Tuesday, July 20, 2004

Scout Group Update!

We had a pretty big night at the Scout Group the other night. The event was a mass investiture ceremony, where kids from each section were either invested or moved up to the next section.

There were plenty of kids there, which demonstrated the strength of the group, as well as lots of parents, which is a great sign that the group is recieving the support it needs from the parents involved.

I also got a good chance to speak with the District Leader, who I spoke to regarding the state of the districts Venturer section, and he seemed to have several good ideas on making it work better, both for the kids and the leaders.

We were due to have a Venturer invested on the night but unfortunately due to some school commitments he was unable to make it. The good news for him is that I guess we can come up with an even more exciting way to invest him.

Monday, July 12, 2004

Keppel Island, at last!!

Finally, over a year of being in Yeppoon, I finally got across to Great Keppel Island.

Thijs, a Dataflex programmer from Holland who's been working with us the last few weeks, and I took the 9:00am ferry to the island for a day of snorkeling. After speaking to one of the locals, we determined that Monkey Beach was the best spot on the island to snorkel (that's within walking distance for a day trip anyway).

We headed off towards this beach, following a track that took us along the edge of the runway. Eventually we ended up at a beach called Long Beach, which was really nice, and met an American guy who pointed us towards Monkey Beach. After taking a few photo's, we headed along Long Beach to Monkey Beach.

When we arrived at Monkey Beach we saw that it was a small bay, with a crescent moon shaped patch of Coral Reef to snorkel over. We both but our gear on and jumped in. There were fish everywhere, some very colourful, others a more typical 'scaley' and grey fish. There were a wide variety of types - some had stripes like Zebras, others leopard-type spots, and another that had very similar colours to the Rosella's that fly around the island. We also saw a few big Clams and a couple of Rays. Most of the coral was pretty white, but there were patches of pink, purple, green and blue around the place. The water was quite shallow so there was no diving to get down to the reef, and I guess it would be unsuitable for SCUBA diving as well because of this.

Later that day we just relaxed by the bar, having a few beers and a bit of lunch, as well as admiring the scenery. We took a quick walk up the main 'street' of the island and then caught the 3:00pm ferry back to the mainland. On the way back we were 'buzzed' by the Wild Duck, which is a speed boat for around 25 people who need an extra thrill on their way to and from the island.

Check out the pictures!

Sunday, July 04, 2004

Bluff Point

Today I went for a walk in a section of the Capricorn National Park called Bluff Point. As it's name suggests, it's a bluff, with some awesome views of the surrounding beaches and island.

It's about 15 minutes south of Yeppoon, towards Emu Park. The walk itself takes around 45 minutes to do the loop, and while some sections of the walk are somewhat steep, it's not too taxing on the old legs. There are several lookouts along the walk, one each for the northern and southern aspects, as well as one facing east towards Great Keppell Island, as well as a general one right on the top. I managed to get some great pictures from each of these, so make sure you check them out here.

Bluff Point also has a really nice picnic/BBQ area, which hopefully we'll take advantage of one day soon, and is also right next to Kemp Beach, which is one of the few surf beaches up here in Yeppoon. Don't get your hopes up though all you surfers out there, because the waves pale in comparison to ours in SA, and from what I've seen, you're bound to get more action trying your luck at Glenelg rather than up here!