Where The Reef Meets The Rainforest

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


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Friday, May 15, 2009

It's been a little while since I last posted, but I'll try to be a little bit more consistent. Last post I talked about our little mud crabbing adventure, well the next night we decided to have a little beach cookout. We found some dry wood and fallen palm leaves and started a little fire on the beach. Put on a pot of seawater and boiled up the mud crab right on the beach. It was really simple but it was really tasty and a great night cooking and eating right on the beach.

We spent the weekend in the Yorkies Knob Boat club inaugural Barramundi Fishing Tournament.  It was good fun but it rained pretty much throughout the weekend.  We didn't manage to catch any barramundi but we caught a couple different smaller fish which we cooked up into a fish sandwich.  Despite none of us on the boat catching a fish we all won door prizes, I got a knife kit (should be easy to get through customs), Tarrah got a set of lures and Kent got a rod.  All in all it was a pretty good haul when you include the all you can eat buffet.

I spent the next few days exploring the city of Cairns. One thing that was surprising is that the 3 km stretch of beach that is next to the city is followed by a huge mud flat. Apparently 100 years ago it was all pristine beach, but over the course of 40 years the city had been dredging out its waterway for large ships to pass into its harbor and eventually all this mud came back to cover there beaches. I thought it was a little funny and a little bit sad. The actual city of Cairns does not offer a whole lot, hostels, restaurants and a lot of shopping. The most interesting thing I found was a really neat aboriginal art gallery. The art is really unique from anything I have really seen before. Apparently they use sticks and other things to paint dots onto huge canvases that get up to size of a full wall.

A couple days ago I went to visit one of the great natural wonders of the world, the Great Barrier Reef. I set out from Port Douglas which is a cute little town north of Cairns which has some really nice stores and restaurants. The tour visited 3 locations which where on the outer barrier reef which is the best place to visit because of the rich nutrient waters that come from the Pacific. The reef was amazing; it was different from anything else I had seen snorkeling before. The only down side was that I had to were a skin tight Lycra suit with a hood and mitt type things that made me look like a teletubby. They were meant to protect everyone from the poisonous jellyfish which enjoy the warm waters there, about 28 C in the water or 80 F. It was pretty hilarious seeing everyone with these suits on shuffling around though. There were huge clusters of coral of all different shapes, sizes and colors. There were countless types of parrot fish, angel fish and all sorts of fish I can't name. Some of the coolest things I saw were the giant clams that had to be 4 ft wide. You could swim up and put your hand in it and it would close on you (only softly mind you). I also saw some sting rays and a shark, but it was pretty small and more scared of me that I was of it. What actually kind of scared me is when I was out on my own probably 50 yards from anyone else and on top of a plateau of coral. I came across a deep crevice in the plateau and looked down at a huge ugly fish that had to be 5 or 6 ft long, I later found out was a giant groper. Anyways, I was looking down a little cautiously not knowing if I was in any danger and it quickly jumped and grabbed a nearby fish at the same time that a guide snook up on me to tell me lunch was getting started. So that gave me a good startle and I later found out that the groper can be very dangerous if it feels threatened.

I finish on another post as this is getting a little long.
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auntlisa
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Cook Out
So we want to know if we can join you on the beach for the next crab cook out....sounds very cool. Love the posts B. Aunt Lisa

jpippert
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Enjoying life!!!
Great to read your blog B!! Sounds like a fun adventure! Us old Pip's living through your life (young Pip's!!). Say Hi to Tarrah from MN!!
Uncle John & Aunt Lori (and the gang!)
P.S. Uncle John wants full fishing report!!!!

doublep
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Lifes A Beach!!!!
Your Australian Adventure sounds really amazing..the beach cookout looked like alot of fun with some good memories of great times with your sister...wish we were there with you guys...
Love ya,
Mom & Dad

doublep
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GREAT SNORKELING
I can remember when Tarrah took Dad & I to the Reef for a day and it is an experience that we will never forget...we are so glad that you got to have this experience also even the close encounter with a giant grouper!!!!
Love the updates on the blog...you will treasure these memories in years to come...
Love you,
Mom

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