RAIN!!!!!!! spider!!! Lizard!! Clearing of rain...
23.10.2009 - 23.10.2009 24 °C
Today was a boat trip on the "Big Fury" - a powerful rafting style boat to some islands in the Whitsunday.
Most boats start out at 8:30 am, but this adventure dd not start until 10:30 am. That is because the vessel is so much faster than the other ones to get out to the islands. The biggest attraction to using this boat was the "no seasickness" promotion! And I am happy to report that I did not get sick or even feel sick! so that was great.
There were only 10 of us on this boat; normally they take out 35. So it was perfect. The crowd was nice and everyone was nice and friendly.
It took about an hour to get to our first snorkeling destination. They dubbed the first spot 'turtle island". I just took the dingy to shore to walk around; it started pouring down rain after about 20 minutes. LOL Am I surprised? since it never rains here.... they gathered us back up and we puttered on over to the Whitsunday Whitehaven Beach. Fortunately the weather cleared by the time we got there. There are some "facilities" on Whitehaven beach including some picnic pavilions and bathroom facilities. We had two crew members on our vessel; one of them rushed to one of the pavilions to setup for our lunch. Once he was setup; he called us to come back to eat. I walk back in the 'bush' and heard something moving around and looked and there is this two foot long lizard there. Then someone called out that there was a spider on the roof and it was this HUGE spider.... of course he was just a "small" guy compared to others there on the island. I didn't like him one bit though and would not sit down to eat my meal. I kept looking around me for other creatures. I would have died if any of them had crawled on me. LOL
We spent about 3 hours on Whitehaven beach which was wonderful and just what I wanted. White sand. Blue water. Perfect!!! I took long long walk and then sat on the beach for a while. It was very relaxing. There was a family on the ship with two young boys. It took me back in time when my kids were young and we went on adventures with them. The kids were having a lot of fun on the beach and in the water.
I thought we were stopping by Hill Inlet Outlook on the way back; where you see the view of the infamous Whitsunday white swells; but they just pointed out the site to us and said "well, you have to be in a helicopter to see the views that are on all the postcards". I didn't mind as I was ready to get back. Chatted with the folks on the boat back which was very nice. There were people there from Canada and Melbourne. Went back to my room and took a long long nap. It is now Friday night here and time to go check out the town... so we'll see if I make it there.. LOL
Hello to all back home!!