Albany Travel Guide
We already knew that Southwest Airlines had a thing for flying animals around the country because, after all, they were the ones doing their best to create a modern day pegasus. Now that the pony is safely back on the ground the carrier is turning their attention to other animals, but this time the critter in question is a little bit smaller.
Butterflies—as their name implies—usually don’t have a problem taking to the skies, but unfortunately one monarch butterfly kind of missed the message about needing to head south for the winter. Thankfully that’s no longer a problem, as Southwest is coming to the rescue to lend its wings to the little bugger.
Are you ready for some football?! There’s still a few months before the first official kickoff, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t time for a sneak peek. Training camps are set to do their thing later this month, so if you’ve always wanted to check out the scrimmages and practices now’s the time to start planning:
The New York Giants are of course still a threat to win it all, after winning the big game earlier in 2012. Eli Manning and his crew have a long road ahead of them if they think that they can easily make it two in a row, but of course they’re probably up for the challenge.
There’s always a couple tricky games against the usual foes like the Eagles and the Cowboys, but we wouldn’t be surprised to see the Giants start strong and play well into 2013.
We’ve mentioned Middleton Beach before when a shark-attack victim chuckled about poking the shark’s eye to get away. Checking it out in person recently, we could definitely see the attraction for a shark with the gray, stormy weather that sometimes haunts the beach’s home, Albany. Not to mention the tasty-looking boys with boards.
But there’s more than just a beach-without-a-shark-net to Middleton Beach: There’s also a boardwalk that takes you from the sand up around the cliff face, with possible whale-sightings at the right season, and eventually down into Albany’s main street. The wooden boardwalk was constructed by local Aboriginal people and it’s got a few interesting historical side notes.
And once you walk up further from the beach, you’ll also get a good view down on any shark attacks. Much more exciting than just having a swim.
· Albany Visitor Centre [Official Site]
· Killer Beaches 2008: Australia’s Latest Shark Attack [Jaunted]
· Western Australia Travel coverage [Jaunted]
We’re starting to get the feeling that the tourist authorities in southwest Australia are trying to kill us. Climbing the Gloucester Tree looked perilous enough but head further south to Albany and you might get swept off the rocks by a giant wave.
On a coastal peninsula a half-hour out of the town of Albany, there are mighty cliffs and incredible ocean views to be had, and our favorite is the Natural Bridge. It sure looks tempting to try to cross or at least get further out onto the cliffs for a better photo angle, and there’s nothing to stop you.
But there are a few warning signs, and then there’s the local knowledge: Tourists get swept off here regularly by suddenly large waves, either while attempting to get a good view or trying to catch a fish!
Our advice: Go for this photo angle yourselves (there’s a protective fence to help you out) and send your friend out further for the extreme angles.