A few people were out and about as we made our way through the park and along a gravel road lined with lakefront cottages. A huge highlight was watching a Western Tiger Salamander walk slowly across the road in front of us and then curl into a defensive position in the grass when we approached. It must have been more than 6 inches long, and looked like a small dragon crossing the road from a distance!
About 5 km west of Melville we could spot its tall blue water tower on the horizon, and we passed an impressive looking Emergency Services Training Site. There was a tower for firefighters to practice putting out fires and effecting rescues, as well as a variety of other training equipment.