Upon some reflection on our holiday, it was a damn good one. There, that’ll do won’t it? No, you want details…..
In summary, we had six days on the Gold Coast and a theme park fun pass to use within five of those days so as you can imagine we were busy. Seaworld was the first port of call because I knew that was the closest and the easiest to get to. I’d booked JJ into the Kids Club at the hotel at 4.30pm that afternoon so we had to leave about 3pm or so to get back but after having been there for five hours I was glad to leave. We traipsed around that park for those five hours and hardly sat down to just relax.
We went on rides through volcanoes and tunnels that involved just a bit more water than I would have liked. We went on the corkscrew rollercoaster twice and the scariest part for me was the corkscrew part that happens twice in very quick succession. The ride is over so quickly you’re not quite sure what happened. We didn’t do the jet rider one. We saw the dolphin show, had a front row seat at the lunchtime water ski comedy 50s act. We rode the monorail twice and the skyrail once. The polar bears were asleep. I shed a tear during the dolphin show from a combination of the music and the gorgeousness of dolphins. I wondered how the dolphin trainers get a job there. Phew, we did a lot and that was just part of day 1.
A couple more photos below.
Rewind to the day before though. We left home at 7.30am to catch the plane after having spent the previous afternoon at an AFL football match. It’s hard work being a footy yobbo but I think we all played the part quite well. The direct flight from Adelaide to the Gold Coast is a good one and I wouldn’t fly there any other way unless I was absolutely desperate. We arrived at the Gold Coast just as the marathon was finishing so when I told the bus transfer desk person where we were going she said because of road closures we’d have to be dropped off at the next suburb and walk a kilometre. At first I thought she was joking but she wasn’t. When I asked the bus driver he said, no problem, he’d drop us off right round the corner and we wouldn’t have to walk a kilometre. Phew! Even with wheely suitcases, they’re quite heavy, and that’s without the hand luggage, including for some reason my laptop. All I used my laptop for was to add photos ready for uploading to Flickr and I hardly managed to do that. Laptop’s staying home next time!
When we got to our room JJ was really excited to inform me that there was a hair dryer in the bathroom and I was glad to see two beds so we didn’t have to sleep together and listen to each other grind their teeth and snore. We stayed at one of those full-on kiddy/family resorts and if you were child-free you would not want to stay there because it was a festival of children. Unfortunately the children took over the spa so there was not even respite from them there. I told one kid that if he kept splashing he’d be out and it wasn’t even my own child.
When I started this post I thought I’d do a quick few sentences and pop in a few photos but it’s turned out longer than I expected and we’re only on day two.
Speaking of photos I took my new camera with me and I wouldn’t have been able to get some of the photos I got with my old camera. I love that I can turn the camera on and it’s ready to go very quickly. I also love the continual shoot. Now, to get off the AV setting and explore a bit more will be the next step.
If you want to see more photos I’m gradually uploading them to Flickr.
There’s so much more that I’ll have to save it for subsequent posts but what I do want to say before I forget is how I felt myself acting when I got back Monday evening. It was action stations and I was barking orders like a sargeant until I realised that I was only acting like that because of the horrible thought of being back in the routine and doing the daily drudge. I’m trying to change my attitude to how I react to each day from a sometimes negative one to a more positive one and to try not to sweat the small stuff. I’ve slightly changed our routine for the rest of this week and the wheels haven’t fallen off but I’m more relaxed than when I got back Monday night. Let’s wait and see what happens when school starts back, and sport, and scouts……..