Yesterday we went to Mossman Gorge, which is a nice area in a rainforest to walk around. When we got into the visitors' centre to buy our tickets, we had realized we left the bug spray in the car. Jason asked the young girl working there if she recommended bug spray and she quickly told us there was no need for it. We took her word since she's obviously been in the area more than we have. This was a bad decision. As soon as the shuttle bus dropped us of to begin our journey through the gorge area, we began feeling mosquito bites
. The constant rainfall was not much of a bother to us since it was still warm outside, but the little pests definitely were annoying. All in all, I counted more than 30 bites from the hour or so we spent at Mossman Gorge. Regardless, the area is beautiful and we did enjoy our walk around it. At one point, I saw a small bright green snake out of the corner of my eye and saw it slither behind me. Of course when I told Jason what I had just seen, he felt really uncomfortable. Snakes, just like spiders we've learned, are scary when you don't know which ones may be harmful. But we have also toughened up a bit to other creatures. For instance, yesterday Jason found a giant moth in our bedroom and together (I opened the window!) we trapped and released it back outside and as I am typing this from the dining table, there are currently two geckos on the wall in front of me, but I am not freaking out. It's amazing what time in the tropics can do to someone's sense of fear!
Today we drove a couple hours to get to the Tablelands. This is a mountainous area with many little villages and towns and lots of beautiful natural stops along the way. We started in Millaa Millaa where there is a circuit of three waterfalls. It was raining pretty hard today and it wasn't as warm as the rain yesterday, but we did remember to use bug spray. We drove to each of the three waterfalls and took the short walks down to see each of them. Although they were pretty, Jason and I both agree that they must look even nicer without all the fog form the rainy day. Through our journey around the Tablelands, we also walked around Lake Eacham. This was a really nice walk through the rainforest around the lake. On this walk, I spotted another snake, this time a grayish-black one that was quite shiny. Of course after seeing this, we were both a little on edge for the rest of the walk
. Once we got back to the car, Jason saw and felt something on his ankle and after pushing whatever it was off of him, his ankle was bleeding a little bit. Shortly after this, I felt something itchy on my ankle so I reached down and felt it! It was a small sticky, black, squishy, leech-like creature that left my ankle bleeding a little too. Thankfully, the next thing we saw made up for the weird ankle biting encounter we both experienced. It's called the Curtain Fig Tree and it's a massive tree with heaps of trunks and vines all over it. It really was a remarkable sight. After a quick lunch, we went to see one more waterfall in Karunda, but the fog and mist were so heavy here that we really couldn't see anything. So we just got back in the car and drove "home". It was not the most exciting day, but we were still able to see some spectacular natural creations. This area would probably be better during the peak season, and not the rainy season.
On Monday, we took the day to relax and do some research. I watched the Super Bowl in the morning, which was a completely boring game and Jason caught up on some work. We just stayed at the house all day and took it easy. In the evening, we had a nice dinner with Sen. Monday also marked the official start of the rainy season during our stay in the Cairns area. It rained all day long.