|Big Crystal Creek - Paluma National Park|
|1930's Bridge over Little Crystal Creek|
|The Little Crystal Creek Cascades|
|The view up the coast from McCelland's Lookout near the village of Paluma|
|Archie heading into Townsville|
|Walking The Strand|
Today was a long, tiring, but good day out. I usually leave the trip planning to Varena, but as I had received two phone calls from the blood bank asking for a blood donation I suggested we head in the same direction as she had planned, but extend the trip to Townsville.
The blood bank (which was nice, efficient, friendly, chatty, no problems at all) is on the hospital grounds, where the merciless bureaucrats and bean-counters have the friggin' gall to charge motorists to park there while they visit their dying old Nan or leukaemia-ridden child. I am seriously against this! The Townsville Hospital is on the outer edge of town and a fair way from anything else, so people are not going to abuse the car parking and not be using one of the hospital facilities.
And the trap? You get 45 minutes free, and then if you go over that the next hour is $5, and a lesser amount per hour after that. So I'd say that that they have worked out that most people visit their surgeon, dying relative, or recovering post-operative friend or relative for about an hour or so, and they all get charged the maximum. Heartless bastards!