Saturday 11 June, 2016
One of the unexpected benefits of joining in with the local Wynnum parkrun, was meeting people of the community that you wouldn’t normally get a chance to chat with. The common experience of puffing out a 5k on Saturday morning, allows you to go up to someone you don’t know and say “gday, how did you go this morning?” and barriers drop away, and you are conversing with great people.
Why the preamble, when the title says something about boats you ask. Good question!
Well after I got home from parkrun, I had a hankering to get on the water, and I recalled a kind offer from Kurt, that I could borrow his kayak anytime. I hit him up, and he said no problem, and then added did I want to come boating with a few others? I didn’t want to be a third wheel, and said as much, but the offer remained if I could be ready by 9:30. I asked if there was room for Tegan as well (yes there was) and I promptly woke her and asked if she wanted to head out on a boat. “Will we fish?” were the first bleary words from her.
There were going to be a couple of boats, and John was taking his jetski for a strap as well. Great crew, should be good fun!
John and Joey with hot beverages in hand
Tegan keen to get out there
Maiden voyage for Mark & Liz’s boat
Heading towards Peel Island, Dolphins were spotted and we backed off the speed, and cruised about spotting a pod feeding on bait fish.
Joey and Tegan spotting for Dolphins
We then headed into Horseshoe Bay, Peel Island.
John took me for a run, and let me have a drive of his wave ski, so much fun, and the speed gets to 80km/h in no time!
Verne took Tegan for blat on John’s ride.
Tegan and Verne when they we both dry
In the drink
Fancy having the video going…
We had a feed, chat and pulled anchor to head off.
Heading back to the boat ramp, ready for that snooze the clean, salt air brings on.
no fish today, but there is talk of a next time
An unexpected highlight of the trip, was the slow cruising over shallow sandbanks. We got to see turtles, stingrays, starfish and a shovel nose ray. No dugongs this time.
Sounder told us dugongs and turtles in the area, go slow
Starting to cool down a little
Such a fantastic day out spent with Tegan and friends. As I write this I am working on how a boat may be in our future, and how to bring that future forward…