We have been home now for 6 weeks and we have been busy. We arrived home Thursday April 12th and three days later we had snow and freezing rain. We also did not have water and the power was expected to go out. It wasn't a pleasant welcoming home after spending five months in a very hot Australia.
We are now looking for work so we can get some money coming in. We have found a ski condo just 8 minutes from the hill in Collingwood. The complex is on Georgian Bay which includes a marina and there are many bike paths that go right past our new home. We are very excited to find a place in such an active town, there is something happening all the time.
Both of us now look back on our experience's over the last two years and we are so happy to do this type of trip. These days with all the sickness taking friends at an early age we are thankful to be able to do what we did. Laurie and I are so happy because of the people we met and places we have been. It would have been a perfect trip if not for losing our boat to hurricane Irma in St Maarten. Thank you to every one who supported us through our time in St Maarten after the hurricane. I also hope every one enjoyed reading about our journey. Later I will post a video of some people we met and some of our favorite places.
Our flight was very long and we didn't sleep at all. We arrived home around 8pm and turned up the heat in the house. We were tired and wanted to go to bed as soon as it was warm enough. Two days later I am still trying to get the water running but it's not going well. I think the line to the river is still frozen so I will keep on trying and hope it comes on soon. We have one big problem right now and that's the weather. It's snowing and blowing here right now and we are supposed to get freezing rain tonight and tomorrow. So now we have to hope the power doesn't go off.
We are now on our way home. Arrived this morning at 6:30am now waiting to board for our long flight home. Brisbane to Vancouver 14 1/2 hours and Vancouver with a 2 hour lay over then to Toronto 4 1/2 hours then a 2 hour drive home, it's going to be a long day. Last night was a great night to end our visit here. We were asked for dinner to Sharon's sisters home down town Brisbane. They have a roof top area with pool, party room, BBQ and lost of tables to eat at. It was a great time with a beautiful view.
It's Tuesday here and we leave Australia Thursday morning. This might be the first time Laurie and I have traveled back in time! We leave Brisbane Thursday morning at 10:45 am and arrive in Vancouver 3 hours earlier Thursday morning at 7:00am.
Yesterday we went into Brisbane to the Planetarium and then for lunch on the top of
Mount Coot-tha. It was a clear day and we could see all of Brisbane. Forgot to take the camera again! Our last night we will go to Sharron's sisters for dinner. They live in the condo next to where we had our hotel room on the river in down town Brisbane. It should be a great view so I have to remember to take my camera. We will be home some time late Thursday night and we hope to get a good nights sleep after out 23 hour trip home. I will do another post then.
Today is Friday here and tomorrow we go to Brisbane and then leave for home on Thursday. Yesterday we took our last walk on the beach with Blue. We will certainly miss walking on the beaches here and especially with Blue. It's been great to have a dog here to get us out and walking and what a great place to walk. Blue loves it and we love it.
Blue found a stick!
We are going to miss Blue.
Her are some Blue Bottle Jelly Fish. There long tails will give a good sting.
Last time Mark and I went for a dive I had a sting on my hand and Mark got stung across his face.
It's is a special Easter this year, Laurie became a Nana again. Her daughter Rhianna and her boyfriend Dylan had a baby girl. "Peyton Amanda Dixon" was born March 31 at 12:58 am. She weights 7lbs 13oz and is 21in long.
Fun Time At The Byron Bay Blues Festival.
Mark Laurie and I went to the Blues Festival yesterday and had a great time and Cherie came after work. This is the 29th year of the festival and they do it right. This land is only used for the festival so it makes it easier to set up every year. They have lots of merchandise and food venders, you can also camp with a tent or trailer or rent a teepee or a camper. They have 5 different tents set up so there is lots of different music. It starts at noon and goes to midnight for 4 days. We arrived around 2:30 and our first band was The Wailers witch used to be Bob Marley and the Wailers. Then we moved over to another tent and watched The California Honeydrops. We had something to eat and the went back to the main tent and watched Jackson Brown. We didn't want to stay for the last band The Original Blues Brothers Band. We left early because at the end of the night it takes about 2 hours to get out of the parking lot. We had a great time, the music was great and we were impressed how organized every thing is run.
Some old guy!
Perfect night with a full moon.
Mark will be going back to work tomorrow so we won't see him again until he comes to Canada. I'm still hoping to get one more dive in before we go. We leave next Saturday to go to Brisbane for 5 days then home.