Thirty years to get to Cooktown, done
ROB and Ken Elmer finally visited Cooktown in the year of their 70th wedding anniversary. It just took 32 years longer than planned. Their first attempt was 1981 when they parked the caravan in Mossman and spent the day driving to Cape Tribulation and back on the rough "gibber track" as Rob called it.
The next try was 1984 when as part of a Gang of Four they reached Cairns via the Gulf and only Rob had the energy to book a seat in a little Cessna. Rain, heavy deluging July rain cruelled their second attempt at the last minute.
Now to their third and successful attempt. Sensibly they were driven to the area from Palm Cove, then took a 4WD tour.
Rob didn’t stopped grinning the whole trip! It was just tremendous that two wonderfully active elders were lapping up the atmosphere, history and beautiful scenery of the area —which met their every expectation. It was topped by Grassy Hill, fish and chips and the big croc on the Bloomfield River.
For the record, Ken is 93 and Rob 91 years old this year. And they play golf twice weekly at Macleod Country Club in Brisbane. Playing strong!
Ken and Robyn Elmer