|6 July 2008 - Berri - Renmark & rtn (not towing)|
A fair amount of rain fell on the van overnight. We went to 9:00 o'clock mass in Berri then went to Renmark to the new
shopping centre on the edge of town. We were a bit early for many of the smaller shops but Woolworths, Big W and a coffee
shop were open. After a long visit to Big W looking at possible additions to the caravan we went into Renmark for a look
around. We called in at the Visitor Centre a few minutes before the paddle-steamer Industry left on a tourist trip
along the Murray but we chose not to go. Industry entered service in 1911 as a snag boat using a long boom over the
bow to lift snags out of the river before they could interfere with river traffic.
||Paddle Steamer Industry at Renmark.|
||Pelican perched in a tree. This large bird in a tree looks unusual; local folklore says that pelicans perching in trees is a sign of imminent flood but nobody is worried this time.|
After looking at a little more of Renmark we returned to Berri and I extended our stay by another day. Late in the
afternoon half a dozen pelicans were perched in gum trees along the river; such big birds perched in trees looked unusual
indeed. Locals said pelicans perched
in trees is a sign of impending floods but they didn't seem too worried. The sky had cleared around early afternoon but
cloud returned about sunset and light rain fell early in the evening.