Airlie Beach - Monday
26.10.2009 - 26.10.2009 25 °C
I actually followed the recommendation of the Sunset Cruise skipper and was up very early and "trespassed" on the Marina construction site to go to the new beach over there and look for sea shells. I made it over there but didn't see any nice shells. I noticed on the walk back to my usual McD's location that the markets were being setup. I've already learned that if the markets setup on a day other than Sat that means a cruise ship is stopping there for the day and I was right. lol I went ahead and headed over to McD's since my internet is down at my resort. Had my usual Macca's breakfast and cruised the net for a while. Then I had to get back to my resort and prepare for my sea kayaking trip.
Normally the excursions pick you up at your accommodations but this activity was over booked and had no room in the van. So I took the public bus which picked up right at the foot of the hill of my resort. It was a very nice drive down to Shute Harbor; takes you opposite direction of Airlie Beach. It was about 12 km to Shute Harbor. Shute Harbor is surrounded by Conway National Park and apparently there are some nice hiking trails in that area. I was early since I took the public bus so had time to chat with the crew. The main guy was from New Zealand but has lived all over the world including the states. The one young gal was a traveler from Canada who had been on the move for one year. She explained to me how backpackers like herself come to Australia with a little bit of money and a work visa and then just work to support their ability to stay in Australia. It was impressive.
The cruise line ship that stopped at Airlie Beach for the day had many people on the Kayaking trip. We were given Kayak skirts and life vests and then a lesson on kayaking. We all had to use tandem kayaks for the trip which was fine. We kayaked in the beautiful blue water over to a small island that had a lovely coral beach. The crew prepared a snack for all - very good Tasmanian blue and brie cheese and crackers and juice. Some folks chose to go in the water while some just relaxed or walked the beach as I did. There are "stingers" in the water so if you went in you had to wear a stinger suit. After about an hour we kayaked back to shore. The water was just gorgeous and it was very relaxing. I enjoyed the excursion very much. After we were finished they delivered us back to our resorts slightly ahead of schedule.
I came back and got cleaned up and then walked into town. I met up with Liz who was killing time before her flight back to Brisbane. We hung out at the Lagoon ( big swimming area) and then walked down to the Esplanade and got a snack. After that we walked over to the beach and hunted around for shells until she had to leave to catch her ride to airport. Liz was a very nice young gal and it was nice to meet her. Funny how women young and young at heart all have so much in common.
Headed back to my resort to do some laundry and sit around the pool. It's been tough but someone has had to do it..... not sure what night life holds yet....... going with the flow. : Last night in Airlie before starting down the coast in transition for coming back home...