Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Walk, swim, walk, swim, etc

There's so many great walks on Magnetic Island, most of them leading to yet another lovely bay to swim or snorkel in.

As we sailed across the other day, the sea was awash with tons of coral spores. There was an accumulation of them in Florence Bay yesterday creating some spectacular colours  - blues, greens and reds - on the beach and in the water, though the stuff on the beach was a little smelly and the colours looked better through sunglasses.
All up we walked up and down hills for about 12 kms yesterday exploring Florence and Radical Bays along the way.
Radical Bay is picture perfect with waving palms on a sandy beach and turquoise water.
And then, of course, there is lovely Horseshoe Bay where we are anchored. When we arrived  on Sunday evening I counted 38 boats at anchor. That number is probably halved now but I'm sure the weekend will see another influx. It's a good chance to catch up with people we've met somewhere along the coast.
Last night there were mysterious navigation lights playing out around the south-west corner of the bay and we figured the vessels must have been part of the military exercise going on in Halifax Bay at the moment.
We woke this morning to a small flotilla of Army ducks tied up together in the bay so our guesses were correct.
Military versus catamaran
Today the bay is as calm as could be and we have shifted anchor to prepare for a predicted strong south-easterly blast tomorrow. On Friday we'll make our way across to Townsville, with friends on board for the sail across.
In the meantime, we'll continue with the walk, swim routine. It's a very nice way to spend a day.

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