418. Sunday 20th April 2015. Surfers Paradise, good friends visit and I visit good friends…

Monday 13th April

I drove to Surfers paradise today. Of course there were a lot of people around, mostly on Cavill Avenue, the main “IN” place to be and be seen.

Surfer Paradise.

Surfer Paradise.

The famous Cavill Avenue on a quiet day.

The famous Cavill Avenue on a quiet day.

A large tent with a wooden floor was on the beach for the Surfers Paradise Festival from 3rd to 18th April.   http://www.surfersparadise.com/whats-on/free-events/surfers-paradise-festival  There are lots of activities and shows being organised. Photo exhibitions and workshops, music workshops, trapeze, acrobats and circus performers, singers, dancers, dance workshops, bands, comedians, clowns and illusionists.  And so on and so forth etc etc etc.

All FREE!

The festival winds up on Saturday night with a giant fireworks display.

While wandering around with head looking up in the air I saw some old photos of Surfers which try to tell the story of how the area has grown. The area has grown too fast for the printed history. Already the information is out of date but the photos really capture an atmosphere. I recall the Surfers of 1964 and can see the bigger than huge changes which have occurred.

Look at how close to the beach you could park in 1960. Now there is a buffer zone of wide promenade and in places tree shaded grass with picnic tables. Also showers and toilet blocks are now conveniently located every 100 metres.

Look at how close to the beach you could park in 1960. Now there is a buffer zone of wide promenade and in places tree shaded grass with picnic tables. Also showers and toilet blocks are now conveniently located every 100 metres.

In the 1960's tanning was popular. Hmmm come to think of it, tanning is still popular today despite people being aware of the dangers. This photo depicts a spray tanning lotion vendor. A compressor and tank of coconut oil mixed with ??? was sprayed onto bodies. There was no thought about overspray onto nearby beach goers. There was no safety equipment for the person being sprayed. No eye protection no breathing filter. Along with getting an oily skin you got a lungful of the concoction and stinging eyes. Imagine trying to get a business like that on the beach today.

In the 1960’s tanning was popular. Hmmm come to think of it, tanning is still popular today despite people being aware of the dangers. This photo depicts a spray tanning lotion vendor. A compressor and tank of coconut oil mixed with ??? was sprayed onto bodies. There was no thought about overspray onto nearby beach goers. There was no safety equipment for the person being sprayed. No eye protection no breathing filter. Along with getting an oily skin you got a lungful of the concoction and stinging eyes. Imagine trying to get a business like that on the beach today.

Early advertising for Staffords Tog Shop. The store was opened by Paula Stafford who designed and made her own label of exclusive bikini's.

Early advertising for Staffords Tog Shop. The store was opened by Paula Stafford who designed and made her own label of exclusive bikini’s.

In 1960 the Paula Stafford Bikini Shop was right on the strip at Surfers Paradise. In the photo you can see her shop just behind the lady in the yellow Mu-Mu.

In 1960 the Paula Stafford Bikini Shop was right on the strip at Surfers Paradise. In the photo you can see her shop just behind the lady in the yellow Mu-Mu.

Surf carnivals, then as now were popular. The march past of the competing clubs showed off the tanned athletic healthy bodies. Hmmm! I wonder how those bodies look today?

Surf carnivals, then as now were popular. The march past of the competing clubs showed off the tanned athletic healthy bodies. Hmmm! I wonder how those bodies look today?

Cavill Avenue in 1967 was as busy then as it is today. It was the place to be and the place to be seen...apart from being on the beach of course. After dark the nightclubs came alive.

Cavill Avenue in 1967 was as busy then as it is today. It was the place to be and the place to be seen…apart from being on the beach of course. After dark the nightclubs came alive.

My first visit to Surfers Paradise was in 1964 and the strip looked much like this. If you double click you will see the Paula Stafford shop.

My first visit to Surfers Paradise was in 1964 and the strip looked much like this. If you double click you will see the Paula Stafford shop.

My head was looking up because I was looking at the tallest building on the coast QI or more appropriately called Sky Point.   http://www.skypoint.com.au/SkyPoint-Climb/   I was looking at the tower and thinking – hmmm, I have a fear of heights but I really want to climb the tower later this year – I have already climbed the Sydney Harbour Bridge and thought I had conquered my fear.

SkyPoint Tower. In the distance and due to the angle it looks shorter than the neighbouring building.

SkyPoint Tower. In the distance and due to the angle it looks shorter than the neighbouring building.

From this perspective it is easy to see SkyPoint is taller.Double click the photo to see the climbing staircase at the top of tower.

From this perspective it is easy to see SkyPoint is taller.Double click the photo to see the climbing staircase at the top of tower.

