Today was one of the best I've had for ages - I thoroughly enjoyed the whole day..
I set my alarm and woke up about 7am, despite it being a Saturday morning. Every Saurday Aldi has a sale, where they sell really good stuff (whether its lawn mowers, chain saws or table football tables), and this week it was camping stuff - perfect timing for me as I'm kitting out the car..
Mark and I went down and qued(!?) like 30+ other people, and waited for the doors to open at 8am. It was an experice I wasn't expecting - the doors opened and people just stampeded through the store to grab whatever it was they wanted, and then left just as quickly.. I got a bargain sleeping bag for $20 and a pillow for about the same.
Having been there, we went off to sort of cheap jumble story round the corner where I got some more bits and pieces (like velcrow and cutlery), before we came home.
When we got back we decided we would take out the boat and the Kayaks etc, and go to Bribie Island for the day. Having faffed about and got everything sorted, we got to Pelecan Waters (where you cross to Bribie from) about 11ish. Cecily and I then got dropped off with the Kayaks and paddled across from where I always went fishing, to the island the other side of the passage.
It was about 500m or more across to the other side, but there are lots of shallow sand banks etc, so it's a bit of an obstacle course to make it without having to drag the kayaks over the sand banks.
We had just got to the other side and found a good place to make the camp, when Mark, Fenella and Diggor turned up in the boat.
It was absolutely beautiful over there, similar to a desert island - we had our own little section of the beach separated from anyone else by the trees, the water was crystal clear to swim in and fish in AND we were out the wind and in the sun so it was really warm. We messed around on the beach for a while just swimming, fishing and having a picnic, then we went off for a walk to the beach on the ocean side of the island, with their surfboard and Cecily and my wetsuits.
From our camp on the passage side, it was about a 50m through some sand dune undergrowth, then you emerge on a huge white sand, deserted beach. There was also 1-2ft of slightly choppy surf as expected, so went out with Cecily to teach her on their board. She had surfed a bit before with a family friend, hence why they bought a board, but had never had a lesson..
I was really impressed with how good she was - its over a year since he had surfed, so I told her the basic stuff to remember, pushed her into a reasonable wave...and she stood up first time!
We stayed out for about half about or so, with me just pushing her into waves and the end she was starting to get to grips with how to turn the board to ride down the wave - that just count as a success! When her arms a bit tired and she got out they all walked back through to the camp (as it was sheltered out of the sea breeze and warmer), I borrowed the board and had a couple of waves, but it wasn't that great so I only stayed for 10 minutes before going back to camp too.
We did some more swimming and fishing etc, then Fenella, Diggor and I went off in the boat up to the area where you could do doughnutting - it was unbelievably good fun! Having never done it properly before I was all new to me, but I had SO much fun. Who would have thought skipping around behind a boat over the wake at high speed, on an inflatable disk, being kicked into the air would be such good fun!?
We Diggor and I must have done it for about an hour (Fenellas excuse not to have a go was she was the only one with a boat drivers lisence so had to be in the boat - true, but it would have been hilariuous watching her doughnutting!).
Later we went back to the camp and explored a bit more on the kayaks, before packing up and leaving to come home as the sun was starting to go down. To think they go and just chill over there like that many times a summer makes you think, in Fenella's words - why would you want to live anywhere else..
When we got home we tired everything up, clearing out the boat etc. Later we had dinner and watched and went to bed pretty early, similar to lots of Saturday evenings.
I'm so glad I got the opportunity to go across to Bribie and do all those fun things today. There are lots of amazing places travellers package trips do go, but I'm certain not many get to go and do that with such a nice lot of people..
(Photo - all the photos are on Fenella's camera as I didn't take my phone, so this is just a filler photo to let me post the blog...last full day of normal hair!)