Number 27 - See an Erupting Volcano

Climbing the final leg on foot, you feel a small rumble and then hear a tremendous roar as you climb, Yasur is greeting you. What a sight to behold.

Number 49 - See both Solar and Lunar eclipses

And while it was not total in Brisbane (83%), it was a strange thing watching it through the solar glasses seeing a massive slice of the sun missing.

Number 10b: Visit Chernobyl

Chernoybyl and Pripyat. Hauntingly beautiful, incredible experiance in an amazing country.

Number 11 - Storm Chase a Tornado*

Partial complete, but an amazing experience even as they were "Rain Wrapped". Huge epic storms with beautiful structure and powerful lightning.

Number 23b: Spend a night in the desert

The heat, the cold and the incredible vast distances of sand.

Saturday 17 August 2013

Number 83: Skinny Dip at Midnight

Completed 02 February 2013 
Brisbane / Southbank, QLD Australia  

So it's been a while, but in the meantime I did manage to tick one more thing off the list being number 83. 

The names have been changed to protect the innocent. <insert Law and Order sound>

This one ended up being quite impromptu, unplanned with more than a couple of drinks to make it seem like a good idea. I should also mention in advance that I don't really live in the middle of the bush, so this was a city adventure.   

So it all started after work drinks on a Friday night when Jimmy the snitch* suggested we go swimming at Southbank, which we had done on one other occasion previously... Unfortunately the time was only around 11:30pm when we got kicked out that time. 

The Southbank pool
I checked my watch, 11:30pm already... by the time we got there I might just have a chance to tick this one of I thought. I was in. So a few of us jumped in a cab and headed over. 

We picked our spot with as much cover as possible
We picked a spot and jumped in... 11:45pm. I was going to make it I thought, but I thought that minutes too soon.  A security patrol spotted us and warned us to get out and pack up. Ruined, we did what they asked... Until they left, boom 11:55pm back in and counting the minutes. 

12:00am - 83 Completed.  

Now I would have thought the hard part was done, nope, not yet. No one said this bucket list was going to be easy or cheap. A lesson I was just about to learn. 

After packing up our gear and clothes I noticed that a few things of mine were missing, namely my phone and wallet. It was better than the alternative of my clothes being missing granted, but ouch. So walking home it was with a quick stop off at a police station to log a police report for future protection. Thank goodness I still had my keys. 

Mark 83 as done