Touch Down

Trip Start Apr 28, 2009
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Trip End Jun 11, 2009


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Tarrah's Guest Room

Flag of Australia  , Queensland,
Thursday, May 7, 2009

   So, it was a bit of a rough ride getting here but things are starting to get rolling.  The hole flight situation was a little bit of a mess, let me explain.  Checking in my bags I was told that I had apparently never registered for a visa to enter Australia, which I imagined was a bit of a problem.  At the moment the guy made it seem like it wasn't possible to hook me up with one right there so I began to panic a bit and basically everything else I was thinking about was completely washed from my mind.  So, I forgot to ask for a proper seat allocation but I did end up getting the visa, crisis averted.  When I got on the plane I realized that I was seated in the middle seat of the very back row of a flight that lasts 13 hours so that was unfortunate.  But, four movies later a never racking swine scan and another four hour flight and I was disembarking in sunny Cairns.

   The first day was a bit of a right off as I slept from 2 pm until 5 am the next day, but that allowed me to set off on an early morning beach walk with the sunrise.  Tarrah's place it a small two bedroom place that sits right off from the beach which is amazing so I was able to hope over the fence and get right on the beach.  I have a few pictures from that morning.  After this me and Kent launched the tinny and went to check the mud crab pots.  To be honest I thought we were just going for a ride so when he pulled up a big pot and a mud crab escaped and started coming at me I was a little freaked out (apparently they can take your finger off and when they clamp they can just leave it and break off there claw, so its a bit of a problem).  We avoided any crocs and got 2 legal sized mud crabs which we are gonna cook up for dinner tonight.  Apparently they go for around $25 a piece.
 
   Later on we went to Hartley's Creek Crocodile Farm where they breed crocs primarily for fashion apparel and secondarily for meat.   I have some pretty cool pics where they were feeding right next to us outside the boat we were on.  It was pretty amazing stuff and the snapping sound they make when they come down with full force makes you glad your not dangling at the end of that rod.  We saw a couple other native animals including the endangered cassowary which is a giant prehistoric looking birds.  

   Today has been pretty quiet other then my attempt to drive up to Yorkeys Knob, apparently I need some adjustment still as I was driving on the grass a lot and basically just looking like a drunk driver.  Anyways, I just finished a nice grilled fish and chips here at the Knob and now I'm gonna head out.

   
       
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auntlisa
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What A Start!
Hey Brian - What an adventure! We love the pics. Yikes - those crocs look more than scary. Watch were you swim. Tarrah's location looks really amazing. Hugs to your sis. Get your rest before the big bash. Have a blast!

Aunt Lisa

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