Here is a nice closeup of the climbing staircase. I am reliably informed that at the top there is a platform for group photos. The platform is glass so you can look at your feet and see all the way to the street 322 metres below. The building is taller than the Chrysler Building in New York City.

Here is a nice closeup of the climbing staircase. I am reliably informed that at the top there is a platform for group photos. The platform is glass so you can look at your feet and see all the way to the street 322 metres below. The building is taller than the Chrysler Building in New York City.

The result of my observations is I am going to do the climb in September. Then after that I want to climb the Story Bridge in Brisbane then next year tackle Mt Everest, Mt Fuji and Mt Kilamonjaro – just kidding.

Tuesday 14th April

Readers may recall my comments in the last post about the Boa Constrictor somewhere in the revegetation area of the dunes to the north of Main Beach. It’s funny how coincidences occur. I went to the beach this morning and walking back along the path back to TERIOS the couple in front stopped quickly. Reason? A two metre Yellow Belly Brown snake was crossing the path.  http://www.reptilepark.com.au/animalprofile.asp?id=109  These snakes are deadly and it is best to leave them alone.  Which we did.  They are also known as the Eastern Brown snake and are responsible for most snakebite deaths.  The snake slithered into the scrub and was gone in a couple of minutes. Of course it stopped and stared at us for awhile considering its next move. We are too big to eat and attacking would be a waste of venom better used for catching dinner. The snake and us all agreed to part company.

Wednesday 15th April

Now is probably as good a time as any to advise our itinerary for the next two month. After this post which will be completed on Sunday 19th April my next scheduled post is 26th April. I am unsure if I will be able to post on 26th and unsure how when where and why I will be able to post on Sunday nights for the next two months. As well I will be in the northern hemisphere and their Sundays are really Monday in Oz.

Our rough itinerary is fly to Vancouver Canada, cruise inside and outside and outside passages to Alaska, return to Seattle USA then back to Vancouver Island Canada, on to Calgary explore prairie, drive to and down The Rockies to Vancouver and fly to Sydney. There will be some time travel as well. On the flight to Vancouver I will arrive three hours before I leave whereas on the return flight after 16 hours flying we arrive two days after we leave.

See? Time Travel!

I drove TERIOS to a friends house in  Labrador where it will be stored while we are away.

Thursday 16th April

Readers may recall several posts ago I pontificated about buying a new car. My preference was a Toyota Camry Hybrid. Since then I determined a new car is out of the question. I looked at a three year old car last week and was offered a tiny trade amount on RALLYE. Based on that and the fact there is no ongoing warranty on the car and the batteries will need replacing in a few years I decided not to go down that path and forget about a car until we return sometime in July. Today I was talking with neighbours and the subject of the Hyundai i30 came up and there are some current model run out deals available with many extra’s at greatly reduced prices.

Hmmm! I will sleep on that idea.

 

Friday 17th April

Good friends Tony and Dawn arrived. I have no space to accommodate their Jayco caravan so they booked three nights in Treasure island Resort next door. I have a key which allows access to/from the resort so it is easy for us to spend time together.

While Dawn explored Harbourtown Tony and I went for a test drive in a Hyundai i30.

I like it.

Saturday 18th April

Back to the motor dealer today. I ordered a new Hyundai i30 SE hatchback.

Good friends Glennis & Eric called. They are staying at Glennis daughter resort at Mt Warning in NSW. They invited me down for the day as they are leaving tomorrow and will not have time to call in to see me as they have an appointment in Brisbane before they start their homeward journey in their caravan. Tony and Dawn are leaving in the morning to head south and home so I accepted the invitation.

Sunday 19th April

Happy Birthday to my sister Enid.

I drove to Mt Warning Forest Retreat (http://www.foresthideaway.com.au/ ) in the Tweed Valley near Murwillumbah. Mt Warning which can be seen from the Best of All Lookouts – as shown in our post 411 here   https://frankeeg.wordpress.com/2015/03/02/411-sunday-1st-march-2015-walking-in-clouds-a-death-in-the-family-and-a-long-overdue-surf/

Is the highest standing part of a volcanic crater and forms part of the caldera. The retreat is on the south wall of the mount and is still part of the volcanic origins although it is the outer wall of the caldera. The soil is rich red loam and the huge Tweed River has its origins here. Where the Tweed runs through the property it is not much wider than a creek. Many of the repeat customers use the cabins as a base for weekend climbs of Mt Warning. Todays visit opened up another potential destination to explore in the future and is only 90 minutes from home.

(About 20 Klm along the Motorway I realised I had left my camera behind.

Grrr!)

Glennis baked a wonderful beef roll in the Weber BBQ for lunch.

It was just on dark when I arrived home. Thank goodness there were leftovers in the fridge. I was too tired to cook.

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