Before we left to go to Queensland we were using our weather apps a lot, to check out what the weather was going to be (remember the old days when we would only have the weather man on TV to tell us what the weather would be for the next day or two!?:). Unfortunately we knew we were heading up to some not-so-good weather, but knew it would be humid and warm still.
That not-so-good weather started off as a little bit of rain now and then, and then on Australia Day is started pouring down and the wind started to really pick up. Late on Saturday night we saw some warnings on the internet about destructive winds and heavy rain. We didn't think much of it until we woke up on Sunday morning and knew that the storm was getting pretty bad.
We were planning on going to church that afternoon in Surfers Paradise, and then going to my cousin's house for tea that night, but the warnings were saying to stay off the roads if you didn't have to go out, and we knew that things were going to get a lot worse as we realised that we were right on the path of ex tropical Cyclone Oswald which had caused a lot of destruction and severe floods up north, and was making its way south, to the Gold Coast.
We ended up having to stay in the hotel for two days which was frustrating because all we wanted to do was get out and have some fun, but all I could think of was to be grateful that we were safe and okay, because further north so many other people had lost their homes, power and even lives.
It's so hard to describe what a cyclone is like, but the power of the wind was incredible and it didn't let up for 24 hours. It was raining so heavily that if we went out on the balcony for just a few seconds we would be drenched. The whole building must've been moving a little because we could hear the TV on the wall creaking.
We couldn't imagine the winds getting any stronger, but suddenly there was an announcement over the speaker system of the whole hotel. It told us that the winds were going to become stronger over night and they asked everyone to bring in all the furniture from the balcony. It was funny sitting there all night with the outdoor table inside with us.
Luckily we had an indoor pool at our hotel so to get out of room for a bit, we would go there to have a swim, but to get to it you had to walk outside for about 20 metres. It was crazy to see that branches and debris was being blown around everywhere and to feel the power of the wind (the lady in the pic was trying to not get blown away!).
Finally by around lunch time on Monday we could see that the winds were starting to die down. We were so glad to see the sun coming out and on the way to visiting some of our family for tea that night, we stopped off at the beach to have a look. When we drove around Surfers Paradise we couldn't believe how many trees were down and saw lots of glass that had smashed out of shop windows.
All week the beach had been closed because it had been stormy and the water was too dangerous to swim in, so we knew that there wasn't much luck of us swimming at the beach the rest of the week, especially after a cyclone.
Right then it didn't really matter that we couldn't swim, because there was so much amazing sea foam everywhere because of all the huge waves. After having a day of deserted streets and beaches, everyone else was out checking it out as well.
We would see the foam coming up and would think that it was just a little bit of foam, but before we knew it we were swamped in it!
We were covered in it but the boys weren't worried one bit, even though we had our clothes on. I absolutely love this photo of Kobe. He was having the best time.
It was so nice to have such a fun time in the foam after being stuck in the hotel for a couple of days. I wish that everyone else who was affected by the cyclone had been so lucky though. I couldn't stop thinking about all those people whose homes had been flooded and whose loved ones had died. If only a little bit of fun in the sea foam could make up for what the cyclone caused for them too.