Car Weekend

After some "thrifty" talking, Lee persuaded Thrifty Car Rental into giving us gift certificates for a next car rental after a car mix-up for my birthday weekend. Instead of a convertible mini that weekend, we got a Nissan. Of course this means we would be doing business with Thrifty again, but hey..wheels are wheels! ... SO, with no big plans, we decided to drive to all the outter Sydney places that would be nicer by car.. our first stop Palm Beach. Palm Beach, about 40 min north of Sydney, is where the "hit" Australian T.V. show 'Home and Away' is filmed. A 'Melrose Place' equivalent of a t.v. show, I have yet to watch an episode. We spent the entire day up here although most of the day sitting in one of the two cafe's overlooking the beach watching it rain. Lovely day at the beach. Our next ‘day with the car’ we started at Bondi Beach for breakfast and decided to hug the cast and drive south of Syndey and see what we would see… We came to Botany Bay, (originally named Stingray Bay) the first landing site of Captain James Cook. Here we watched a small reptile show. The container terminal next to it (Port Botany) was cool to see. Really no different than on the Pike heading into Boston, the containers, seeming never to move, sit stacked with bright colors and cool names, feeding the imagination with its possible contents. My bet...they are empty. Bulk liquids storage and distribution complex makes this area seem even more industrial. Even tho its a busy port, Wikipedia suggests that it's a great scuba site with diverse marine life. We did see a few teams of divers out...I wonder how many Stingray's they saw?
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