12.37 143.26 Restoration Island 45km on flat hot sea Dave Glasheen is taking good care of me. I will have the day off tomorrow
I had called Dave Glasheen already in Cairns to announce my arrival on his island in ten days. Dave Winkworth gave me his address and phone number as a great pit stop on my way north!
Last night I called him again from Sherrard Islandand told him to put all pet crocs on Restoration Island on a leash for my arrival between 2 and 3pm…and he did! No croc sighting yet, just some scary big logs floating in Lloyd bay off Lockhard River.
The day was hot with no wind going, just the last two hours a light bit of a breeze came up. Time to paddle topless again…those days are harder to take for me than a rough windy day! I had to reach into the water almost every minute to keep me wet, and for sure eventually the open cockpit filled up with water I had to pump out again…actually nice to have always some water sloshing around your legs for additional cooling, despite the added weight…
I was happy about every minute the sun was hiding behind some clouds. The morning it looked like a heavy rain and thunderstorm was coming up, but it stayed behind me and left Cape Weymouth with Sandy Robson’s croc chasing experience in bright lovely sunlight!
As I haven’t had any croc and big shark sighting yet, I feel quite lucky and would like to keep it like that! Dave Glasheen says it’s quite an unusual year, the crocs are not very active, it’s more hot and dry than usual – lucky girl I am!
Restoration Island sounded like a good place to rest a day, and I was promised Dave would be nicely looking after me!
There was a lady from France, Pasquale, for a week a guest on his island, and she and Dave greeted me on the lovely sandy beach! This was really island life…two nice friendly short haired dogs, some creative living areas, and Dave as an island original out of the picture album! Long white hair and beard, he was obviously happy about another solo travelling lady coming up to his island!
He even had a natural pool on his sand spit – guaranteed croc-and shark free! It felt so good floating around for a while, just relaxing…but the freshwater shower felt even better after 10 days in the salty bush.
He greeted me with a glass of white wine, and showed me around the island. He lives quite self-contained with a great choice of fruit trees, plants and fishing possibilities on the doorstep!
Later, Pasquale, Dave and I had dinner on the beach barbecue under the stars. Pasquale gave me a relaxing back massage with French natural Lavender Oil. That’s island life! I’ll stay next day and do office work and update my blog, as Dave has internet access here!