As we’re planning to stay here at Cotton Tree in Maroochydore for at least a couple of weeks, we won’t necessarily be doing a daily blog entry, but will provide updates when more interesting things happen. Here’s a quick update of the main events of the last few days.
Ann and Faye took off for a bit of power walking around Maroochydore at 7.30 am. Downunda wanted to go to Aldi to buy an electric car & caravan jack they had on special so I went along. We arrived at the store about 8.00 am and by the time the doors opened at 8.30 am the car park was full and the queue stretched for what seemed to be forever. Downunda had to elbow his way through the crowd and managed to get the last available jack – there were only about 8 on sale in the store. He is very pleased with his purchase. I wish that I had taken a photo of the bedlam!
After a brief stop at the caravan park we then headed off to the caravan accessory store. On Friday night we had a minor disaster in the fiver when the hanging rail in our wardrobe fell down; obviously as a combination of overloading and rough roads. Unfortunately the caravan place didn’t have a replacement rail so we did a bit of panel beating on the old one to straighten it out. Drilling double the number of holes and reattaching the rail with some bigger screws seems to have fixed that problem. Both Ann and I did, however, reduce the amount of clothes hanging in the wardrobe – just in case.
Happy Hour in Maroochydore is at the very civilized time of 4.00 pm, because the sun goes down a bit after 5.00 pm and it gets a bit chilly outside. Downunda and Faye have stayed at this park several times and know quite a few fellow travellers so we have met lots of new people quite quickly.
Downunda and I started our morning walk at 7.00 am and enjoyed a good long walk around Cotton Tree, Picnic Point and surrounds. Ann and Faye left on their walk a little later. Our walks coincided with the Sunshine Coast Marathon, which meant that roads were closed to traffic. This is obviously a very popular event and there were hundreds of runners of all different ages and abilities. There was a full marathon and a half marathon, and a couple of shorter events as well, with plenty of people to cheer on the runners.
After breakfast we headed off to the Cotton Tree Market, which also meant that roads were closed off. There were plenty of people, some very interesting stalls, and a couple of very different but amazing musician buskers.
We had originally planned to arrive today but Faye had alerted us about the market and marathon and we sure are glad we checked in early as getting here today with the road closures would have been a disaster!
The rest of the day was spent chatting, doing housework, reading the papers, etc until it was time for happy hour, meeting more people and another beautiful sunset.