Head in the Clouds
03 September 2021 | Fitzroy Island
Jenny Gaskell | Generally perfect a few days of spiked 25+knots
Remember the ol' saying - You can't see for looking?
Well, I watched this lush mountain swaddled in cloud, morph into the likes of a monochromic spacecraft every day from where we were anchored at Fitzroy Island. I'm not sure if it's Mount Surprise (which would be apt), He Who Hums says it's Cape Grafton. I'd like to think it's Mt Bartle Frere in all its glory, 1611mtrs above sea level, knowing full well it was not high enough.
Fitzroy stands a mere 375mtrs above sea level, and I had the list in my mind of must do's ... the lighthouse/ summit/ rainforest and Nudy beach walks...not Nudie people 👀 "NUDY!". Then there's reef snorkelling and the dining options ... well just two options🤣. Island time for me = cook's nights off!
We were better prepared for the hike since our leaping the gigantic boulders, and rope climbing verticals of Zoe Falls, 430mtrs high. The quads are stronger and I was mentally prepared, as the last time I climbed the 375mtrs above sea level was with you Toni Holt in the pelting rain not so long ago. So we had a sunny day, which was a good start.
Eventually, we perched at the summit with other seafarers, sharing stories and each identifying the specs below, the one the furthest out and facing a different way with the current, was Condesa.
Rightly or wrongly, we chose the route down with more steps than paths, so the ankles and calves certainly felt it the day after.
I was saying how incredible the human brain is, to adjust your footing for each and every uneven step taken. You just have to spot your next move and providing the rock doesn't move..... Bobs your uncle! If not, bruises are there to be had.😝
However, underwater was a different story! I was in heaven, clam spotting along the coral reef. Searching for the vibrant violet and jade frills before they ducked for cover as I swam over. Then, boom! The sunlight caught what my brain hadn't registered. On the right angle, the reef was ablaze with marine life. And I'm talking parrot fish and the stripy variety here. The sort you can't miss, right?
Pedro always said, you need to gaze, not look, if you want to spot marine life. Hmmm, not a bad analogy for life right now. 🤔
He Who Hums and I might be offshore, but we think of our family and friends across this crazy world often. Wherever you may be, we hope you are gazing beyond today.
🥰Sending our love and care across the water.