on the strand…

A slightly cloudy Monday morning began with a discussion of what to do for the day. We have set (and paid for) plans for Wednesday evening, but the rest of them are slightly up in the air. We finally decided that a walk down The Strand in the morning, followed by an afternoon shopping at Castletown Shoppingworld would be a good idea.

At first, we had trouble finding the main part of The Strand, walking in the wrong direction, to see the Marina and the ANZAC Memorial Park. ANZAC stands for the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, which found in WWI.

We were glad we stumbled across the Memorial Park. It’s always a good thing to remember how our boys have fought for our freedoms, from time out of mind, until now. One of the memorials commemorated the Battle of the Coral Sea, which both Aussies and Americans fought in. Hence, the memorial having the Great Seal of the United States and the Australian Coat of Arms pictured in gold upon it.

I really liked what some of the memorials had to say. And it took us a little while to notice, but one of them has an everlasting flame burning above it. Since it was daytime, it was difficult to see.

After reviewing the map, we walked in the other direction, and paused to wonder what it would be like to live in a house overlooking a cliff, with a waterfall pouring over the edge.

The Strand is a nice path that parallels the beach, and it goes for a long way. We only walked about half of it. As we first stepped onto the beach, we watched a red water plane do some loop-de-loops, and then headed back to the path. No one was swimming, because this is the time of year that marine stingers are a danger… though we were also told that the arrival of the stingers hadn’t been announced in the papers yet. So maybe the current’s bad, too.

We admired the view of Magnetic Island, as we walked along. We’ll be visiting that island, on Wednesday, and then we’ll go on a sunset kayaking trip. Swimming and snorkeling are also on the agenda.

One stop on our walk had me examining some Cook Pines up close, as I’d always wondered what their “needles” looked like. The trees resemble combs (at least, to me they do), but in order for the “needles” to be so easy to see, they had to be thicker than a normal pine needle.

We finished up with a cool looking jetty, with a glorious view of Magnetic Island, and then when you turn around, you get a good look at Castle Hill. Not in the mood for hiking it, as it’s REALLY hot out lately, we plan to drive up it tomorrow. Don’t worry, we’ll be getting some exercise on a morning bike ride. Oh, and I think we’re going to a museum and the Aquarium.

When we got back to the car, we rewarded ourselves by walking across the street to the Gelatissimo, where Imogen enjoyed some mango, passionfruit, and vanilla gelato and I had chocolate chip, tiramisu, and vanilla. It was all delicious, but I still wonder why the vanilla tasted like eggnog.

Before we left, we passed a little fair that was about to open, advertising a real Bethlehem to visit before Christmas. We found the sign to be somewhat funny. And then, for the next few hours, we went shopping, and then came back to the house for a dip in the pool. A delightful feeling, after a very warm day!

But I guess that’s all for now. I’m on vacation, so now that I’ve finished my latest book, I can start another one, and stay up as late as I want to read it!   : )

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