short bush showers for the week in Jarrahdene. Amazing how you appreciate the luxury of the little things that you usually take for granted. Haim did really well on the drive and the flight and they made it home safely, so that was great.
Col and I started the pack up at camp. After a while Col let me know that he couldn’t find the Annex which is kept in a silver bag about 1m x 80cm. It holds the Caravan Annex sides which we had custom made in preparation for this journey and cost over $4,000 to have made as we wanted it. It was only a few months old and we loved it!!!!!!!!!!!!! So we both went into search the camp mode for the Annex, but slowly came to the realisation that it was not there. We then went over the steps of when we saw it last etc to try and work out what had happened. To the best of our knowledge, this is how it played out.
We arrived at Jarrahdene on Monday 5th March and met the Cunninghams at camp. Erin, Jake, Haim and I took the Cunningham car into Margaret River to do some shopping while Col stayed back at camp to set up the tent. On top of Col’s car is the Fish Cleaning table with the Annex on top of it and the tent on top of that. Col got the tent down and set it up for the Cunninghams. The ground was too hard to hammer or drill in tent pegs, so he decided not to put up the Annex as he couldn’t peg it down. The following day we had a full day of driving to Hamelin Bay, Augusta and 4WD tracks along Cave Road. This was the day that the fish cleaning table flew off the top of the car. We now realise that the Annex would have been sitting on top of it. So at some point that day, the 6th March, the Annex flew off the top of the car.
Col and I jumped in the car and retraced our steps from the 6th March. We drove until it got dark but with no luck. The Annex was nowhere to be seen.
We are feeling devastated about it. We seriously love this Annex and have spent alot of money and time to get the exact custom made one that we wanted. We called the police and raised a Police Report but nothing has been turned in yet. We are going to stay another day in Jarrahdene tomorrow to drive around and see if we can find it. So stressful