Belated news that Bruce won the 4km version of the barefoot beach run on Sunday. Celebrations were appropriately muted after second place turned out to be a thirteen year old kid. There was a selection of prizes, and after initially picking up a rival caravan park's stubby cooler Bruce eventually went for a Jamu Massage gift certificate.
We just met the Socceroos' number 1 goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer's best friend of 25 years! He is staying with us and ordered chips and potato cakes. We are justifiably stoked.
In case you hadn't noticed there are a huge number of cyclists in Marcs Park for Cycle Queensland 2013. This basically involves lots of people cycling from Mission Beach to Port Douglas. Click here for the route map in case you're interested. Anyway, there is a special party tonight at Mission Beach Village Green from 6pm until 11pm, which will include live music and refreshments (some alcoholic). There is also a range of events being held at the Cycle Queensland campsite on both Saturday and Sunday, and the Mission Beach Community Arts Centre (located at the campsite) will have wonderful activities including a craft stall, sketching workshop and 'pushbike poetry session'! Which leaves us to tell you readers two things...
* We found this bike for Kevan on Gumtree and picked it up in Cairns today. Seeing as he's 6'3" we had to get the biggest frame possible. http://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/mount-sheridan/bicycles/shogun-katana-road-bike/1026856032
John Parsons finally lands the legendary Kraken. John had this to say about his astonishing feat: "Landing the Kraken was quite an ordeal, at one point he went under the boat and almost dragged me and my mighty rod under with him, but in the end I reeled him in and smote his ruin upon the deck of my tinnie. As he gasped his last gillful of air I thought I could hear a whisper on the ocean, "Curse ye John Parsons, smiter of the great Kraken." It was either that or it was the wind which has been blowing fairly hard in Mission Beach over the last couple of days."
This lady is the real deal. 64-year old Diana Nyad swam across the Florida Straits from Cuba to Key West, completing a 111-mile journey lasting just under 53 hours. On Monday, at her fifth attempt — 35 years after her first — Nyad accomplished what no other athlete has ever done, contending with the threat of bull and tiger sharks, swarms of box jellyfish, as well as squalls and unpredictable Gulf Stream currents, and never once holding onto so much as the side of a dinghy for a rest. Afterwards she said: "I've got three messages, One is we should never, ever give up. Two is you’re never too old to chase your dreams. Three is it looks like a solitary sport, but it is a team."
Without question, the greatest invention in the history of mankind is beer. Oh, we grant you that the wheel was also a fine invention, but the wheel does not go nearly as well with pizza. Since things are starting to quiet down here a little, we have decided to turn some of our attention to making beer. Here is Megan getting started.
And if anyone out there is more interested in beer than their caravan, we found this swap ad on Gumtree... Hurry before someone else gets there...
The Temptations once said: "Papa was a rolling stone, my son. Wherever he laid his hat was his home. (And when he died) All he left us was alone." Well, that's kind of how we feel about all our caravanners who are now headed back south. Sad times. But since some of them will also be free camping in Rollingstone on their way home, we thought it would be a fitting tribute to play nothing but the Rolling Stones all day long (with some Grateful Dead thrown in to mix things up a little).
The Owners of Dunk Island View Caravan Park would like to extend a very warm welcome Claire ad Aaron Medley who have recently taken over the management of the park. Claire and Aaron will be posting updates from time to time on this page. This is the place to find out what's been going on and what exciting things we have coming up...