Dreamtime Walk

Trip Start Jul 01, 2006
Trip End Jul 31, 2006

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Tuesday, July 18, 2006

It poured all night again, and we woke up to dripping trees and roosters crowing. Mandy suggested a rainforest walk, but we opted for the aboriginal Dreamtime walk. Luckily, the rain cleared, and Kellen listened well for 2 hours.

Our guide was wonderful and entertaining. He'd introduce us to things like the stinging tree, which delivers a lymph node poison that has no cure, the idiot fruit, which is poisonous to all living creatures, and other poisonous delights from the rainforest. I became so paranoid that I refused to touch anything- even the wood on the ground. Our guide also loved to drop names (Jane Fonda visited, Bill Clinton made plans but couldn't make it, etc.)

He showed us how the rainforest people learned to find their way, determine edible fruit from killer stuff, etc. We were shown the candlenut which contains an oil that burns like a candle (go figure.)

We got to see a rock painting that will never be repainted, because the elder who retouched last had not given the gift of the paint to the next generation before he died.

At least there weren't leeches-or so I thought until the guide set me straight (at least they weren't attacking like in Thailand -E). After the tour, we were treated to a Didgeridoo performance, the Didgeridoo being a musical instrument made from a naturally hollowed out thick wooden stick. Blowing into this instrument creates a low pitched warbeling noise which can be shaped into interesting rhythms.

Afterwards, we went on a hike in the Mossman Gorge National Park. Here we got Kellen to go on a long hike. Unfortunately, after this, Kellen decided that hikes were a lot of work and decided to make us carry him in the future.

We saw interesting insects and plants and generally had a nice time.

On the way to dinner, we saw at least 30 or more white cockatoos in the distance-an amazing sight.
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