390. Sunday 19th October 2014. A slow week but we end with a highlight on a sand island…

Monday 13th October

So begins another week.

Can you believe, today we test drove another NEW CAR!

We went looking for a Subaru Liberty. For some reason we ended up looking at a Subaru XV which seems to be a crossover between an Outback, a Liberty and an Imprezza. As you may know I already have a 19 year old Liberty and when you kick down on the gas pedal the car drops down a gear, growls and takes off in a neck snapping leap. I love it. The XV on the other hand when you kick down on the gas pedal there is no sensation of a drop in gear, there is no growl just a sort of a whine and there is acceleration but not the neck snapping variety. The dealer is keen to do a deal…I guess that’s why they are called dealers… but we could not agree on a trade figure and walked away.

Wednesday 15th October

The Hyundai dealer called today with their offer but it too was declined.

Friday 17th October

Most of the week was spent putting the finishing touches on the curtains and preparing a new veggie patch and putting in a new micro spray watering system.

Tonight was Wine n Cheese at the clubhouse. There were about 60 attendees of ages ranging from 55 to 95.  Oops some of those older imbibers imbibed steadily. A dance band called The Mad Hatters played their hearts out with all the music from the 60’s. Whewee! It was the first time Donnis and I have been on a dance floor since….well we don’t know when. We finally got home to bed at 1am. Needless to say we had a wonderful night and got to meet many new people. Those older members just loved a drink and getting on the dance floor. Good on em!

Saturday 18th October.

Not much to report today except…

Donnis had acupuncture treatment while I got lost in the Robina Town Centre. When we arrived home we had burgers from the Indian takeaway store at Harbourside Markets at our back gate. Donnis had a spicy fish burger while I went for a Tandor Chicken burger. These burgers were huge and satisfying and the best thing of all was they were only $5.99 each. I cannot help comparing that to a McDonalds pseudo burger for around the same price.

Sunday 19th October

Today we joined friend Glenda B on a boat trip on Rum Runner

The good ship Rum Runner which took us to South Stradbroke. Note the kangaroos lazing on the bank above the bow.

The good ship Rum Runner which took us to South Stradbroke. Note the kangaroos lazing on the bank above the bow.

Boarding our boat for the day.

Boarding our boat for the day.

to South Stradbroke Island.

Some of the resort cabins built out over the water at Couran Cove on South Stradbroke.

Some of the resort cabins built out over the water at Couran Cove on South Stradbroke.

This was an organized trip for a club called The Gold Coast Cruise and Walking Club. The trip consists of the boat trip to the island, lunch at the resort and a two hour bush walk across the island to the ocean and back to the resort.

The beginning of the bush walk on the western side of Stradbroke Island.

The beginning of the bush walk on the western side of Stradbroke Island.

Each trip involves a different walk as the island is criss crossed with tracks. Originally there were 49 people signed up for the trip although 8 could not make it on the day. By the time we kicked off the walk at 3pm – sharp- there were 38 daring adventurers. The track took us along the inside western edge of the island,

One of many small islets just offshore of South Stradbroke Island.

One of many small islets just offshore of South Stradbroke Island.

past several private lease camp sites maintained by various boating groups, past the open to the public campground called Tipplers Campground which even has a licensed restaurant.

Tipplers Resort Camp Ground in the distance.

Tipplers Resort Camp Ground in the distance.

Gradually the track became steeper with the sand becoming softer making the walking more difficult.

The long gradually steepening track to the top of the sand dune.

The long gradually steepening track to the top of the sand dune.

Donnis powering up the sandy track - despite her knees crying out in protest.

Donnis powering up the sandy track – despite her knees crying out in protest.

Finally we reached the ocean side of the ocean and a steep slide walk from the high sand dune in soft sand to the beach below.

Slide walking down the steep sand dune to the ocean beach.

Slide walking down the steep sand dune to the ocean beach.

As the walkers spread out across the surf beach it became obvious that one of the walkers was struggling.

The skyline of Southport and Srfers Paradise can be seen from many locations around the Gold Coast.

The skyline of Southport and Srfers Paradise can be seen from many locations around the Gold Coast.

The beginning of the long trek along the ocean beach.

The beginning of the long trek along the ocean beach.

I dropped back to assist and found, in her words, she had “popped her knee’. We still had at least another klm of walking and another sandhill to navigate to reach a surf club from where a late afternoon buggy from the resort could take her back to the resort. I stayed with her, encouraging her to keep going as there was no other way for her to get back unless we called in a rescue helicopter. Finally we reached the surf club

The boardwalk below the Sruf Club at ocean beach on South Stradbroke. As in many other places on the island the sandhills are marching slowly but surely across the island. Look closely at the end of the boardwalk and you can see it is now covered by sand.

The boardwalk below the Sruf Club at ocean beach on South Stradbroke. As in many other places on the island the sandhills are marching slowly but surely across the island. Look closely at the end of the boardwalk and you can see it is now covered by sand.

and loaded her aboard the buggy. Donnis and Glenda decided to go with her while I hiked the final 2 klms to the resort arriving just in time to join Rum Runner

Couran Cove Marina on South Stradbroke Island. Rumm Runner is waiting for final passengers to depart at 5pm.

Couran Cove Marina on South Stradbroke Island. Rum Runner is waiting for final passengers to depart at 5pm.

for the cruise back to Hope Harbour Marina our starting point on the mainland. A stunning sunset ended an equally stunning day as we entered the marina.

An unusual design ketch at Hope Harbour Marina.

An unusual design ketch at Hope Harbour Marina.

Sunset as we arrive at Hope Harbour Marina.

Sunset as we arrive at Hope Harbour Marina.

Sunset at Hope Harbour Marina.

Sunset at Hope Harbour Marina.

By the time we arrived home and we had a shower and a light meal we were ready for bed – exhausted after an enjoyable day.

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2 Responses to “390. Sunday 19th October 2014. A slow week but we end with a highlight on a sand island…”

  1. placestheygo Says:

    Sounds like your new home community is just perfect…new friends and lots of activities:)

    I had to enlarge several photos today. I found four kangaroos along the shore in your boat cruise photo! Now that is something that I only see on TV. How totally cool!! Also, I love how those condos are built right over the water. Never seen that before. Thanks for sharing

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    • frankeeg Says:

      Hi Pam, yes we are enjoying our new home but some days feel overwhelmed with activities or places to eat out. Hmmm! Will have to modify our behaviour. Those kangaroos were all along the top of the canal as the boat cruised in to dock. Watching them bound along in unison with the boat was great but I did not use the video function on the camera.

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