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THE ADVENTURES OF S/V SERENITY AND HER CREW
Darwin Fun and Territory Day
07/16/2012

Our gang waiting for the fireworks show on Mindil Beach.

Darwin Fun and Territory Day
07/16/2012

Don and Bonnie enjoying the Indian and Chinese food at the Mindil Beach Market.

Darwin Fun and Territory Day
07/16/2012

So, what do you think? Is the Darwin sunset worth all the hubbub?

Darwin Fun and Territory Day
07/16/2012

July 1, 2012 We are sooo enjoying Darwin--especially being tied up to the marina. I remember reading other cruiser's blogs that said they were so happy, glad, relieved to be in Darwin after coming up the Queensland coast--we now know why. We thought we had a rough time getting here, but the other boats who have come in after us had it much worse. Claus and Liala on s/v Comedie said that crossing the Gulf of Carpenteria was one of the worse passages they have made since leaving Sweeden! Everyone breathes a sigh of relief when they get here. We rented a car for a week as I (GC) needed to see a doctor. We both saw a dermatologist last February before we returned to Australia and had many skin lesions frozen off. However, one lesion had returned with a vengence on my nose--and Sherry said I needed to see a plastic surgeon due to the location and size of the lesion. In Australia, in order to see a medical specialist you must first see a general practioner for a referral-- even if you are paying with cash. So, after paying $75 to see a g.p.--who said "...yep, you need to see a specialist", we were off to the plastic surgeon. A week later I had stitches on my nose and neck and a week after that the diagnosis was in--squamous cell carcinoma-- a skin cancer. A lesson for all of us out in the sun as the Aussies say 'Cover up and slather up'. So, what do people do for fun in Darwin? (Besides drinking a TON of beer and having skin lesions removed?) Stuck away up here in the Northern Territory-- the Aussie 'Outback'. Well, we found out when we took our friends Don and Bonnie (S/V Minerva) over to Mindil Beach for the Thursday night markets. This was a free 'flea' market with loads of vendors and food stalls. We were amazed at the number of people there on a weekday night--definitely the thing to do in Darwin. But what really amazed us was as the sun approached the horizon it seemed as though everyone headed to the beach. There must have been over a thousand people all standing on the sand--we thought there was going to be chanting, or singing, or something special going on as the sun set. But no, everone just gathered quietly to watch the gorgeous sunset, then they all left--it was a kinda wierd 'meercat' moment. The Thursday night markets are not to be missed--but the July 1st Territory Day celebration at Mindil Beach was awesome. The market was huge and the fireworks after sunset with live music was astounding. We were joined by Mike, Ann, and Ron from s/v Calisto and Ian and Angela from S/V Sea Eagle II on the sand dunes above Mindil Beach for the free show--very cool. We really like Darwin and the wonderful people who make it special and friendly.

Tipperay Waters Marina
07/15/2012

The walk into Darwin from our marina took just a short while down this nice walk-way.

Tipperay Waters Marina
07/15/2012

Serenity in her berth at Tipperary Waters Marina. We would highly recommend this marina mostly due to Rodney the dock/lock master. He will help in any way possible.

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