Two weeks ago today we went to Port Adelaide to the Maritime Museum and then did some real touristy stuff afterwards. It’s kind of comforting being a tourist in your own town. You know that your car is parked not far away and you’re not too far from home where there is a comfortable bed.
After the Maritime Museum, and watching the pirate show (I also took photos of this but it warrants its own post), we decided to climb this lighthouse. The lighthouse is quite small and there’s a small set of narrow spiral stairs going up through the middle. Somehow the up and down traffic sorts itself out and waits where necessary. I was wearing a swirly skirt which was fine until I climbed the ladder bit at the end and the wind blew my skirt up. This was okay going up, but coming down I found out there was a group of people waiting to go up so goodness knows what sort of view they got.
We had a good view up the top of the lighthouse and we also had a good view of the dinosaur sand sculptures. I had planned on paying to go in and see this but after seeing it from the lighthouse decided not to. Instead we did the Port River dolphin cruise which cost half the price and occupied us for one and a half hours. We even saw a couple of dolphins. JJ also got talking to and playing with a couple of boys.
I love it how kids usually don’t have inhibitions to meet other kids, although for some reason this doesn’t seem to happen at school. I’ve noticed a couple of times JJ go up to kids he doesn’t know and start talking to them when we’re out and about. He gets on fine with them but at school I think because of his sometimes being silly he’s earned himself a reputation as a kid that others just don’t want to play with. Just to digress slightly from being a tourist in our own town JJ was very excited this week because he and another boy who’ve been in the same class since they started school 18 months ago have started playing together. This other boy has realised that JJ is not a bully and is okay to play with. He’s even said he’d invite JJ to his birthday, which probably won’t be for another few months as they are very close in age I imagine and by then might be back to non-friends.
Back to the cruise. I love being out on boats. I love the different view you get than from a car or from walking and I just love the peacefulness of the water, despite being on a boat run by an engine.