As part of setting up this trip, I’d booked a few activities that were to take place today (Sunday, as I write this) and tomorrow.
Note the words “were to take place”.
It turns out that 30 years ago Kathy and I got married during “cyclone season”.
How … interesting.
And sure enough, later today, tropical cyclone Olga is expected to make landfall a short distance north of where I’m sitting.
Today was to be a scenic rail trip from Cairns to Kuranda – canceled yesterday due to the risk of landslides, followed by a ride on the Kuranda Skyrail back down. With the train out of service, the replacement plan was to take the Skyrail both up and down. That was canceled this morning, shortly after we got up. High winds and heavy rain probably don’t mix well with the hanging gondolas.
Tomorrow was to be a trip out to the Great Barrier Reef on the WaveDancer, but alas, high winds aren’t appropriate for that either, and we got the notice today that that, too, was off.
No chance to reschedule, since we leave the day after tomorrow.
As it is, we’re back at the hotel, watching the storm come in. It’s warm, windy, and about to get very, very wet.
I’m attempting to upload a couple of pictures but the internet connection continues to be slow as molasses. It’s entirely possible that I may not get things uploaded until we arrive in Sydney on Tuesday.
Now, if you’ll excuse me … we have a cyclone to go watch. An entirely new experience for both of us.
Should be fun!