Memories of Merimbula are like cumulus clouds that hang sweetly on the top of your mind. As time goes on, more memorable experiences add to the weight of these cotton-like creations and cause a downpour of sentimental emotions. I love these paroxysms.
I won't bore you with the details, because i can't remember everything that happened, but i'll jot down all that comes to mind.
The first day was a 4 hour drive down to Lake's Entrance; which is a cosy little coastal town just along the East Gippsland coast. Dad and i went around to explore the feasible sites for fishing before going home for an scrumptuous meal. I don't know why, but that meal was particularly tasty. haha! That's the good thing about holidays. You actually remember and treasure the small little things that you would usually take for granted.
On the second day (Monday), we went out to fish for a bit. Shucks! I can't remember what we did actually. haha! But i think we fished for a really long time at several locations - Lake Tyers, along several coasts, and off the jetty. However, we were left in dissapointment =..( We only got to catch the tiny little ones which had to be thrown back into the water. Dinner was good that night =) Uncle James' family drove down to join us that night. His kids; Charmaine, Daniel and Shauna came along too. I had a game of pool with Daniel, and we watched a movie after. But i was so exhausted after the long day of fishing that i dozed off not long after it started. haha! Apparantly i snored really loudly too! x.x"
Both our families took another 4 hour journey across the Victoria-New South Wales boarder up to Merimbula. We stopped by this little town called Cann River for lunch, the typical lunch that you have when you're at a small coastal town - Fish and Chips -.-" haha! Not that it's bad or anything, it's just LOADED with oil and all that grease. haha! Reminds me of Turk! =P
Yea, i needed to use the loo badly then. So i walked up and down the street looking for a public toilet, but there was none. My last resort was the "Cann River Fishermen's Club". loL! The smell of lighted-ciggarettes and stale air filled my lungs the very moment i stepped through the door. It was a bistro-casino-fishermen-adult (If those words have any relation at all) entertainment center. haha! I thought that i would be deemed as an under-aged non-member and would be kicked out on sight. So i just rushed straight into the toilet and got out as quickly as i could. It was one of those funny experiences.
Oh yea, i remember making this extremely loud burp after finishing my fish&chips lunch. The two families were sitting at two separate tables, but Charmaine started cracking up. loL! I had been totally oblivious to my bleach. But Uncle James said that she's laughing because she does that all the time too. haha! Charmaine suffers from her chronic laughing disease. Seriously, she can laugh for hours. No Joke.
We spent most of Wednesday fishing. There was this awesome fishing spot very near to where we were staying, but we didn't get anything there except puffers -.-""" I caught 3 pufferfish, and i chucked them into this puddle of seawater on the rocks, when i realised that there were 4 others that were already there. haha! We weren't the first ones to have our baits swarmed by these irritating puffers.
The view was spectacular at Merimbula. The horizon was as blue as the sea, and the sea was as blue as the horizon. The fine sand at the beach was glistening gold, and the waves were perfect for body boarding and surfing. So yea, Jerusha, Charmaine, Shuana, Daniel and i went for a dip at the beach.
Thursday passed really quickly. We started the day early with a drive down to another fishing site called Navy's Wharf, which was an extremely long jetty. The people next to us were caught 3 huge tailors, while we caught little Yellowtails -.-""" Oh... Charmaine and Daniel caught one Leatherjacket each. But we chucked them back as they were too small to be eaten.
Daniel, Jerusha and Charmaine wanted to go to the beach again, but my Dad, Uncle James and i were hungry for our first real catch. haha! Daniel tried hard to convince me to go swimming, but i joined the dads instead. As usual, we didn't catch anything except midget fishes. Oh, Shuana caught a leatherjacket and a small crab! haha! We kept the leatherjacket this time after learning that there was no size limit for it.
Anyway, i gave up after an hour and went swimming. The pulling current was so much stronger this time, and the strong 2-metre high waves were relentless. Daniel stayed near the shore as the current was too strong for him, but Charmaine, Jerusha and i drifted out a little too much. Jerusha was fine because she was holding on to the bodyboard, but Charmaine and i were being sucked in by the strong current. I didn't realise the danger at first, but it grew more and more risky as each second passed. I was struggling to keep my head above the water and i battled to get back to shore, we were about 30 - 35 metres out. Charmaine didn't know how to swim, and she had a cramp -.-""" I quickly whispered this silent prayer, and almost as an immediate answer this giant wave shoved us closer to shore, and freed us from the current. haha! Thank God!
We had a hotplate dinner that night. I don't remember why, but everyone was laughing their guts out. haha! It was something about the cloud looking like a squirrel and a rat, my hat-hair, Agrum, Daniel's shoes and Shauna's love for salad. haha!
My family had to leave for Nicholson on Friday morning, another 5 hour drive -.-" THat was a killer, i felt tired, weak and sick. Anyway, we checked in at this caravan park before heading back to Lake Tyers. My dad had grown tired of not catching any large fish for the past 4 days and we sought professional help. We payed $180 for this dude named, Peter, to take us out on a fishing boat ride on Lake Tyers. He taught us this ingenious technique for catching Flatheads, and how to fish with a loose line. We ended up with 3 Flatheads and 4 Breems at the end of that 4 hour expedition. We decided to release one flathead though, because it was tagged by some Fishery that was using it to conduct some research.
THat's about it. We drove for another 4 hours to get back to Melbourne today. We stopped by the beach near Sale, and had lunch at Pizza Hut.
The only thing i can think about now is the large amount of work that i have to complete in the week -.-""" Ahh!!! I don't care anymore... i just wanna thank God, and my parents, for this awesome holiday. It's been such a long time since i've been so relaxed. Argh... i feel my muscles tensing up again.
*A teary smile =...)