Mackerel Beach, Night shots

Trip Start Nov 03, 2012
Trip End Nov 24, 2012

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Flag of Australia  , New South Wales,
Thursday, November 22, 2012

Warren and Marie Lewis picked us up at the Wyndham location and we headed north through Mona Vale to Palm Beach, where we were to rendezvous with a truck delivering two new mattresses for their beach house at Mackerel Beach.

When the delivery finally arrived, there was only one mattress, but that was OK because the expected weekend guests were flexible enough to make adjustments. Once the mattress was on the ferry (which delayed departure to accommodate Warren), we were off across the Pitt Water, making a number of stops before landing at Mackerel Beach.

There are no cars and trucks at Mackerel Beach (although there was a motorized boat on tripod wheels -- the local handyman's transport) so Warren had to go fetch a cart to transport the mattress up to the house. We all went to the house and Richard returned to the dock with Warren to retrieve the mattress. It was up to the house and up the stairs and into the bedroom in quick order.

We stopped for a quick beer and some lambingtons and were entertained by one of the local Kookaburras as he sat on the deck railing begging for food. Warren cut up a bit of our lunch steak strips and fed the bird.

A neighbor called up and came over to help Marie get the lunch together. Warren fired up the barbie and grilled the steak strips and we had steak sandwiches for lunch. While Marie and the neighbor cleaned up, Warren took Jeanette and Richard for a walk through the rest of Mackerel Beach. There are around 50 or so homes nestled into the beach abutting the Great Mackerel Beach Reserve.

Warren had to pick up a trophy in the Sydney CBD before 6, so we caught the ferry and did a bit more sightseeing before heading back into the city in the teeth of the afternoon rush hour. (Crossed the Harbour bridge two more times via automobile). The trophy was picked up and we were deposited back at the Wyndham unit. A very nice day spent in an area that few casual visitors get to see.

Richard decided that this was the opportune time to take the tripod and head back to Circular Quay for night shots, so we spent a couple of hours doing just that. We started over by the Opera House and worked our way around to the bridge, taking pix all the way. It was a fun way to end the day and I think we got some good shots.
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