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Coffs Harbour.

I had more timeshare holidays I had to use. Again I had

Long grass yellow butterfly.
Long grass yellow butterfly.

no takers on the offer to join me. I must be a very bad person to have no one want to come for a week away for free. The only price to pay was to put up with me talking  and maybe my cooking. (Hmmm , it can’t be my cooking so it must be… ?)

I drove to Coffs Harbour this year, it is about five and a half hours north of Sydney. It is a nice drive these days. it is highway all the way, that is if you call the 40kmh 90 degree corners in a few small towns a highway. Well, it has been improved a lot over the years despite the lack of budget and forethought. (just an opinion)

My first day was nice, lots of driving then arrive at the hotel and settle in. Looked up a few things to do online, then consider dinner. I thought being Coffs Harbour and

Cruiser butterfly.
Cruiser butterfly.

being a reasonably major city on the north coast that I could go and have dinner as usual. I was wrong. It was just before 8:30 pm and nearly everywhere was shut. I managed to find an Asian restaurant with some left overs I could buy for dinner. I drove around the town to have a look and see what I recognize since my visit 10 years ago and found it was a ghost town. Not good first impressions.

I woke up the next morning to find I could barely walk, my calf muscles had knotted up so tight that I was unable to walk with a bad limp, this was as bad as being hit by a truck.

Varied Eggfly Butterfly.
Varied Eggfly Butterfly.

I guess the moving house and cleaning has caught up with me. I booked a massage for the afternoon hoping it would help. I went for a drive to town to buy some supplies and waste a bit of time until my massage. It was livelier than the nighty before, i did some window shopping and relaxed a little. I went back to the hotel for the massage and felt better after about an hour. I am not enjoying my stay yet.

I wanted to do something that would not strain my legs, I went for a drive to the butterfly house where they have a collection of butterflies from far north Queensland. It was a nice climate controlled green house,  was warm and humid so the butterflies would live in

Cairns Birdwing Butterfly.
Cairns Birdwing Butterfly.

comfort. It takes about 30 minutes for the camera equipment to acclimatise, until then I had fogged lenses and could not see a thing. I spent a few hours walking and taking photos. I would recommend it to any one with children or just wanting to relax and watch butterflies.

I found by the end of day 3 I was not enjoying myself, I was not able to unwind and my legs were to sore to want to do anything. Day four was no better as I found the sound of the surf which was only 200 metres away through some trees were sounding more and more like traffic on a major highway. I decided to leave that evening and give up on the last day.

This had to be the worst short holiday I have ever had. I doubt I will ever go to Coffs Harbour again, at least not alone. Now to go home and sell my house.

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The ruins, day 6.

Wayna picchu behind Machu picchu.

26 th October 2010.

Up early, shight and briny, (or is that bright and shiny?), either way I am up. I was a little sore, but that wasn’t that bad, I was concerned about the weather, it was raining lightly and I was planning to take some pics of Wayna picchu from the guard house with a strong morning sun.

I go through the gates ready to charge to the guard house but I stop to have a tourist moment, I pull out my passport and get it stamped, (well I am a tourist after all). I race to the top near the guard house for a good spot to take photos, I find place on a terrace where there is no one in view and a nice view of the mountain. Now to wait for the clouds to clear and let some sun through. The clouds part form time to time giving a teasing glimpse at my quarry. I snap a few pics as the clouds pass over and I watch the city change face as the clouds pass over, mother nature was being a little challenging today, did we scare her with the rush to see her shine or did she a have a sarcastic sense of humour? I think it was the latter she gives a little shower to show she wants to win and most of the other people run for towards the gates in defeat, I am more stubborn, (or is that stupid), actually I believe it is determined. I hide my back pack under one of the rocks that stick out of the walls and

Yellow butterfly.

hide my camera under my jacket and wait. I am patient, I have little to do for the day so why not wait, I have a sense of humour also and I have a chuckle at her start to take photos of the weeds and flowers growing from the cracks between the stones in the wall, occasionally snapping photos of the clouded city and the mountains. About 3 hours pass and I decide to capitulate, (actually I don’t know the meaning of the word, it just sounds good) I decide to that I had enough and for the gate and back to town.

We went back to Aguas calientes and had lunch in a restaurant with a nice view of the square, we chatted and watched people walk through. Enjoyed food and then we went for a walk to the bridge at the river where the road crosses to the Machu picchu reserve. Once you cross the river turn right and follow the small road and you get to the Machu picchu museum, it has lots of photos, videos and artifacts on display, it is a very informative self guided tour. After the museum we go next door to the botanic garden, there is a variety of plants and some shade to cool off in, the river runs to one side and if you are patient you will see the occasional butterfly and humming bird, if you quick enough, (the little buggers move faster than bees, photographic observation).

Humming bird.

We head back to town have and early dinner and head to the train station for the train to Cusco. The ride beside the river is nice, there are a few views of different ruins along the way, a few tunnels and the peacefulness of nature all around.


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