Tweet Manookatoo Adventures: A few days with friends

Saturday, 25 January 2014

A few days with friends

Our route over the four days
Week two
Day three
A lovely calm morning with blue skies, we drove into town and parked for a walk along the foreshore of Newlands Arm. Returning to the boat we had breakfast and then did some "housework" - washing linen, cleaning the bathroom, vacuuming - making the boat all spick and span before our latest guests arrive! On their arrival at 1:00 we were off, first anchoring at Montauge Point, beside Raymond Island for a prawn and chicken lunch, then cruising across to Boxer's Creek and back to Metung, tying up at the jetty and enjoying a drink at the Hotel before returning to the boat for Glenda's delicious three-course feast!
After a while the wind started to blow, and blow, and BLOW, reaching up to over 40 knots overnight.
Day four
The wind did not abate overnight. We started the morning with a walk along the Lake King side of Metung, being buffeted by strong squalls and admiring the waves on the water. We werent going to be travelling far today! Settling in for a day at Metung Jetty was no hardship though, with a few shops for the girls to explore, a few boats for the boys to investigate and lots of food to eat, alcohol to drink and books to read we couldn't help but enjoy ourselves. A delicious chicken curry, washed down with a few drinks, finished a very pleasant day.
Day five
A light breeze this morning so after breakfast we headed east towards Lakes Entrance, tying up at Flagstaff Jetty to show our friends the entrance then cruising past the main town before making our way west again.
Our destination was Bunga Arm, where we enjoyed a nice lunch just inside the inlet before we found a quiet spot for the night at Egret Camp. We walked across to stand on the beach then returned to the calm of the lake but it was a bit cool to consider a swim! After a relaxing afternoon we enjoyed a steak barbecue then took our drinks upstairs for a spot of Mama Mia karaoke........we would have scared the wildlife with our warbling :-)
Day six
Continuing our tour of the lakes this morning, we cruised out of Bunga Arm and passed close by Rottamah Island and Sperm Whale Head, turning into Duck Arm and motoring to the end and returning to Picnic Arm to pick up a mooring for a relaxing lunch on the water. In the afternoon we returned to Paynesville, doing a tour of the canals on the way. We celebrated the few days spent with our good friends with dinner at the Cruisers Club and late night drinks on the Flybridge.

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