Lake Tinaroo - Mission Beach

Trip Start Jan 2003
Trip End Dec 2003

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Wednesday, June 25, 2003

Day 138 - Lake Tinaroo

I'd forgotten how your enjoyment of camping is dependant on the weather. And unfortunately, despite it allegedly being the dry season at the moment, we have been provided what can only be described as true english weather - grey skies, constant drizzle and blustery winds. We tried to make the best of our lot but after a brief foray into the local 'town' for a biut of shopping and a quick swim at a local crocodile-free lake, we were forced back to the reality of wet clothes and tents.

Day 139 - 140 - Lake Tinaroo - Mission Beach

We thought a logical step to escape the unrelenting rain was to head away from the rainforest to the coast. We should have predicted the rain would follow us and two full days in Mission Beach have yielded next to no sunshine. I'd like to think we were committed to the camping cause by resisting the temptation to book in to a more hospitable form of accommodation but in reality I think we're being particularly stubborn, attempting to force ourselves to enjoy camping.

The last couple of days have been pleasant enough but Mission beach offers no more than the beach in the form of activities so we've spent a lot of time shopping and eating. While there is nothing wrong with this in the short term, it's hardly what we came away for and consequently, we're chasing the sun tomorrow and heading further down the coast.

Campers are an odd bunch. Generally very amiable they come from all age groups and while most are tucked up in bed by 8pm there are a hardcore bunch who are more than happy sitting up late drinking. Given tents' breathless qualities at 6am I can only assume the latter category are short-termers. The younger ones tend to be a bit more reclusive but tonight we met a hysterical Geordie couple who have been travelling north. The stories they told would be enough material for an entire series of Jerry Springer featuring episodes like, "My flatmate's a gay psychopath and I'm here to tell him to ditch his green-toothed secret boyfriend or I'm outta here" and "My friend's a lazy sod who is waiting for his parents to die for inheritance and he's shagging his best mate's girlfriend/girlfriend's best friend and I'm here to tell them all".
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