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Kayak adventure camping at Dugong beach Whitsundays



Sunday morning bush walk at Mt Coo-tha

Up early to feed the dog and chickens before we set off for our walk with the Brisbane Bush walking club. There were 11 of us walking through Mt Coo-tha for the morning. Tony and Christine lead the way through the many tracks in the area, briefing us on different aspects of the park. We had morning tea at a little used but lovely picnic area, followed by rock scrambling for those of us who wanted a challenge. We returned to the car before lunch. Clubs can be a great way to explore an area with those who know it well. Thank you Christine and Tony for your conversation and local hints and tips. Back to our house-sit we go for a relaxing Sunday afternoon.

Kayaking deep water bend on North Pine Creek, Brisbane.

We went for a kayak on the North Pine River at Bald Hills Brisbane with the wooden boat association today. There were 6 kayaks that set off from the Deep Water bend boat ramp. Four of the kayaks had been built by members of the club out of wood and looked quite good and different from the fiberglass sea kayak we have. We paddled for about 2 hours before we stopped for lunch. It was a relaxing day as we chatted to a couple, finding out that they had built a number of small wooden boats.

Power - Solar panels

We were not generating enough power on the boat for our needs, we had to decide what to do. We needed enough power to run a fridge, power tools, two laptops and mobiles, a vacuum cleaner, electric toothbrush and occasionally an inverter. A 40 watt panel came with the boat which powers the bilge and it does its job. We have a 100 watt panel which was not producing enough power for our basic needs, so Kevin purchased a 200 watt panel from ebay for $175. The panel is temporarily secured to the top of the boat cabin. We have potential power production of 300 watts which appears to be enough to meet our current power requirements. We are now producing the power but don't have batteries with a l