The weather forecast for Christmas Day was 29 deg and sunny. Perfect weather to be out on the water. We didn't know how crowded our coastal waterways would be, so we loaded up the boat Christmas Eve, with umbrellas, inflatable lounges, folding lounges and chairs and enough food and drink for a festive day out on our own private island.
We set off from home at 9.00 am and arrived at Swansea boat ramp to find very few boat trailers and tow vehicles parked. This was a very good sign.
We re-packed the boat and took off on a very high tide to Coon Island. On arriving, we found the island deserted . . . . . and covered in seaweed and water. We have had some stormy weather this summer and Coon Island had taken its fair share of tempest. It took us 30 minutes to clear a sandy path, and just enough sandy ground to fit 2 folding chairs, a table, 2 eskys and a picnic basket along with the shade from 2 beach umbrellas.