One more night, oooh just one more night

Trip Start May 31, 2012
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Trip End Aug 08, 2013


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Reef Palms Cairns
Read my review - 5/5 stars

Flag of Australia  , Queensland,
Saturday, October 20, 2012

Did anybody recognize the title of this blog post? Phil Collins song? Anyone? Really? It's a great song. I suggest you take a moment and look it up on youtube, I'll wait....

Here, I'll help you; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zKVq-P3z5Vg

Ok, everyone's back now? Good, great song isn't it? Aren't you glad you checked in here today? Got to listen to a great song and now you're about to read an amusing blog post! How lucky are you?! A bunch of lucky ducks.

Anyway, to the blog post!

This is the last post about our vacation to Queensland. We stayed in Cairns on our last night, at a nice little place called the Reef Palms. They had a pool there and a bbq so we swam and heated our food up on said bbq. We were sad to say goodbye to our hippie van. We cleaned it all out and dropped it off at the rental place. It wasn't too far from the place we were staying so it was a short walk back, which was nice. And the airport was close by as well, which meant a fairly cheap and fast cab ride at 5:30 am to catch our flight.

There was a family with 2 small boys ahead of us in line the week before in Adelaide at the airport. Y'know how when you're travelling somewhere, there are always some people that you see in line, and then on the plane, and then when you're getting your bags? Well, that was this family for us. We saw them in line to check our bags, then they were a few rows ahead of us on the plane. We saw them at the airport in Cairns as we got our bags. Then, we saw them a few hours later, after we had picked up our hippie van at a grocery store outside of Cairns! THEN, we saw them again at the airport at 5:30 am, a week later when we were flying back from Cairns to Adelaide. I suppose it's not that unusual that we'd be taking the same flights back, but it seemed kind of strange to run into them again. They didn't seem to notice us, or if they did, they didn't stare like I'm sure I did, poking Kara in the ribs saying "It's that family again!".

Since our flight was so early and wasn't very long, we arrived in Adelaide at 10:30 am with the whole day still ahead of us. We went grocery shopping and decided we were going to stop for lunch someplace in the Adelaide Hills, which are on the way home anyway. It's about a 3 hour drive from Adelaide to Kingston and every time we pass through the hills we vow to stop, 'next time'. Well, this was our 'next time', and since we were still in a vacation-y mood, it was perfect.

So, we're driving along the highway, Kara's playing on her iPhone and I'm thinking about lunch (what else is new?) and from out of the bushes right beside/ahead of us, appears a cute and cuddly koala! Now, we hadn't seen a koala yet, and we both really wanted to. We passed up the opportunity on Magnetic Island to hold a koala because it was pretty expensive and we figured we'd see one soon enough anyway. And boy were we right! Anyway, before I could even get Kara's attention to show her this cute little guy, he came running onto the highway and I squashed him with our car. It scared the hell out of Kara, who looked up just in time to see something furry go under our wheels and then hear the thump. I felt sick, and I felt terrible. You have to believe that there was nothing I could've done to avoid him. There were cars passing me in the other lane and a car behind me. As I saw him coming straight for me, I tried to slowly veer away in the hopes he would turn back, but he just headed straight into our grill. Poor little guy.

We were both quite shaken and sad, so we stopped in nearby Hahndorf for lunch and to check the car. The front grill has a plastic front over it and that was cracked, but that was really the only damage, just superficial. Kara tried to make me feel better, reminding me that there was nothing I could've done. We stopped at a nice little German restaurant and Kara got the sausage trio and I got a hamburger the size of my head. That kind of cheered me up.

Anyway, we made it home safely with no further incidents. I almost hit a snake crossing the road shortly before we got home, but he made it across before I got him. I thought, 'How many emblematic Australian critters am I going to kill on this drive?', but the answer thankfully turned out to be 'No more.'

P.S. We had a good laugh on the plane because the airline company we flew with has these safety instructions with the funniest drawings of people on them. We covertly took a picture of the guy who was supposedly manually blowing up his life jacket but we thought of a few other things he looked like he was doing. Check the pictures below to read a few of our thoughts, if you dare....

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