Before I begin this blog post – I would like to print a retraction as I’ve been advised that my calculations of distance between Mandurah and Broome was grossly overstated. It is actually 2427kms rather than the “a few clicks under 3000kms”. So, I stand corrected.
As you were……
97kms north of Geraldton is the little tiny coastal fishing town of Port Gregory. When I say tiny, there are approximately 50 houses, a caravan park and a general story.
It sits snugly between the ocean – a beautiful beach; lined and protected by a long line of reef
and a massive pink lake
Why is it pink? I hear you all ask……
It is pink due to a bacteria trapped in the salt granules which apparently provides a rich sauce of beta carotene….. I’ve had to google this – Thanks medicalnewstoday.com – (Don’t tell me you don’t learn anything on this blog!)
Beta-carotene is a red-orange pigment found in plants and fruits, especially carrots and colorful vegetables.
The name beta-carotene comes from the Greek “beta” and Latin “carota” (carrot). It is the yellow/orange pigment that gives vegetables and fruits their rich colors. H. Wachenroder crystallized beta-carotene from carrot roots in 1831, and came up with the name “carotene”.
Beta-carotene’s chemical formula – C40H56 – was discovered in 1907.
The human body converts beta-carotene into vitamin A (retinol) – beta-carotene is a precursor of vitamin A. We need vitamin A for healthy skin and mucus membranes, our immune system, and good eye health and vision.
Beta-carotene in itself is not an essential nutrient, but vitamin A is.
Fast facts on beta-carotene
Here are some key points about beta-carotene. More detail and supporting information is in the main article.
- Beta-carotene is a red/orange pigment found in many fresh fruits and vegetables
- Beta-carotene is converted into vitamin A, an essential vitamin
- Vitamin A is toxic at high levels
- Beta-carotene is a carotenoid and an antioxidant
- Foods rich in vitamin A include onions, carrots, peas, spinach and squash
- One study showed that smokers with high beta-carotene intake might have an increased risk of lung cancer
- Some evidence suggests that beta-carotene might slow cognitive decline
- Beta-carotene supplements interact with certain drugs, including statins and mineral oil
- Beta-carotene might help older people retain their lung strength as they age.
Anyway….. I digress. Port Gregory is another place that holds memories for me as a kiddie. We used to go up there with family friends; go fishing, catch crayfish, dive for abalone, drive along the beach with all the kids sitting (unrestrained) hanging off the back of the 4WD and fang around in beach buggies – this was in the days when fun wasn’t considered dangerous or illegal and you could go off exploring without fear of…. well anything!
Some places and events I remember straight out, but some I have to rely on old photos to put me back in that place. As we drove out of Geraldton and headed north, Col and Jen regaled me with many a story of camping and fishing trips that we had taken over the years – most when I was too young to remember. Seriously, how we all survived is quite beyond me!
Now…. On to Kalbarri