hey there....its Tuesday....hey now thats an accomplishment....I actually do know what day it is....had a day of rest and scheduling....making arrangements for down the road. I am heading up to Cape Tribulation tomorrow.....check out the rainforest and the estuaray....and the crocs and other assorted wildlife. Supposed to be great photo opportunities. Then on Thursday bright and early....off onto the liveaboard dive expedition for the next 8 days, returning to Cairns on the 17th in the morning. Don't expect I will have internet access on the boat? or maybe....but will keep posting as much and as often as I can.
I keep forgetting to mention that my luggage actually did show up. A blessing for sure as this could have become problematic if not. Very few nude beaches, and no nude lunch rooms at all!
The rest of my Open Water dives were absolutely fabulous. So I am now totally certified...I mean certifiable. hahahahahaha These open water dives were amazing....like swimming is a huge aquarium without the glass walls. turtles, sharks, stingrays, triggerfish, lots of nemos and dory's (you have to know that from the movie....finding nemo) ..... gosh....I just can't remember it all. The way these public communal computer setups are I continue to be challenged with posting pics. I will continue to try....I will certainly have a load of pics to share...if and when I can get the technology arranged to allow me to do so.
Last night went out to dinner with a whole dive crew....Brits, Dutch, Germans, Danes, Belgians, Aussies, and myself. As I walked home at 2AM.....ok well walk might be stretching it...but whose looking? I thought about that and the marvel of all the different perspectives and stories we all had to share! it was such a blast! very enlightening!
This country has its environmental challenges as well. The worst drought in over 100 years. An exploding population of fruit bats that are driving the residents of a particular part of Cairns absolutely bonkers....yea...thats an ozzie term. The noise associated with the dredging of the Daintree River ferry crossing made the operator shut down and implement noise mitigation....and in the mean time....tourists traveling north from Cairns have to wait for the tide to come in so that the ferry can pass....the tourism industry is pissed! yea thats another ozzie term....the use (or is that abuse) of the Great Barrier Reef is astonishing....And I do mean abuse....literally 1000's of people PER DAY....yes 1000's PER DAY visit....trashing the delicate nature of the coral reefs. AND the fuunniest part....they all want to see nemos....but guess what? these people can't even swim! amazing....truly amazing!
and so is this another phrase of the ozzies....no worries mate! till next time...can you tell?....I'm having a ball! cheers mate!