are settling into “Marina” life – again! Bundaberg is not the most
exciting destination. It is somewhat of a cross between the Iowa and Florida –
farmland on the ocean. The city is like any large Midwestern city complete with
a Kmart, Target, multiple Blockbusters in town and assorted strip malls on the
outside of town. The downtown is an anemic retail area with many vacancies. The
marina provides a free van twice a day to take you in as the marina is 6 miles
outside of town. I feel like this is more American than New Zealand. I am not
thrilled with the area but we are really focusing on getting some boat stuff
down and at least we have no detractions from our work.
have rented a beachside condo for next week when we put the boat on the hard –
up on land – while we paint the bottom and do some shaft work. Read Jordan’s
journals for in-detail information on this. A regatta from Vanuatu came in this
week and there are lots of kids around suddenly. Thank god - it was a bit
desperate for Jonah around here with no kids. He seems to miss kids more when we
are at a marina than when we are out cruising.
cruising crowd around Australia ie. local costal cruisers are definitely a
retiree crowd. The boats coming in from Vanuatu and New Caledonia are more
mixed. We have new neighbors, Juniper, skippered by Peter and his wife Joanna
and the “crew” Anthony, 6, and Ella, 3. Joanna thinks there weren’t a lot
of kids out there this year but it tends to be a very subjective experience.
Jonah is thrilled to have a little boy right next door. He is ramping up on
those dormant social skills. A little girl from a Kiwi boat down the dock is
whipping Jonah into shape.
I don’t know if I really like the area. I prefer places that are either more sophisticated or places that are much more wild and untouched. I am looking forward to seeing more places in Australia.