Photo Gallery - December 2002
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The S/V High Drama in the slip next to us at the Mooloolaba Yacht Club. Mooloolaba is very popular with foreign yachts. It has many nice features like a beautiful beach across the street (photo further down the page) and is within walking distance to town.
Ed from "Horai" and David aboard David's boat "Danza". Danza is in the slip next to us. Danza has a crew of 6 including David and Judy and their four (4) children (ages 7 to 15). David's daughter Charlotte has become good friends with Jonah.
The Esplenade is a shopping and restaurant strip along the beach in the town of Mooloolaba. Most of the stores and restaurants are on the ground floor of hotel buildings which line the strip somewhat like in Miami Beach (though newer and with less style of course).
A Pagoda in Brisbane's small Chinatown. Though small, the area boasts many excellent restaurants including several which serve Dim Sum (part of our mission is to search out and enjoy Dim Sum in every part of the world we visit - Brisbane has the best Dim Sum we have eaten outside of New York, Boston and San Francisco).
Part of the lovely Southbank Park in Brisbane. The structure seen in this photo is a flower trellis sculpted of steel. It was constructed along a foot path through the park and is festooned with bright purple flowers. It appears as though the flowers are slowly growing to cover the entire structure.
Its a beach. Its a pool. Its a BOOL! This fabulous attraction is right in the middle of Brisbane's Southbank Park and is a public freshwater swimming pool (highly chlorinated) shaped like a natural wetland with some parts havign a normal, pool bottom and other parts being a simulated beach with wonderful, soft, white sand.
At the Queensland Maritime Museum in Brisbane we found this vessel called "Happy 11". The 9ft long "vessel" was sailed to Australia from Eastern Canada via the Panama Canal. She may be the smallest vessel to ever transit the canal, though this was not mentioned on the sign (see below).
Kate and Jonah resting on a wall while waiting for another ferry to return to the other side of the river. The Brisbane city ferry system is like a bus with a series of piers on both sides the river. Ferrys come every few minutes. Some go up and down river along one side, others skip back and forth across the river.
The City Cat. One of several types of ferrys operating on the Brisbane River. These ferrys are very fast and are used on the longer runs. Slower, smaller ferrys are used for shorter (zig zag like) runs. Kind of the express bus vs. the local bus.
Jonah getting settled into a kid-size go-kart at the local kart track. Unfortunately this is the only photo we have of him in the car - when the guy started the engine and Jonah hit the gas he ran straight into a wall while we all screamed "Turn, turn, TURN!". He was traumatized after that, got out of the kart and refused to try again.
This bad boy is actually 150+ years old. The story goes that he was picked up by Darwin (yes, THE Darwin) in the Galapagos and presented as a gift to some honcho back in England. He emigrated to Australia and brought the beast with him. He ended up at the Australian Zoo.
This photo shows the trainer demonstrating how high the croc can raise himself out of the water. The speed with which he accomplished this cannot be shown in a still photograph. You definately don't want to be in the water when these babies are around. I should also note, as did the trainer during the show, that in the wild crocs do not inhabit clear, clean water such as is shown in these photos. They put the crocs in clear water to allow visitors to easily see them. In reality, crocs live in murky, dark, cloudy water. They are silent and can sneak up on you without you even knowing they are near.
On of our favorite animals, the cute, cuddly looking Koala. Though known to people (in the USA at least) as the "Koala Bear", in fact the Koala is not a bear at all but a marsupial (animals which raise their young in a pouch).