Xmas eve is traditionally a superb time to catch up with friends in Cowra. The evening is rivalled only by the Cowra Picnic Race day. The Imperial Hotel is an old favourite and was the first venue. The evening included a trip to the Lachlan Valley hotel. Coops and Garth are shown enjoying the evening in this photograph. Of course, the evening concluded at the Townhouse Hotel. It was a fun evening and I enjoyed catching up and chatting to lots of my old friends even if the conversations are now a little hazy...
A trip to Merimbula and Tathra, and some fish and chips rounded out the trip to the Sapphire coast. Jenny and I swam until the beginnings of a storm were whipping up at Tathra then we were on our way home!
Our next trip is to Cowra tomorrow afternoon - so we're looking forward to seeing you guys when we get in and over the next few days too.
As well on Tuesday, we trekked through a national park for a bit over a kilometre to visit Bourna Island, shown here. The cold currents batter the island rather a bit, so we weren't able to do a lap around it. As well, some rather large jellyfish were visiting the area and my budgie-smugglers seemed a very chancy protection against them. Notably, I did see a tuna that must have followed the cool currents. As well, Jenny and I examined the small cave on the island, close to the isthmus that connects it to the mainland.
Snorkelling around Tathra point was awesome on Tuesday. The water was incredibly clear, probably because there was only a gentle breeze.
Late on Monday afternoon, Jenny and I came across a little reptilian head poking out of the sand while we were snorkelling. I wasn't game to go to near for fear of the monster attatched to that snake-like head. All along I had nothing to fear for it was just a little fish hiding. Jenny and I haven't found out their common name yet, so we just refer to them as "sanke-head fish". Monday was also the day for crabs! My warning to Jenny about looking out for crabs saved her as she was climbing back in to the water. If she hadn't checked with her mask, she would have climbed onto a family of big crabs!
Tuesday was the best day for snorkelling. We came across a cuttlefish, some octopus, schools of many different species of fish. Unfortunately, I don't have an underwater camera so a shot of the beached whale above will suffice?
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