Portland Convention Hotel
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We left Silver Creek around 4pm and had an easy hour and a half drive with nice scenic views along the way.
Stopped off at a local supermarket just around the corner from our RV park, to stock up on some groceries. I could not believe that I could still not find a drying up cloth / dish towel, it was really weird and this was the 3rd stop and they were no where to be seen. I started to wonder if they even use dish towels in the ...
... sipping noodle soup, or casually chewing on a chickens foot and there is so much going on sometimes it’s hard to take it all in.
When we approached the entrance to the building we were immediately swarmed by touts trying to sell us an alternative room, the funny thing was that these guys were from India or Pakistan, and not Chinese, so must be working as sales agents for the hostel owners. The plucky Chinese had outsourced the dirty jobs to another country with a ...
... 1. Biggest Rainfall on Jan 17 since 1976.....what for it...noting it rained all night and all day....
1.8 inches (45 mm)
2. Highest Temp on Jan 17 since 1975...59F (or 15C).
Given that Cairns received over 700mm in the four days before I left (4-8 Jan), I don't think 45 mm really 'rates' but by Portland's standards, it's a RECORD!!
With that being said, I summonsed up the courage to brave the wet conditions ...
... of the facility, I have to walk way down to the back end punch in the security codes and then walk all the way back down to the front end again ...
... his fingers to his lips and then to my foot. So unexpected and yet so touching. When I see the children I remember why I am here and feel so fortunate to have this experience. Weather so far is bearable, actually very pleasant in the mornings and evenings. Not too many bugs. Lots of birds waking you in the early am. Not too different from Portland.