running long (Marion Bay) 1:32:00 
shoes: Asics Nimbus 21
Marion Bay is very much the gateway to Innes National Park, so it made perfect sense to go for a run in the national park this morning - to Stenhouse Bay, which is about 5km via the main road and more like 7km by the Walk The Yorke trail which basically takes a fire trail/parks service road so was fairly easy going, with amazing coastal views and plenty of emu sightings (one family had 9 chicks). At beautiful Stenhouse Bay I headed down to the jetty (originally built for the gypsum works at nearby Inneston/Marion Lake) then did a lap of the campground in a futile search for water (long drop toilets only) before heading back, but the roadway was glittering in the sunlight and I kept stopping to pick up and marvel at gypsum crystals used as road base, so came back to the cabin with a handful of 'geological specimens'.
When we headed back to Stenhouse Bay with parents later in the morning, the water was even bluer and in fact it was a perfect day for exploring the national park: lighthouses and shipwrecks and beaches, oh my! I haven't been down this way since the 1996 SA Champs rogaine, and had managed to bring the original map from that event with me so this added interest to the day's explorations - but I think it would be just too physically tough and scrubby an area to traverse these days, even if national parks would give us permission to traipse across the sand dunes. As it was, my main memory of the 1996 event is of a bunch of us fighting our way through ti-tree going in circles trying to find a salt pan, and in the end someone from another team climbed a tree in the hope of catching a glimpse of the lake!