Reef-Goodbyes-Camper-Westbound to the middle
Mount Garnet, Queensland
This will probably be a boring blog as nothing has happened yet. After arriving in Cairns we settled into our super hotel free on points. After being locked up in our camper Lisa, Joy and I had space to stretch out. Lisa scored her own room but Joy still had to share with me. No long walks to the shower and a balcony overlooking the ocean sweet/suite.
Waking in the morning we prepared for our Great Barrier Reef snorkel trip with a rather large breakfast buffet which included my favorite passion fruit (fresh). A short walk up a long pier we boarded our 26 passenger boat for a hour run out to the reef. Once there, Lisa, Joy and I suited up with jelly fish suits which I believe did more to protect us from the sun then jelly fish. Lisa who hadn’t snorkeled before soon became relaxed and we ventured off like Jacque Cousteau in search of sea creatures. In the water we saw turtles, jelly fish and the reef itself. After two different adventures we were soon heading back to shore. And after a two hour refresh we hit the streets looking for a good supper. As it’s Lisa’s last night with us we had a good feed and then talked her into a foot and leg massage.
Day two Cairns we all decided since we had a car to tour the town finding the local racecourse we had a look. We stumbled on the General Manager who was busy with the up coming race day in 5 days time however he and his assistant took an hour out of their day to show us the place. Of course he knew Michael Dickinson and Joy being Michael’s biggest fan they had lots to talk about and in the end we told him about Lisa leaving in a couple of hours and that she had not met Winx yet. Not the same but he had a signed by the trainer and jockey baseball cap under his desk and Lisa I believe made the biggest score of the trip.
Well all good things come to an end we had to take Lisa to the airport for her flight to Sydney home. And with a tear in our eyes we watched as she crossed through security heading home. P.S. Lisa look back next time we were waving!
Camper day was included in our goodbye Lisa day, leaving the airport we headed out to our camper and the road ahead. Our first stop was Coles for provisions as groceries are called once you put them in a camper. Then a quick stop to buy some rope and stakes to tie down our awning as last time it blew away costing us $350. On the road we had to cross the mountains to get to base camp one, zig zagging up and then back down in the on and off rain we finally made it in the cover of darkness. Luckily we called ahead and were told to park anywhere and pay up in the morning. Pulling into the camp we could not see anything no map, no street lights we drove around finally bothering another camper for directions. He said just park right there so we did, only a 500 foot walk to the cold showers in the rain not bad.
Come morning light we could see that this 100 site campground was empty. What we couldn’t see the night before was these little side roads down to the sites and the shower block just 20 feet from our side door with running hot water.
Now that we had our first 12 hours in the camper we named Lou, we figured out that the tv was not working properly on the phone I told the camper company that is was cooked they said “no problem next depot we pass they would swap it out” the next depot is Perth weeks away. Back tracking to Cairns they had a new tv waiting and just three hours driving was lost and we were west bound again. Next stop Mount Garrett.