11 April 2004
Following on from my last entry, today's postcard chronicles the Bear Essentials "Navig8" dinner cruise on Sydney Harbour. Four hundred bears, one boat. Just as well it was a bloody big boat!
From the Man-O-War steps at the eastern side of Bennelong Point near the Opera House, the cruise wound its way along the harbour foreshore, affording a great view of many Sydney landmarks. Since I'd only ever cruised Sydney Harbour on commuter ferries before, which are about getting from A to B via the shortest navigable distance, it was refreshing to take a scenic cruise on the harbour.
The sumptous feast that was dinner was devoured in true bear style, yet there always seemed to be more food! Usually the movement of boats and heavy food don't combine well, but on that Thursday night it was my photography that suffered the most. Countless potentially great shots of illuminated landmarks were ruined by the movement of the boat. But some, although fuzzy, were interesting in spite of the blur; These are included here.
A long established custom on Bear Essentials harbour cruises mandates that every pass made under the harbour bridge be marked with a kiss for your neighbour. The bear contingent embraced this (and each other!) with gusto; Tradition should be respected, after all!
All in all, it was a wonderful night. I made new friends, spent time with old friends and enjoyed a very pleasant evening on a very beautiful harbour in a very exciting city. My kind of holiday. And don't worry, there's still more to come from my week at Mardi Gras!
Julian, Me & Ben
Ben, Tony & Julian