How many people get to live their dreams? I am..........!

This is my story from the time when Capt'n John and I first decided to sail around the big block, to circumnavigate this great land of ours, AUSTRALIA.

Saturday, 19 May 2012

Day 2 - Island Head Creek BBQ Lunch Party

Thursday 17th May 2012
Day 2 - Island Head Creek BBQ Lunch Party
The northern beach Island Head Creek
1200hrs some of the boaties, ourselves included, go ashore on the western end of the northern beach for a makeshift BBQ lunch and some friendly chit-chat. The makeshift BBQ is in a small rock cavity with a metal plate over a wood fire.

Brett at the BBQ
 Brett off Swanning Around is our master organizer and BBQ ma; he radios everyone, gets them going and then sets up the BBQ. Brilliant! There is a great rollup; we had the people off Swanning Around (Brett and Deb), Aqua Vista (Phil& ), Shasha B (Brett’s dad &), Sparanza, Annalese, Neriki (Ric & Shelly), and a New Zealand family off a large racing boat and Alana Rose. I’m terrible with names. :o(
The beach party

The conversations had the usual flavour; boating, boating stuff and more about boating and cruising; how to fix something, do something a little better, differently or not at all. Even some talk about fishing, crabbing or cooking fish and crabs filled in with talk about where you have been, where you intend to go or what you would like to do next. This is all the initial “first meet” talk; as the days go by, the longer we all stay, the chit-chat changes, it opens up to a broad range of subjects.
I’m sure all the problems of the world could be solved on one of these beach parties.

Jill Knight’s boat Cooee is in the creek and so is her friend John’s boat. I think the waterway was too lumpy for them to come across. I did see them out and about on the southern sandbank. As for any of the other boats further upstream I don’t think that they would have travelled the distance in such foul conditions. As it was MrJ and I got drenched going ashore in our dinghy.
Raining in the creek

MrJ and I got back to AR just before a nasty big black cloud dropped a payload of wind and rain into the creek. Upstream was a complete whiteout with the driving rain. This rain squall lasted for about an hour before blowing away bring the nice warm sun to shine once more on this glorious natural haven we all know as Island Head Creek.

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