|Volley ball competitors warming up for tournaments.|
In the US, its comparable to a hurricane coming ashore in New England with us being in Georgia at the time resulting in no risk for us in this area. However, we pray for the safety and well being for all Australian residents as they "batten down the hatches" in preparation for this building cyclone.
|There were many lifeguards on the beach ready for action if necessary.|
|Lots of bathers and surfers enjoying the morning surf.|
|There was a heavy cloud cover with occasional peeks of sun through the clouds.|
As much as we'd like to let such thoughts to escape us today and tonight, its difficult to ignore. Having had these two weeks to imagine the possibilities, we've had ample time to digest and contemplate what may transpire.
|Families at the beach playground reveling in fact it wasn't raining for the first time in weeks.|
|Many luxury condos and apartments line the beach road with small units beginning well over a million dollars.|
We reframed our thinking hoping to gear up for a positive day and began the long walk along Manly Beach's esplanade to be thrilled to see the level of activity and excitement in the popular beach area. A popular annual volleyball tournament was in full swing along with the biggest rash of surfers and swimmers we'd seen anywhere in the world at any given time.
|Volleyball on Manly Beach.|
|Man and child making sand castles on the beach.|
After a stop at the pharmacy in the Corso, we continued to walk toward the wharf where we hoped to catch the free Hop, Skip, Jump bus that would take us back to our Fairlight neighborhood requiring more walking to reach our holiday rental.
|More surfers in the water.|
|Schedule of tournaments for the annual Volley Fest event in Manly Beach.|
|Entrance to Volley Fest activities.|
|Lone surfer on Manly Beach while sun peeking through the clouds.|
Tomorrow, our post will be live later in the day after we return from immigration, especially if "safari luck" kicks in. If we have to leave promptly, we'll post a short notice and will do a complete post once we arrive at the new out-of-the-country destination. Either way, no more than five hours later than usual, some type of post will be uploaded on our current status.
|Bleachers where spectators can watch the competition.|
Photo from one year ago today, March 25, 2016:
|Our favorite cria, Mont Blanc wasn't gaining weight although occasionally he'd munch on a bit of vegetation. We watched his progress daily, only to a sorrowful end some weeks later. For more details, please click here.|