great campspot with walks, waterfalls and creeks for swimming in. We had a fun weekend (and only got a little bit wet!!)!
Sunday, May 29, 2011
Monday, May 23, 2011
This was the sky that greeted us on our first evening at Cardwell. You probably can't see well from the photo, but there were rainbow colours coming out from behind the clouds. We have never seen anything like it. It was just spectacular! Thanks again God, your creation is just amazing!
This is part of the New Life Pastures campsite at Kennedy (just out of Cardwell). We worked here for 2 weeks with Graham and Gloria, the MMM Townsville managers and another MMM volunteer from Cairns. An older couple run the campsite and were feeling very overwhelmed by the damage done by cyclone Yasi and all the repairs needed to be done. Hopefully we've helped out a bit and lightened their load. A church camp comes in this weekend.
The campsite manager was keen for some help in burning all the timber lying around from the cyclone. There were many of these huge bonfires to burn. Trees blown over and stripped bare were a common site around Cardwell as well as tarps on roofs waiting for repair. They really got hit hard and the process of recovering is taking a very long time.
Monday, May 9, 2011
We took a day trip to Paluma NP. It took about an hour to get there from Townsville. We stopped in at this gorgeous spot at Little Crystal Creek for a swim. We couldn't get over just how beautiful and peaceful it was. We sat and enjoyed it for a long time!
We went on a walk through the rainforest. A lot of this walk was along the edge of the mountain range and what was left of the trees had been badly damaged by cyclone Yasi. Further into the walk where it was more protected, was still ok. The girls found this vine and thought it would be perfect for a swing!!! Of course it would!
As a thankyou for the work we'd done for them, Townsville Baptist Church treated us to a day out on Magnetic Island. It was perfect weather, and after a short 35min trip over from Townsville, we had arrived. It is called the island of beautiful bays and it didn't take us long to find out why.
We had a top day out!!
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
In Townsville we stay at the Baptist Church. They had some damage done by cyclone Yasi and were happy for some help. Our first job was to put up new sheeting here that had been ripped off from the wind. I was Chris's sidekick and he was happy to put a drill in my hand and put me straight to work!! Chris also fixed a few other things around the church which included some brickwork, painting etc, etc....
We were told while we were in Townsville we should go to 'The Strand'. It was a stunning strip along the coast. This is the rockpool which is at one end and a walk/bike track runs along the coast with parks,cafes and great views the whole way. We love that it's really easy to drive around Townsville and even at such a lovely spot at the beach on a Saturday, we could get a parking spot!!