Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Coastal Bush Fires

Today is real vacation! We slept in and spent most of the day on the beach. We did nothing. It was beautiful. The ocean is so big. Looking into the horizon there is nothing but water and sky; to think that America is just on the other side. I can’t wrap my mind around it. God is big, really big and we are really small.

Throughout the day helicopters would fly over the beach with water bombs. We didn’t think much of it. I guess that bush fires happen a lot around here. It is summer and the trees are really dry.

At 11:00 pm, Danielle’s mother came rushing into our room! She said that we need to get all of our things together and leave right away. Apparently if we didn’t, we would risk being cornered by the bush fires, making it impossible
to make our flight in Brisbane the next morning. Taking her advice we fled Cabarita beach. Danielle’s mother dropped us off at a near by town, where we had to hire a cab to the train station. We then took the train to Brisbane but it was too late to take the train all the way to the airport so we had to get another cab. It was a very expensive evacuation. By the time we arrived at the airport it was 1:00am. We found a quite corner to rest in, only to be disturbed by a man on a riding vacuum. It was really annoying. He didn’t stop for like 30 minutes. He drove the vacuum like someone on a riding lawn mower.


Ben Schnell said...

Lucky you got away. Sometimes they shut down the freeway.

Miss Jehle said...

I don't know what's more exciting in this story - that you had to flee from fire or that you saw a riding vacuum cleaner. Crazy.