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Photo Gallery - January 2003 

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Jonah's teacher holds up a story Jonah worked on.

 

 

 

 

 

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 braces to keep the tanks from moving forward. They are already braced in the other 2 possible directions they could move but for some reason no support was provided to prevent forward movement.

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

The boats have no engines of course and had to tack out of the marina fairway to get to the main channel. These photos were taken from aboard the Queen Jane in the slip.

 

 

 

 

Occasionally one of the boats would get to close to the fishing boats (or worse, the yachts on the opposite pier) and have to fend off.

 

 

 

 

 

A reflecting pool in downtown Sydney, New South Wales. We spent about 5 days in Sydney and had a lovely time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A walkway in the center of Hyde Park, Sydney.

 

 

 

 

 

A fountain in Hyde Park, Sydney. We were especially captivated by this oasis of coolness and shade in the otherwise hot, dry weather we expeirenced while in Sydney.

 

 

 

 

 

Kate and Jordan in Hyde Park, photo taken by Jonah.

 

 

 

 

 

Jonah struggles with the gigantic binoculars at the Sydney Sky Tower.

 

 

 

 

 

Sydney as viewed from the Sky Tower. This photo shows an Australian troop ship as well as several large piers and other waterfront features.

 

 

 

 

 

The Sydney Skytower ovservation deck.

 

 

 

 

 

Another photo of Sydney showing Sydney Harbor from the Sky Tower.

 

 

 

 

 

An old church (St. Mary's I think) as seen from the Sky Tower.

 

 

 

 

 

Jonah relaxing on the aft deck of the Sydney Harbor cruise ferry.

 

 

 

 

 

The famous Sydney Opera House and Sydney Bridge behind it as seen from our harbor tour ferry.

 

 

 

 

 

Some Australian Naval vessels tied up at the naval base and repair wharves.

 

 

 

 

 

The first in a series of photos of beautiful homes along the shores of the immense Sydney Harbor.

 

 

 

 

 

Another beautiful home quite close to the city.

 

 

 

 

 

One of the many nice little neighborhoods in Sydney with its own cove this one  with many boats anchored in it.

 

 

 

 

 

This really cool house has its own docks and spans at least 3 levels.

 

 

 

 

 

The last shot in the series of Sydney Harbor homes.

 

 

 

 

 

Another shot of one of Sydney's lovely neighborhoods.

 

 

 

 

 

Syndey's skyline as seen from the harbor.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

Another view of the Darling Harbor complex.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

A waterful in the Chinese Gardens.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another view of the Sydney Opera House this time as seen from the next point to the East. The also famous Sydney Harbor Bridge can be seen right behind the Opera House.

 

 

 

 

Another shot of the Opera House and bridge.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

A waterful in the Blue Mountains. We reached this scenic overlook after a nice mile long hike. The waterful is but a mere trickle due to the massive drought gripping the area.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

The Carpentaria at the National Maritime Museum in Sydney. The Carpentaria was a lightship in the Torres Straits before becomming and exhibit at the museum.

 

 

 

 

Next to the Maritime Museum, this lighthouse and small marina make an especially picturesque scene in the harbor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The antenna farm on the big destroyer at the maritime museum.

 

 

 

 

 

Also at the museum, this submarine was tied up next to the destroyer. Due to a lack of time we did not explore the sub (there was a long line).

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jonah's favorite activity when on vacation (ie. anywhere there is a bath tub).

 

 

 

 

 

Anthony's birthday party. Anthony lives aboard "Juniper", a 55ft Ketch we met in Bundaberg. Anthony's dad, Peter, built Juniper in the back yard at his father's home (in which this party was held).

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

This shot shows a wonderful array of colorful fruit. Aside from produce, the market offers clothing, shoes, belts, hats, etc., etc. as well as tourist crap like boomerangs and the like.

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

After spending some time in Melbourne we rented another car and drove NW to the Grampians National Park where we found (next to a mostly dried up lake) this mysterious rectangular pool.

 

 

 

 

This photo shows Kate and Jonah walking toward the (semi-dried up) lake.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Another fabulous lookout scene in the Grampians.

 

 

 

 

 

The last shot of the Grampians. In this view you can see a lake in the distance (not the same dried-up one mentioned above).

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

Wow that thing is big. Get away from there, NOW Jonah! Yikes.