I didn't realise how jam packed today was until we sat down at dinner time and
recounted what we'd done today.
I started the day pretty early, because Anshu had to be up for an early flight.
I pottered around at home cleaning up a bit until Sarah dropped Zoe off.
After Zoe had watched a bit of TV, I thought we'd try some bottle rocket
launching for Science Friday. I'd impulse purchased an AquaPod at Jaycar last year, and haven't
gotten around to using it yet.
We wandered down to Hawthorne Park with the AquaPod, an empty 2 litre Sprite
bottle, the bicycle pump and a funnel.
My one complaint with the AquaPod would have to be that the feet are too
smooth. If you don't tug the string strongly enough you end up just dragging
the whole thing across the ground, which isn't really what you want to be
doing. Once Zoe figured out how to yank the string the right way, we were all
We launched the bottle a few times, but I didn't want to waste a huge amount of
water, so we stopped after about half a dozen launches. Zoe wanted to have a
play in the playground, so we wandered over to that side of the park for a bit.
It was getting close to time for TumbleTastics, and we needed to go via home to
get changed, so we started the longish walk back home. It was slow going in the
mid-morning heat and no scooter, but we got there eventually. We had another
mad rush to get to TumbleTastics on time, and miraculously managed to make it
there just as they were calling her name.
Lachlan wasn't there today, and I was feeling lazy, and Zoe was keen for a
milkshake, so we dropped into Ooniverse on the way home. Zoe had a great old
time playing with everything there.
After we got home again, we biked down to the Bulimba post office to collect
some mail, and then biked over for a haircut.
After our haircuts, Zoe wanted to play in Hardcastle Park, so we biked over
there for a bit. I'd been wanting to go and check out the newly opened Riverwalk
and try taking the bike and trailer on a CityCat. A CityCat just happened to be
arriving when we got to the park, but Zoe wasn't initially up for it. As luck
would have it, she changed her mind as the CityCat docked, but it was too late
to try and get on that one. We got on the next one instead.
I wasn't sure how the bike and the trailer were going to work out on the
CityCat, but it worked out pretty well going from Hawthorne to New Farm Park.
We boarded at Hawthorne from the front left hand side, and disembarked at New
Farm Park from the front right hand side, so I basically just rolled the bike
on and off again, without needing to worry about turning it around. It was a
bit tight cornering from the pontoon to the gangway, but the deckhand helped me
manoeuvre the trailer.
It was quite a nice little ride through the back streets of New Farm to get to
the start of the Riverwalk, and we had a nice quick ride into the city. We
biked all the way along the riverside through to the Old Botanic Gardens. We
stopped for a little play in the playground that Zoe had played in the other
weekend when we were wandering around for Brisbane Open House, and then
continued through the gardens, over the Goodwill Bridge, and the bottom of the
Kangaroo Point cliffs.
We wound our way back home through Dockside, and Mowbray Park and along the
bikeway alongside Wynnum Road. It was a pretty huge ride, and I'm excited that
it's opened up an easy way to access Southbank by bicycle. I'm looking forward
to some bigger forays in the near future.