Nick's dad and step-mum, Scott and Jenice, arrive early December and we are trying, via skype conversations, to persuade them that they do not need to go to see the Pinnacles (below).
Whoever works for WA Tourism and has had the Pinnacles to promote has done a cracking job, second only to whoever has promoted Wave Rock (below).
Hundreds of overseas visitors planning their trips must read fascinating, flowing, glowing praise of the Pinnacles and decide they simply have to go there.
So the poor things head off through the sandy wastes north of Perth, full of happy anticipation, only to be confronted by the world's most boring and desolate tourist spectacle.
And when you think that this is what Nick's dad does for a living (that's him on the right in the orange, 50m up a giant redwood) ...
... wouldn't you try to save him?