10 February - Bundaberg & Noosa
“Volunteer Marine News Reporter 007 Commencing Report” Ghkkk
I haven't written in a while because we have been extremely busy sailing
south. In two weeks we have gone from Hamilton Island to Pelican Bay.
We have gone from Hamilton Island toThomas Island to Digby Island to
Island head Creek to Yeppon to Bundaburg to Urangan to Kingfisher Bay to
Pelican Bay. Some of these stops had something worth mentioning.
In Yeppoon we saw a lightning storm that continuously discharged
lighting for hours. I think Zeus must have been really mad. Nikki and
I also rolled up in the hammocks and waited out a bit of rain while
still reading our books. At one point I succeeded in flipping the
hammock upside down, so absolutely no rain could come though. This came
at a price though, as the ridge created by the two sides of the hammock
pressed right into my private parts, so I didn't stay like that for
In Bundaberg, we drove for three hours to get down to Noosa for 4 days.
We stayed in Diana and Geoff's house. I had a lot of fun there,
especially when we went to the closest skatepark. This skate park got a
really good rating in my skate park book. There is a five foot bowl
that tapers slowly up to ground level at one side, a 2 foot mini ramp,
and a really good street area that uses banks extensively. Geoff and
Diana also have a pool in their backyard. Nikki and I must have spent
at least an hour in that pool each day. I slept much better now that
the bed didn't move all the time. I got four books there, and read
three of them during my stay there. The books are X-wing Rouge
Squadron, X-wing The Bacta War, Planet of Twilight, and From the Two
Rivers. The last book is part of a fantasy series by Australia's best
fantasy author: Robert Jordan. I am really happy that momma met these
We also met Megan and Dwight, the people we met in Turtle bay on the way
to PNG. The have the cutest little puppy called Indy. The morning
before we met him, he had gotten his face into an ant nest, so his face
was a bit swollen. He looked cute nonetheless.
While we were in Kingfisher Bay, we went onto land and checked out the
resort there. We all decided it was really nice so we have made plans
to come back there on a one week tourist stint with a jeep. If you're
wondering where Kingfisher Bay is, it is the same spot where I went on
the Batan death march. The Mysterious ball-making-crabs were present
“VMNR 007 out” Ghkkk
12 February - Pelican Bay
While we were in Pelican bay, we decided to go ashore. This was really
hard to do because there was this fabulous mud. The water would be
maybe a quarter of a foot deep, but the waterline would be around your
knees. The best way to move across was to run really quickly, while
making your steps as light as possible. I had only had partial success
with this, but I never fell into the mud face-first. I wish I had.
When we had walked across Inskip Point, after trying many different
places to land the dinghy, we went swimming in Wide Bay Bar. Nothing
extremely remarkable happened in the water, but before we left we took
mangrove seeds pods and arranged them so they would cause severe tire
damage if any car drove on them. Mangrove seeds look live long pods
with a spiky tip at one end. They are supposed to be dropped by the
plant and float until low tide dumps them on a beach. Then, only if
they are dumped right side up, will they grow into mangroves. The beach
was one of many beaches where you could drive on the sand, so we wrote
DANGER: SEVERE TIRE DAMAGE in the sand and left it as a prank. When we
got back to the boat later on, Nikki and I went swimming and I found out
that I could almost touch the bottom just by straightening my legs. I
think this is the second shallowest we have ever anchored in. The next
morning we left for MOOLOOLABA!
Some Differences between living on a boat and living in a House
- A house doesn't move.
- There is no reason not to flush the toilet in a house because you don't have
to spend five minutes pumping.
- Your mom isn't your teacher.
- There are more places to read.
- You have to walk at least 20 meters to get from kitchen to living room
- Rooms aren't the size of a king-size bed.
- Your backyard isn't the ocean.
- You don't have to worry about battery power.
- You don't have to dock a house.
- I have more freedom with homework
- Friends are always there when you live in a house
- Boats are a monkeys paradise
- Houses are less constricted in space
- You can always hear your annoying sister on a boats
13 February - Tangalooma Wrecks
On the way to Manly Harbor by Brisy, we stopped of at Tangalooma Wrecks.
This is where we stopped before and ran down the sand hills. This stop
was almost the same as the other ones except that we only stayed there
for lunch and that we never dinghied around. There were no wipe-outs on
the way down, but Nikki and I both fell when we hit flat ground. This
was a Tubular stop.
