417. Sunday 12th April 2015. Family fun…

Monday 6th April

In the morning Anakin and I went to Main Beach for a surf.

Anakin starts an early morning surf. Water temperature was 25 degrees.

Anakin starts an early morning surf. Water temperature was 25 degrees.

Sister Enid arrived for the day.

After a rejuvenating coffee we packed a picnic lunch and headed into the mountains. Springbrook to be precise. Yeah yeah. I know I have written about it twice before but none of my guests have been there. There has been more heavy rain during the week so the waterfalls should be pumping.

Waterfall

Waterfall

Waterfall.

Waterfall.

They were.

Averyl was not well enough to do the 2 Klm climb down the escarpment to the Double Falls so I stayed behind with her and Anakin while Enid and Shelby did the trek together. It was good to see their happy faces an hour later. Those faces told me they had enjoyed the experience. In that hour we visited three other falls in the area.

Tuesday 7th April

In the morning Enid returned to Brisbane for work while Averyl, Shelby, Anakin and I went to Game Over.    http://www.gameovergc.com.au/   This is a huge complex comprising an indoor Go Kart track a dozen or so climbing walls, horizontal bungy jumping, games room and a Laser Tag Battle Arena.

Anakin at the wheel of the Go Kart.

Anakin at the wheel of the Go Kart.

Averyl at the wheel of her Go Kart

Averyl at the wheel of her Go Kart

Shelby waiting in the Go kart pits.

Shelby waiting in the Go kart pits.

The place is designed for people to have fun…at a price. There is a lot of equipment, lights, computers and the staff to customer ratio is surprisingly high…hence the price tag. I appointed myself official photographer and followed the family wherever I was able. Inside the Clip and Climb ( climbing walls)

Some of the climbing walls.

Some of the climbing walls.

Averyl had a go at climbing a wall.

Averyl had a go at climbing a wall.

Shelby on one of the climbing walls.

Shelby on one of the climbing walls.

Shelby climbing staggered poles.

Shelby climbing staggered poles.

Shelby and Anakin on a rock wall race.

Shelby and Anakin on a rock wall race.

was a Leap of Faith where you climb to 10 metres off the ground and leap from a platform to catch what looks like a punching bag type or leap and catch a trapeze swing. The punching bag required Anakin to hold old with arms and legs wrapped around the bag.

Anakin on his first leap of faith. Note the arms wrapped around the umm err punching bag.

Anakin on his first leap of faith. Note the arms wrapped around the umm err punching bag.

Anakins second leap of faith...he missed the trapeze.

Anakins second leap of faith…he missed the trapeze.

This activity would come back to be a bit of a pain later in the day.

We had lunch at Helensvale and in the afternoon we played endless games of Wii Tennis until I took Anakin to Main Beach for a surf. He got caught in a few dumpers and after a short break went back to the surf. He did comment he swallowed some water.

We went to Sushi Train for dinner and Anakin AKA Hollow Legs, lived up to his alias. By the time we got home he was very tired and complained of having a pain in the chest – remember the Leap of Faith above? .He then mentioned swallowing water and not feeling well – remember the Sushi Train? Averyl took him to the hospital for X-Rays.

Sigh!

Wednesday 8th April

Next morning apart from a bit of muscular soreness he was as bright as a button but happy to stay home – no adventure  today – and play Wii Tennis.

That evening along with some people we met last Sunday we bought fish n chips and brought then back home and had an enjoyable evening.

Thursday 9th April

The visit ended too soon.  Averyl, Shelby and Anakin left to begin a slow trip home.

Boo Hoo!

Sunday 12th April

Happy Birthday Donnis although you are 24 hours behind in Canada so from your viewpoint your birthday is tomorrow.

I went for my bike ride this morning although I could not travel my usual route or distance. The Gold Coast Triathlon was held yesterday and today. The roads have been closed.

In the afternoon I went to Main Beach for a surf. There was no parking so I went further up the beach where dune stabilisation is in progress. This means a good deal of scrub and trees were planted and in the process of reclaiming some of the dunes. I was surprised to see a sign which announced a Boa Constrictor has been sighted in the area. The sign includes a photo, supposedly of a Boa.

Whoa!

The Boa is a native of South America and the Caribean (   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boa_constrictor   )

How is a Boa running around the sand dunes on the Gold Coast?

This news story begins to explain but raises more questions. It does however explain why there are so many signs erected in the area.   http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-04-07/police-release-boa-constrictor-by-mistake-on-gold-coast/6374398

 

 

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