what the heck just happened....into a time warp....well ok ok...not really. Left to go out on the boat on the 10th, arrived back in Cairns on the 17th, and took the bus to Townsville, and booked myself into a really bed and a room that does not roll with the swells and sea. My words that evening.....thai noodles, white wine, and a bed that doesn't move! Waking up the next moring still had me swaying in the bathroom as I shaved!!
The boat trip you ask? how was that? well....I'm sorry...but there exist no words to describe that experience. I do have a videop of a very good portion of it, and many many many pics above and underwater! an amazing experience that included sharks, moray eels, sea snakes, dwarf seahorses, stonefish, lionfish, scorpionfish, giant clams, schools of 100's of yellow snapper, nemos and dories everywhere...and the list would go on and on and on....ad infinium....every aspect of the trip was fabulous. The boat generally will accomodate 28 - average 20 - for the first leg of the journey (3 1/2 days) there were but five. And then a total of 10 on the second leg. And there were twelve crew to take care of ourr every wim. I did 26 divves in 8 days, to a max. depth of 35m. I also took my Nitrox course on board so thiss allowed me to use enriched air (32-36% O2), and really helped fatigue in days of 4-5 days per day. You came out of the water, the crew handed you a glass of water, and a hot dry towl straight out of the dryer. There are so many other aspects that were special, it is hard to choose but one...also did night diving....that is VERY cool. Needless to say I think I have found something that I wil do more of in the future again for sure!
Made my way to Magnetic Island and enjoyed some of the most relaxing and engaging time of the trip. Lots of amazing people and scenery. A young lady I had met from Toronto made a birthday cake for me with candles and everything....that was so incredibly sweet!! We enjoyed an awesome hike down to Baldy Beach....a small isolated alcove that may as well have been from some postcard. I also hiked up the Fort Walk and saw koalas in the wild, a mom and her baby....and lizards, and little bentwing bats barely 10cm in length (body). And from the fort lookout - the views were.....astonishing......Amazing, simply amazing!
I made my way back to Townsville and the airport and used my credit from the early trip screwups by Virgin to fly to Brisbane. And then rented a car and drove out to the town stuck in the late 60's and early 70's (Nimbin) - what a total trip. That are about 45 minutes west of the coast is astonishingly beautiful - rich fertile land with ample rainfall and scenic views again like no other. I made my way back to Byron Bay to stay overnight and then make my way up to Hervey Bay the next day.
I continue to marvel at the depth and intensity of this journey and adventure. I could not have anticipated the potential peace, and joy, and stillness that has come from my experiences to date. It will end, but I have come to another place in my conciousness that is truly amazing. It may be a challenge to retain this state of mind I am sure, but in the mean time I will plan my next journey and next adventure. Thanks for following along with me.....Cheers!