16 February - Manly Boat Harbor
For the last 2 days we have been in Manly Boat Harbor, near Brisbane.
The coolest thing we have found is the local swimming pool, which,
believe it or not, has a slide and a diving platform, which is about 15
feet high. Actually, you can't really dive because it is too shallow:
my butt to touches the bottom even if I do a cannonball. Watching
people jump, it looked like the primary objective was to make the
biggest splash possible, and the secondary objective was to do some
thing cool, like a back flip. If you tried the secondary objective, but
failed and did the primary objective, you usually came up and heard
ooooo's. The second time we went there, there were two sumo wrestlers
in training that jumped of the tower. The splash went higher than the
tower and created half foot waves.
My Ideal RTS Computer Game
Title: Marina Tycoon
Objective: Operate and create a successful Marina
Features: Choose from over 40 different locations around the world. Set
up charter companies and transit ferries to nearby Islands. Create
restaurants for your guests. Build a Chandlery to provide your guests
with their boating needs. Build your breakwater, then choose from many
different types of piers, pontoons and fingers. Choose if you want to
provide your guests with boat building and repair yards. Answer radio
calls from incoming vessels, the choose a spot for them. Choose from
many different size berths and facilities. Offer boat sales services.
Choose your berth prices wisely so you can get the most profit. Hire
mechanics and janitors to care for you marina.
16 February - South Bank
A day ago, we all went into Brisbane, where we had to renew our visas.
You know, that boring stuff which involves sitting around and doing
nothing while looking at a guy who types stuff into computers and asks
you questions. I mean, how boring can you get? The good thing about
this trip was that I got to get a book on a loan where I don't get
allowance for 4 weeks. Actually its three weeks, 'cause I gave some of
my books to a secondhand bookstore, and I got ten dollars for them. The
book is the last in the New Jedi Order series. It's called “The
Unifying Force”. It is the only hardback book I have.
The South Bank is a section in Brissy where there are a lot of
restaurants and a big artificial lagoon. The lagoon is fed by a small
creek that you can walk up. The lagoon gets about two meters deep, and
one side slopes up to an artificial beach. We saw a whole bunch of
Urban Ibis. There were some in a palm tree that were having a squabble,
and even one that used the pool as a bathtub. I think the South Bank is
a cool place.
23 February - Alcatraz of Australia
On the way to Southport from Manly, we stopped at St. Helena Island.
St. Helena Island was a prison in the 1850's, and it was shut down in
1938. There were very few escapes there, and it was known as one of the
best prisons in Australia. the slope of the ground underwater is very
shallow, so it is 2 meters deep 50 meters away from the beach. Before
we left, momma took pictures of Nikki and I Doing flips of the bow. I
did back flips (which I landed perfectly), and Nikki did Front flips.
Look for the pictures on the web. Later on in the day, we move to
Dunich, the same place we anchored for the first time. It was less
bouncy than before. Before we went to bed, we saw a huge lightening
storm. I saw 10 lightening stikes, and I got some of them on tape!
Brisbane was a hot spot, and also some places south of had a lot of
strikes too. It never got over us, but we copped some rain.
27 February - Pacific Regal in Burleigh Heads
For the next two weeks Burleigh Heads is our new home. Endless Summer
was hauled out of the water for a two week stretch. She should emerge
as a nicer looking boat, and the dagger-board problem should also fixed.
Before we left, we had to haul the dagger-boards out using a halyard.
It was so grueling that none of us wanted to do any other work! I wish.
We did, however, still have to pack up: clothes, food, books, homework,
Right now, we are in a place that rents holiday apartments, called
Pacific Regis. The complex has two pools, two hot tubs, and a sauna,
and the building is 15 stories tall. this doesn't matter to us, cause
we are on the second floor. It might as well be only two floors tall.
We are doing homework almost everyday, but we are going to do something
fun once we are done. Some of the things I want to do and places I want
to go are: Zorb Balling, Go-Kart racing, The wax museum, and Ripley's
believe-it-or-not. Believe-it-or-not, it is open till 11 o'clock at
night! That is extremely late on Australian standards, but hey, this is
Surfers Paradise! We have a TV in the room! It has been soooooooooooo
long since I have been able to see Discovery Channel. You can rent
VCR's at the main desk. We are right on the beachfront, which is good
because there is a surfing contest starting on March first. Quicksilver
pro and Roxy pro are some of the sponsors.