Monday, February 9, 2009


We arrived in Melbourne early in the afternoon and headed to the Big 4 Caravan Park in Coburg. It was not bad for a big city park and best of all it had a great pool! After we had set up we had a swim which was very refreshing.
We caught up with our daughters, Katie and Nikki, and Nikki's boyfriend Shannon,in the evening, which was great!
On Saturday we caught up with some good friends of ours in the morning. It was very hot, and very windy. We left to meet up with Nikki and Shannon at a shopping centre - coolest place I could think of! Then we all had a long swim in the pool. The weather was amazing and quite scary. I was amazed how nature can cope with the heat - our air conditioning in the van drips water out side, and I noticed that ants had moved their eggs under the van near the water. The water is really cold, so they knew what they were doing! There were heaps of them scurrying backwards and forwards. I found it really fascinating. The eggs would have baked otherwise - I have never experienced such heat!! Sadly we ran over them as we drove the van out of our site. Randall and I listened to the radio to hear horror stories about the fires. We heard one man ring the radio station to say that all of King Lake was burning. I don't think people really realised how bad the situation was until then.
I was a bit concerned about what the crossing in the ferry was going to be like as it was so windy.
We got an 'upgrade' on the boat - the room looked much like any other - however, it had a really big porthole and was right in the middle at the front of the boat. I'm sure that's why I didn't feel the boat rock as much. Iactually slept quite well!
After all the fuss about gas bottles and petrol that we experienced on the way over to the mainland, we gritted our teeth to hand them over this time. Can you believe that we were never even asked about any of that - they were only worried about fruit and vegetables coming into the state!
We were very sorry to finish our holiday - had a wonderful time, and did not get 'cabin fever' the whole time. Luckily it didn't rain much and we lived outside most of the time.
Can't wait for the next time...................................

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