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.
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.
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 Already the information is out of date but the photos really capture an atmosphere.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.
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.
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.
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.
Tags: Cavill Avenue, Hyundai i30 Hatchback Trophy, Mt Warning Forest Retreat, Murwillumbah, Paula Stafford, Sky Point Tower, Surfers Paradise, Surfers Paradise Festival, Tweed Valley, Yellow Bellied Brown Snake