Double Island Clean Up
Last weekend a number of hardy souls ventured off to Double Island Point for the beach clean up despite the horrible weather forecast. Friday morning Jim and Jay, Mick, Eddy and Chris met on the beach and headed off to search for a suitable camp site close to the Beach Clean up HQ. Shortly after driving onto the beach Jim heard a “clunk” sound so stopped to investigate. Deduced that it might be faulty free wheeling hubs so spent the rest of the weekend in 2WD. We were lucky enough to see a number of whales heading south as we were heading up the beach. We found a suitable site and set up our tents and Jim and Jay set up the van. Managed to have a paddle in the surf as conditions were quite mild on Friday morning and into the afternoon. Had a bit of a clean up around our camp site and spent the rest of the day relaxing. Trevor and Eser were next to arrive later in the afternoon. Trevor promptly commenced to set up the “quick” set up tent. Due to a mismatch of poles the “quick” setup took a little longer than it should have but eventually (1 1/2hours later) camp was set. We dug a pit and got a fire going. Shorty after this rain started falling so we sat around the fire under our umbrellas. Kev and Julie arrived just on sunset and set up their van in no time. Dinner was had and we all spent an enjoyable couple of hours around the camp fire.
Saturday morning we all got up and had breakfast, watched a large pod of dolphins just off shore (and more whales) and waited for any other hardy souls to arrive for the clean up. Just prior to 9:00am Stan and Jo, Brendan, Kirby and Kids turned up but no sign of Frank Everett. We headed off to the Liesha Track and commenced our clean up. Once the track had been cleaned we continued around the bay side. We were headed towards Rainbow Beach when Frank finally caught up with the group. Appears he was extra late due to leaving his bedding at home and had to turn around and get it. After a bit more cleaning up around the bay we ended up in Rainbow Beach. It was quite busy as there was a surf carnival on. After a bit of shopping we all met at the Fresh Water Track and headed off on a pleasant drive to Fresh Water. The rain started to set in during the drive. After a quick comfort stop at Fresh Water we all headed back to Clean up HQ to drop off our bags of rubbish.
We were gathered back at camp for a few drinks and lunch when the rain really started. We all found shelter under the club marquee to ride out the storm. Last to arrive Frank decided that he would be first to leave as he was not interested in setting up camp in the rain so we bade him farewell. Next to call it quits was Brendan and family as the kids were not having much fun trying to stay warm and dry. Stan and Jo had setup their swag but as the weather deteriorated they too decided to pack up and head off.
As the rain eased those of us still at camp headed off to Clean up HQ for the BBQ and raffle and some free beer. Unfortunately no one won anything with the raffle but we did get a ferry pass each. We all headed back to camp, got a fire going and did the usual camp fire things, drink and talk until around 8:30pm when we all headed for bed. The rain bucketed down during the night. Trevor was first up and had packed and headed off by 6:00am taking advantage of a dry spell. Eddy and Chris (writers of this report) also packed up early trying to beat the rain. Mick also packed early. Mick found that his tent wasn’t entirely water tight but luckily for him he was sleeping up off the ground so remained dry unlike the floor of his tent. Eddy and Chris departed at 7:30am which left Mick, Jim and Jay and (Kevin and Julie who had not surfaced by this time) at camp. We will leave it to one of these to fill us all in on how their departure eventuated.
Another great effort by our club in assisting the Surfrider Foundation with cleaning up Double Island point.