Photo Gallery - January 2003
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Exposed water tanks in the saloon. These 2 (forward most) tanks had not moved, but the two immediately aft of them did move (forward). This was the only way to access the tanks to shift them back (aft).
New tank brace installed. The aluminum brace was fastened to the stringers running fore and aft through the bilge (white ridge at right). 2 1/2" carriage bolts (screws) were used. I also glued neoprene to the forward side of the brace which makes contact with the (stainless) water tank.
The 20023 Australian Etchells nationals was held at the Mooloolaba Yacht Club. Many famous world class sailors including Dennis Conner participated. This photo shows one of the boats leaving the marina for a days racing.
This photo is of the Darling Harbor complex which was situated right next to our hotel. The area includes playgrounds, fountains, picnic areas, the Imax theatre, the Darling Harbor itself (a small inlet off Sydney Harbor in the middle of the city) and several other attractions, casual eateries and restaurants.
Also part of the Darling Harbor complex of attractions is the Chinese Gardens, a privately run retreat in the middle of the city. Entry was 3 or 4 dollars. The gardens are tranquil and serene and provide a nice, cooling spot to rest, relax or just amble along aimlessly.
Lady Macqueries Chair (pronounced 'mackery'), a famouse Sydney historical location made famous by the stone chair carved in sold rock at the tip of the point just East of the Opera House. Mrs. Macquerie was the wife of the famous Australian Icon Mr. Macquerie.
A view of the Blue Mountains to the West of Sydney. These moutnains were a considerable obstacle to Westward expansion and settlement of the country during its early history. It took many expeditions and many lives before a way was found through the mountains to the vastness beyond.
The final photo of the Blue Mountains. While these photos do not disclose it, the viewing area we are in is a terrace of cement with steel railings. Its size is hard to describe being at least 75yds across by 50yds long. There are only a hundred or so people here with us, but I can easily see it accomodating hundreds more. The area immediately around us is crowded with expensive homes, vacation properties and tourist shops. Not what we expected, though the views did not disappoint.
What a party it was! Peter's dad's home is about 50miles North of Melbourne. We rented a car at the airport and drove straight there. Afterwards we drove into Melbourne and checked into the hotel we stayed at.
The Victoria Market in Melbourne is both a landmark and a fixture in this city. The sheer size and scope of the market cannot be shown in photos. Here are just two showing some of the fine produce on offer there.
One thing that struck us about Melbourne was the fabulous amount of construction underway. In this photo (showing only a small part of the skyline) you can count at least 6 cranes on different properties.
Jonah and Kate huddle at a windblown scenic lookout. We did several hikes in the Grampians, none more then 2 miles. Jonah loved it and was always in front leading the way. At the end of each we were never disappointed by the view.
Jonah had a wonderful time with all the animals. This photo was taken on the back patio of our motel! This cow pasture abutted the hotel property and one evening a few cows and this bull came over and Jonah fed them suculent young plants from our side of the fence.