Half way refuge.....

Trip Start Jan 02, 2013
Trip End Mar 23, 2013

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Saturday, February 23, 2013

We're now loosely half way (not quite!) into the Australia leg of my trip and have arrived at our planned mid-trip refuge where we plan to spend a week doing laundry, drying out tents, showering regularly and sleeping in proper beds.

We have booked into the Golden Shores Holiday Club resort through the timeshare and it's spot on. We have a nice apartment with a balcony overlooking Broadwater which is equipped with everything we need to achieve our planned itinerary.

Jane's son Rob and his partner Louise came for a barbeque on Sunday when Rob wound Chloe up with tales of sharks, spiders, snakes and drop bears. (Search Google images for Australian drop bears - enjoy!) and on Monday we've headed to Wet'n'Wild for a fun filled morning of very wet, very high rides. So far, we've thankfully avoided Surfers Paradise which is just South of us as it looks a little too "commercial" for our tastes..

Addendum - Tuesday 26/02/13

Right, we've now had three nights whan we've not had to erect or strike our tents and that in itself has contributed to a bit of a "chilled" feeling. Helen announced yesterday, after two full days here, that she really didn't want to go back to camping! On the local news this morning, they're telling us that there are new floods somewhere North of Brisbane and the seven day forecast continues to show rain and lightning throughout! We've decided that when the end of our week here arrives, we'll head North as fast as we can (not very with three and luggage up in a twenty year old Hyundai with 300,000 kilometres on the clock) until we reach the sunny blue skies that we've seen on the radar pictures. We may be in Cairns by Sunday!!! Or possibly not....

But, we're having a great time here and there are a few observations and additions that I need to make.

1. When we went kayaking on Broadwater on Saturday, after I'd had enough of battling the onshore winds, I drifted back to the beach and sat on my kayak while the rest of the team wore themselves out. I occupied myself by watching a guy try to teach an old fellow to kitesurf. Well, I have to say that it reminded me very much of my surf instructor in Woolacombe trying to get me upright on a surfboard (without a sail attached!). There wasn't a cat in hell's chance that this fellow was ever going to catch the wind. I'm pretty sure that it was the instructor that called a halt to the farce shortly after the pupil did something terminal to the rigging which necessitated about fifteen minutes of repair work... Incidentally, this kayaking session was before Rob wound up Chloe about the brown sharks in Broadwater. I'm fairly confident Chloe won't be kayaking again...

2. We went into Surfer's Paradise for a bite of lunch today. Lunch was nice but I'm wondering how anyone can get a two word town name so absolutely wrong. The beach was closed so there were no surfers. And Paradise, it ain't! Glad to be out.

3. But today is, overall, a good day. Firstly, I used some of my newly obtained wine selection skills to choose a bottle to take with me to Rob's "Aunty Sally" this evening. Oh I do hope it's ok as I followed all the rules I can remember from our Hunter Valley tour... And secondly, I found a barber who didn't demand that I sold all my worldly possessions in order to pay for a haircut. As a result, I am beautifully trimmed and happy!

Another addendum Friday 01 March

We've had a real chiiling week.  Weather seems to have calmed down a bit, no more gale force winds.  Yesterday hot and sunny and had a pool day.  Today back to drizzle and went to Sea World to see what was on offer.

Penguins, polar bear, rays of all types, sharks and, of course, dolphins.  I passed on "dinosaur world" and topped up the caffeine levels while H & D investigated.  They soon joined me in the cafe!  Nice morning out and don't feel too bad about the animals in captivity as Sea World apparently act as a rescue centre.  Certainly the rays all had smiles on their faces....

Decamping tomorrow up to Brisbane to catch up with some folks...
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Becks on

Hmm, "drop bears" - to be honest, I think I could have done a better job of photoshopping fierce gnashers on to a cuddly koala but they do say "there's no smoke without fire" so watch out... Fortunately, Terry Practhett assures us all that a pointy wizard hat will protect you from attacks from above whilst inflicting damage to said attacker so Hel may just need to tinker with her new headgear to be safe. Alternatively, just stay well clear of trees and you'll be fine!

cotysmore on

Hey Becks. They're real - no doubt about it....

Becks on

Right, I need photographic evidence of Dan grappling with a fanged terror, then!

jane on

You're right - Surfers is fairly dire apart from cocktails in the bar on the top of the Q1 [think it's 77 floors] view terrific! Glad CLC doing the biz again!!

Jane on

>>>>>>>>>>>>hopefully you remain committed to camping but Hels has done well to survive this long!

Becks on

LOVING the new koala shot - wonder how much the local ortho charged him for that fine set... Obviously a fan of the Twilight saga?!

cotysmore on

Working on the grappling request Becks. Just got to locate a copy of Photoshop.....

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