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Bucket List check fail: Homebush Bay edition

Bucket list item #2034 – Homebush Bay

 

Sydney, Australia

 

When I told my crew of Australian friends that I had something to check off my bucket list in Homebush Bay, they all laughed. Then they told me not to go there. There were a lot of laughs all around, but I didn’t heed their warnings.

 

Here lies the second time a bucket list check went awry.

 

To be fair, I’ve checked 119 things off my bucket list thus far, so I’m batting at a ridiculously high average.

 

My friend Jess was nice enough to escort me to Homebush, which is where the former Olympic housing and park is in Sydney. To be honest, there’s not a lot going on in the area, but we were there for their epic shipwrecks. Check out this link for a reference or what I was expecting.

 

So, I already knew we were going at the wrong time of day as twilight hours would be best for those epic shots, but this was the only time I could fit it into the schedule. It was also cloudy and raining, so not ideal.

 

I had an outfit picked out for my shots at Homebush, which was a terrible decision considering the weather. I chose a thin material dress that needed to be worn sans bra on probably the coldest day I was in Sydney with wind and rain. Suffice to say it was fairly cold at first, but my Colorado blood kicked in warmed me up right quick.

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We found the path to the shipwreck viewing point and we were well on our way. I was given an olive branch when we passed a little shipwreck along the way and a plaque on the ground talking about the ships. See, friends? I know what I’m talking about!

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Once we reached the end of the pathway, I looked around and saw nothing. Wait, where are the shipwrecks? I can see an IKEA on one side of the bank, but no shipwrecks! Then you notice a viewing platform with binoculars. Omg. They’re so far away that you need binoculars to see them. Omg goddamnit. Meanwhile, Jess is laughing her ass off telling me, “we told you there’s nothing to see in Homebush”. Omg.

 

For reference, here is what we could see from our point of view.

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However, I did get this hilarious photos of Jess feigning excitement, so that’s something.

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So, how did this go horribly wrong? Well, first and foremost, maybe I needed to research better? Nah, who would have thought the path to view the shipwreck was the wrong one? Here’s the deal. I’m guessing there’s a better viewing point on the other side of the shipwreck that’s also closer. I could tell me we’re on the wrong side of the wreck based on other people’s photos. I think it’s on private property, though. Not that it’s ever stopped me before, but on a cloudy day where I MIGHT get a mediocre shot in the rain? Yeah nah. I’m calling this a bust. I also think by boat could be a good answer, but it’s obvious other photographers used tripods, so that can’t be right. There must be a better spot that I was far too lazy to find. I didn’t want it bad enough.

 

So, bucket list check? Nah. Bucket list fail!

 

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