Wednesday, July 8, 2009
the big pineapple
Arthur and I snuck out of town, (while Nick manned the shop) on a wee break with my sister and her family. Hence the lack of Arthur's Circus internet ramblings. We stayed on the sunshine coast and of course had to visit the big pineapple. It has been a good 32 years since I was last there. It opened around 1971 I think and my sister and I went there as children, probably around the same age that our kids are. Nothing much has changed which is nice, but also highlights what was once a thriving tourist destination that the main motorway has now bypassed. No fancy amusement park rides here. A slow rickety pineapple express train and macadamia nut car is as good as it gets for thrills and spills. We loved it, although I was disappointed they didn't sell a giant pencil with a plastic pineapple on top anymore.