Thursday, September 30, 2010

Barge & snorkeling the East side






The barge came in today, and with it is some groceries for Tropical Soul. We have had a break in the very windy conditions, but couldn't go due to the delivery of our groceries. Instead we took advantage of the calmer winds and ventured to the Eastern side of the island. Had a little fish, but no luck in that area. We did however stop in for a snorkel on our way back, and found a beautiful reef to snorkel, and dive as the ledge just drops off to about 40 feet of water. Makes for some really interesting snorkeling and I would think some excellent diving. Visibility was GREAT!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Full Moon over MT. Cook




We're still here at Lizard Island. Had a day of showers yesterday, but still went a shore for sundowners on the beach and met new people as we do. Life is still good here. Just waiting for the winds to change so we can either head out to outer reef, or start to make our way South depending on when the change comes. It blows a CONSTANT 20/25 knots here mostly from the SE. We have a few supplies coming on the barge this Wed. How cool is that to sit here in a beautiful anchorage, and order groceries online at Coles to be delivered on a barge that comes fortnightly. The barge comes to bring supplies for the resort and research station.
That's all for now.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

More on Lizard Island






Well it looks like a fair few of you don't have facebook, so we will keep the blog going. :o)
Today we had a bit of a walk around the island. 3 hours later we are back at the boat resting up for sundowners this afternoon. Hard life I know. I actually haven't been in for sundowners for 3 days now, Bruce went in for one with the gang night before.
Weather still doing it's usual blowing 25 knots with some higher gusts keeping us well powered, cool, and able to make water without the engine or the genie which is a bonus! Full tanks and laundry done too!
We ended up on the windward side today, so another picture of the beautiful lagoon. never et tired of seeing that for sure. I'm quite relaxed and happy to be here for a while longer. Nothing on the Queensland Coast beats this place in my eyes!
I've attached a photo of the little airport departure/arrival lounge. There is a very exclusive resort here, and this is how the guests come onto the island. Photo of Tropical Soul.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Mt.Cook


This is the mountain we climbed to the top of.

Lizard Island 20/09






snorkeling in the Blue Lagoon was outstanding! Bruce and I were in the water for about 4 hours. We checked out 3 different spots and there was still more to see. Hopefully we will get another chance as it is quite rough there in the prevailing SE winds. Top photo is the first spot, 2nd pic is the Crown of Thorns, 3rd white tip reef shark, 4th a reef fish, and 5th a round piece of brain coral.

Blue lagoon





Tuesday, September 14, 2010

making changes

We are thinking of discontinuing this blog. I would LOVE some feed back from those of you that are following the blog. We have set up a facebook page, so if you are on facebook and would like to follow us there find Tropicalsoul Symons and we can become friends.
Looking forward to some response. You can leave comments under anonymous if you wish to.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

sunset @ Lizard & monster fish




We FINALLY had a beautiful sunset. It has been months since we've seen a good sunset! The monster fish, I will look it up, but I think it was a cod of some kind, and although the photo doesn't show it's size it was HUGE! About 5 foot long and fat! It was swimming away from me, but when we first saw it it was right under us. Just couldn't get my finger on the right button to snap the photo!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

What a day!






To top the day off everyone and I mean everyone from the anchorage came to shore tonight at 5:30 and we had a potluck dinner. Was a Great night! The reason Capt. Cook named this island, was a one time an abundance of these lizards, and the bottom a kapok flower.

walk to top of Mt. Cook






Bruce and I walked up to the top of Mt. Cook. This is where Capt. James Cook climbed to see where he might be able to make his way out through the outer reefs. He actually had to walk it twice as the first time it was to hazy. We picked a good day as most of the time it can be hazy here. Today the sun was shining the the skies were mostly clear.
It was the hardest walk I've ever done. I had to stop about a dozen times on the way up as my heart was pounding out of my chest.
Top photo is us at the top, then the view from the top, and the others were taken at different stages of the climb, good reasons to stop and catch my breath. $th one down is called the Blue Lagoon. We will be there on Monday to have a snorkel around the reefs.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

At our back door




Top photo if you look into the dark patch you will see a puffer fish staring up at me it's lips are whitish in color, more nemo's, and a Coral Trout. This all swimming from the boat to the reef behind us.