Sunday 31st July 2016, Caboolture.
A lovely week was had at Clontarf, with not doing a great deal, just relaxing. The walking track did get a fair bit of use though, but for the rest of the time there was never any intention to do much at all. We learned a couple of things that we need to do before heading off again, like a couple of things we hadn’t packed. We did not take the awning and for the first few days while the weather was hot, would you believe that Queensland was classed to have had a heat wave, but for the last few days it would have been nice to have a wall or two up to block out the cold wind so we wouldn’t have had to spend so much time inside. I am going to have to give a fair consideration to what we are going to do for internet connection whilst travelling because with the advent of using windows 10, and cloud storage, I find I am using a lot more data than before. I don’t know that I am prepared to just go off for another week like this again as I really did miss the comfort of home, but if we have somewhere specific to go, like visit Peter in Rockhampton, then there would be no problem. In fact, I think I am looking forward to taking the van to Melbourne again this Christmas, and take a bit of time to have a look at an area we have not seen, or would like to return to.
Friday 22nd July 2016, Clontarf.
We have once again packed up the van and gone for a week away. A trip to Clontarf, about 40K away is all we have done, but we look at it as if it may as well be 1000K, we are not home and we are at the beach. We arrived here yesterday and will be here for a week of doing nothing. We have been here before, a couple of years ago, and still it is a reasonably priced park, as are all the Moreton Bay council parks. This is demonstrated by the fact that the only reason we got in here is because just before I rang up to book someone had cancelled, and the park is completely full.
We are readjusting to life in the caravan, as it is different this time being short term hauls. We have to decide what we need to take instead of getting in all we have. We must get used to doing without a lot of things, such as all the tools I used to carry. I have to get used to not doing any work while away as it is regarded as holiday now. Other things have changed as well such as Internet access, we have now connected to NBN at home and cancelled the mobile broadband we did have, so now we have basically nothing portable, except for the small amount of data on our phones, so it is a test to see how we manage, and whether or not we are going to need something else. Telstra air could be another option except it is so slow, and we don’t have any here in the park, and I do not intend chasing it.