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22 April 2017 / leggypeggy

When travel plans go awry and life still delivers

Marina at Williamstown, Melbourne

Marina at Williamstown with Melbourne CBD in the background

A few days ago we bowled up to Essendon Airport for our flight from Melbourne to Flinders Island (off the northeast coast of Tasmania). We’d driven there from Canberra, with a fantastic overnight stay in Yackandandah. Another bonus was our chance to catch up with a fellow blogger, who prefers to remain anonymous. Nothing like a little intrigue.

As we headed to the terminal, our fellow blogger said we couldn’t go without a proper send-off, so s/he escorted us to the departure lounge. We checked in and close to 4pm, the staff announced the flight to King Island.

Hmm, hang on. We’re going to Flinders Island and there’s only one plane out there.

So we moseyed up to the ground crew and said we’re awaiting the afternoon flight to Flinders. Sorry mate, but that flight went at 10:30am.

Ugh, ugh, ugh. I’m going to attribute that mistake completely to me and the fact that when I booked the flights I still needed to have a cataract removed. It’s not a good excuse, but it’s the only one. The cataract surgery was free and successful, and the replacement tickets cost about $500.

And then there was the night’s accommodation in Melbourne until we could fly out the next morning. Ugh, ugh, ugh.

Greenpeace Sea Shepherd

Greenpeace’s Steve Irwin Sea Shepherd

But the bright spot in all this is that our fellow blogger wouldn’t let us out of her/his sight.

We were ferried to the hotel, allowed to check in and dump our bags, and then squired around some of Melbourne’s more interesting, but slightly off-the-beaten track, spots. Luckily we were allowed to buy our host dinner and a beer.

Our main photogenic stop was to visit Williamstown, on Hobsons Bay. It’s where Greenpeace’s Sea Shepherd is docked. As a special treat we also saw the Tenacious, a British tall ship that caters for anyone with a disability.

So all in all, my goof-up was a great, but expensive, hiccup. The hotel was a bit dear in our opinion, but they threw in breakfast and free wifi. I had to go to the front desk to get the wifi activated. Still amazes me that so many Aussie hotels want to charge for internet. It was part of the package in Yackandandah.

And more soon about Flinders Island. We’re having a great time here, but sort of slow and limited internet.

P.S. My goof-up on flights means that, at this stage, we’ll return to Essendon/Canberra on the 27th of April, not 25th as we’d planned. I have to give Sharp Airlines (which services Flinders) huge credit in that they’ve said come along to the terminal on the 25th and if there’s a no-show or cancellation, we’ll be good to go. Great customer service.

Tenacious

The UK’s Tenacious

Tenacious, closer up

Tenacious, closer up

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  1. beetleypete / Apr 22 2017 10:16 pm

    Glad to hear that you got there eventually, Peggy. Looking forward to your Flinders island posts.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  2. Chris & Paul Riley / Apr 22 2017 10:35 pm

    That must have been a shock, unfortunately one I can relate too. Pleased to hear you’ve arrived safely now. Hope the weathers kind.

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    • leggypeggy / Apr 23 2017 7:20 am

      Oh dear, I hope your experience like this turned out okay too. The weather has been glorious.

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      • Chris & Paul Riley / Apr 23 2017 8:42 am

        Sadly no. It was one of a series of misadventures around the middle of 2015. Just part of the ebb and flow of life. Fortunately, it all passed, as things do – and life moves on. It was one of two attempts to get to Italy. One day we’ll get there, but it’s not on the agenda in the near future.

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      • leggypeggy / Apr 23 2017 9:08 am

        Oh bummer. Hoping you make it there one day.

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  3. Colors of my life / Apr 22 2017 11:16 pm

    The UK tenacious it’s beautiful, and the featured picture is also breath taking

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    • leggypeggy / Apr 23 2017 7:25 am

      Thanks so much. The Tenacious is a gorgeous ship. Feel so lucky to have seen it.

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      • Colors of my life / Apr 23 2017 3:03 pm

        Yes it does look like it for sure.

        Any idea how old it must be. And I guess it’s difficult to sail it. If it’s goes the old style with a new gadget.

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      • leggypeggy / Apr 23 2017 5:01 pm

        We asked and they do have an engine, so they can sail even if there is no wind.

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  4. afterthelasttime / Apr 22 2017 11:49 pm

    You are just getting more out of your trip is all.

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  5. susan@onesmallwalk / Apr 23 2017 12:20 am

    It’s already making a good story to tell, and will probably improve with the years 🙂

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    • leggypeggy / Apr 23 2017 7:27 am

      You mean when I start to say I fainted when I was told the plane had already gone! 🙂

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  6. lexklein / Apr 23 2017 12:36 am

    Nice to have a silver lining. I get so mad at myself when I make costly mistakes, but after the angst has worn off, I often find something of value that resulted. Looking forward to hearing about Flinders Island! (And yeah, what’s with the lack of free wifi at some hotels? In my experience, the more expensive the hotel, the LESS likely they will provide free internet access. Always feels like insult added to injury!)

