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Cairns and Great Barrier Reef, Australia

August 13, 2009

Day 92

We left mission beach in the morning. Our first stop is Josephine Falls. We walked around for about an hour and went to each of the three viewing platforms at the falls:

On our way back to the car, we saw one of the biggest snakes that we’ve seen yet on the trip. The only larger one that we’ve seen was puff adder in Africa and we didn’t get very close to that one. This one wasn’t very wide, but it was really long. (Yes, I realize I just set one up perfectly for Michael Scott.)

After visiting the falls, we got back in the car and continued on to Cairns. Today was the last day with the campervan, so after checking into our hostel, we drove to the drop-off center. Without wheels for the first time in a few weeks, we had to hoof it back to the hostel. We took a walk along the esplanade though and got to see some of Cairns on the way back:

There are some really big bats down here. This tree was full of them.

Day 93

After 3 weeks in the campervan, it felt pretty good to get out and stretch our legs. We lounged around the hostel pool all day, booked a trip to the Great Barrier Reef for the day after tomorrow, and watched a movie which the hostel rented for free. We really liked the hostel we were staying at. Here are some pictures:

Day 94

More of the same today. Have to admit, it feels pretty good to be stationary after so much time in the car. We went into the city, visited an internet cafe, sat along the waterfront. Nice lazy day.

Day 95

Our 2 day trip out to the Great Barrier Reef started this morning. We went out to the Reef by speedboat and met up with the larger boat that stays out at the reef all of the time. After a short introduction, we were able to go snorkeling a couple of times. The reef was really impressive, and we got to see all sorts of marine life. Unfortunately, our camera doesn’t work underwater, so we only have a few pictures from the boat:

Day 96

We had several more opportunities to snorkel. We got back to the hostel in the evening and went to bed early.

Day 97

We spent most of today in the city doing some odd errands. Also, Lori’s hair was finally long enough to donate to Locks of Love! So, she had it all chopped off and we mailed it home to donate.

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