Thursday 29th April 2004
Alone again.... Today was the end of the visit of Travis and Lana
after six great days having them in Canberra with us. As with Kym
and Lee's visit to Hobart, we were sorry to see them go but all
must come to an end sometime.
We had to be up and ready to leave for the airport by about 8:am
as the plane departed at 9:15am. The decision was not to have breakfast
as Travis and Lana had some time in Melbourne waiting for the connecting
flight to Perth and would use that time for important things like
eating. They were ready to go on time so after a bit of a chat,
we loaded the luggage into the Patrol and headed off for the airport
at about 8:15pm. There was a bit of a bank up of traffic at one
point and 'one of us' was just starting to get ready with the camel
drivers tongue, but fortunately for the other vehicle drivers,
the road cleared before she got started.
The airport was not very busy so there was not any waiting in
line to check luggage in, but there was a souvenir shop open and
that meant there had to be another shopping spree. Then it was
time to go through the security check in door and Travis must have
looked a bit shifty (or maybe it was because the alarm beeped,
but looking shifty sounds better!!!) because they pulled him aside
and waved a wand all over him before letting
proceed. We all proceeded through the security checks and went
up to the departure lounge where we had a bit longer to say farewell
before they had to board the aircraft.
The boarding call was made and although 'one of us' was feeling
very sad, she managed to hold back the tears as we watched the
aircraft taxi down the runway and finally take to the air.
When we left the airport we took a drive out to Queanbeyan and
then through to Tuggeranong before returning to the caravan park
via Woden, Western Creek and Canberra City. This was an interesting
drive but we didn't find the area of Canberra that was hit by the
worst bush fires last year. However we did find a service station
selling diesel for 91.9 cents per litre, which was almost ten cents
than some of the service stations so we filled up with fuel in
readiness for tomorrows journey.
Once back in the caravan park 'one of us' did the washing whist
the 'other one' packed up the chairs, tables portable fridge
and BBQ, then prepared the Patrol for moving on in the morning.
This sort of thing takes quite some time to do because there are
so many other caravanners that stop and talk about their travels
and enquire about ours, but it has all been done and the morning
will see us moving back up past Yass and heading through Cowra
to a destination yet to be decided.