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    • leggypeggy / Apr 23 2017 8:34 am

      Flinders is proving to be wonderful, but don’t get me going about those thieving expensive hotels and their meanness when it comes to wifi. 🙂

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  7. spearfruit / Apr 23 2017 7:30 am

    A little hiccup, but it sounds like it all worked out. 🙂

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  8. Sharon Bonin-Pratt / Apr 23 2017 10:42 am

    I think frequent travelers adapt more easily than those who are less used to going wherever the flow takes them. You had a lovely excursion and we got lovely photos.

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    • leggypeggy / Apr 23 2017 12:41 pm

      So true. No use getting all wound up about a glitch.

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      • Catnip Blog / May 5 2017 6:48 am

        I probably wouldn’t be wound up about the “glitch” but I sure would be about $500!

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      • leggypeggy / May 5 2017 2:41 pm

        Yeah, the $500 hurt a lot. At least accommodation cost us nothing and we cooked at home, so holiday-wise it didn’t completely batter the wallet.

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  9. calmkate / Apr 23 2017 10:42 am

    AN interesting but fortunate mistake … nothing happens without a reason. Great photos as usual, those ships seem big

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    • leggypeggy / Apr 23 2017 12:44 pm

      Yes, my mistake gave us a bonus stop. The ships are huge, especially the Tenacious.

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  10. gerard oosterman / Apr 23 2017 11:19 am

    Perhaps you had the appointment time with the cataract operation and the flight mixed up.? That happens all the time with us too.

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    • leggypeggy / Apr 23 2017 12:46 pm

      Oh Gerard, thank you, that explains everything.

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  11. jeanleesworld / Apr 23 2017 11:52 am

    The Tenacious looks gorgeous at dusk–what perfect timing!

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    • leggypeggy / Apr 23 2017 12:47 pm

      It was a great time of day to be there, plus the sun shining on the city windows in the background.was especially pretty.

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  12. simpletravelourway / Apr 23 2017 2:23 pm

    So sorry about the mixup but relieved I’m not the only one who has had the same thing happen. I (Beth) hustled Joe to the Buenos Aires airport for our flight to Iguazu, Argentina only to discover we were a day early. Trouble is we already checked out of our AirBnB. The ticket folks at Latam Airline took pity on us and changed our ticket to let us fly out the day early, No charge. Bravo for Latam!

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    • leggypeggy / Apr 23 2017 4:21 pm

      Definitely bravo for Latam. Amazing how customer service really can work for the customer.

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  13. Eddy Winko / Apr 23 2017 3:13 pm

    Good to know it turned out ok in the end.
    I once turned up for a flight after mistaking the flight number for the time of the flight, very embarrassing, especially explaining to the boss why I was a day late for work! 🙂

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    • leggypeggy / Apr 23 2017 4:23 pm

      Oh geez, that made me laugh, especially because it sounds like something I might do. I have a great memory for numbers and just have to hope I’ve latched on to the right numbers.

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  14. Louise M Oliver / Apr 23 2017 5:45 pm

    Hi Peggy,
    So pleased to hear that it all worked out. The photos, as always, are superb. Thank you. Just trying to tell myself, ‘something will inevitably go wrong. That’s what it’s all about! But it won’t be catastrophic and will be able to be fixed.’ Repeat as often as possible! Looking forward to the Flinders Island posts.

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    • leggypeggy / Apr 24 2017 6:17 pm

      Keeping repeating it and I’ll keep repeating it on your behalf.

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  15. BoomingOn / Apr 24 2017 4:10 pm

    ah yes, mistakes in travel bookings. You’re allowed one stuff up but you should stop now. haha

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    • leggypeggy / Apr 24 2017 6:17 pm

      I plan on stopping now. Hope the rest of the world cooperates.

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  16. wfdec / Apr 25 2017 12:45 pm

    I love the shot of the sun on the buildings. I just bought a new camera so I might try for something like that.

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    • leggypeggy / Apr 25 2017 7:14 pm

      A new camera! Lucky you! I took several shots of the sun shining on the buildings and this was the last and the best. Important to be there at the right time of day.

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  17. Lynz Real Cooking / May 2 2017 7:50 am

    Wonderful pictures! Glad it all worked out Peggy

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  18. Miriam / May 3 2017 3:23 pm

    What a drama filled mix up and start to your trip. I have a feeling I might know who your fellow blogger/saviour was. Regardless I’m glad you had some support and it sounds as though you had a great time on Flinders.

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    • leggypeggy / May 7 2017 3:47 pm

      We were so lucky to have a friend on hand to turn a problem in to an adventure. 🙂

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  19. Shiva Malekopmath / May 7 2017 2:32 pm

    Peggy I liked the title given to this travel post.👌👍
    Shiva🎶

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    • leggypeggy / May 7 2017 3:46 pm

      Thanks so much. I think it’s important to remember that most problems have a positive side.

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  20. Shiva Malekopmath / May 7 2017 2:36 pm

    Peggy My liking of the comments on your posts means I like their views of your post.
    Shiva

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  21. The Classy Artist / May 17 2017 2:36 pm

    What an adventure!

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