Oh, our three day sailing trip was wonderful!
1st the Bad news - no wind = no sailing
2nd the Good news - we didn't miss sailing!
We found Waltzing Matilda, a small 14 person Yacht (11 Guests + 2 Crew) with a nice bunch of UKers (Canada, London, Scotland, etc...) and us two.
We snorkled and Jakob was so great! Not only did he try to snorkel for the first time but actually loved it - sometimes getting in the water before me! We saw so many beautifully Coral Reefs (we were on the southern tip of the Great Barrier Reef) with all its friendly and colorful inhabitants. It was like swimming in an aquarium!
We spotted and petted Elvis! Yes, Elvis!
Ok, so a Maori Wrasse Alpha Male is called Elvis - (but, had you going didn't I?) He was at least an arms width long, one arm tall and about one forearm wide. Very friendly and inquisitive. The others of his family are "normal" sized - so we really didn"t take notice of them.
One giant clam we spotted was the size of a small sofa - with dark purple fringes.
We didn't swim with the turtles or dolphins but did spot them as well as a Sea Eagle (a smaller version of a Bald Eagle with white under feathers)
The weather (even without wind) was heavenly. Clear skies most of the time, lovely cloud enhanced sunsets and starry, starry nights. Finding the Southern Cross, Orions Belt, Venus and Mars was easy. The thumbnail wide moon cresent - was a bit more difficult. The temps were around 30 C (I guess, 85 F) and little humidity. We took to bathing in Sunblocker and only on our return to harbor did Jakob get a light sunburn on his neck. This is serious sunburn territory - we saw more walking lobsters on the beaches than in most Lobster Houses ;-)) We consider ourselves very successful in this area - (as both of us could enter the "Reddest Lobster Contest" and come in within the top ten :-))
Sailing (or puttering about) was very relaxing and a great way to just shut out the rest of the world. No Cell Phone connection for 3 days (and imagine, Janne, we survived and loved it).
Though Airlie Beach is beginning to show signs of over-developed, using it as a starting point for a cruise is worth it!
Well, need to pack for our brief stop over in Brisbane and further on to Melbourne!
Monika & Jakob