Monday, March 20, 2006

Lovely time away

Hayden and I drove up to Cairns for the weekend, a couple of hundred kilometers north from Townsville. We thought it would be nice to get away for a relaxing weekend, and see a bit more of beautiful Tropical North Queensland.

This is Mission Beach which is, as we speak, getting whipped by Cyclone Larry.

When we got home last night, the weather bureau still wasn't sure at which point Larry was going to cross the coast. The radio implored us to prepare for the worst, so we stocked up on petrol, water, milk and tinned peaches. I know that the traditional tinned item to stock up on is baked beans, and indeed, the local news showed us pictures of the empty baked beans shelves in the supermarkets. But really, is that the best thing you can think of to eat cold from the can for days, when the power goes and everyone's stranded? No, the peaches are a much better option.

Larry has now been downgraded to a Category 4, so it seems that the worst has passed. I'll be back soon to tell you about what else happened on the weekend.

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