Chillin' in Port Douglas...

Trip Start Jul 23, 2008
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Trip End Jul 06, 2009


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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

First of all, Merry Christmas y'all!!! I'm not actually in Port Douglas anymore but it certianly is Christmas day in oz. It doesn't feel like it at all though as it's summer here and bloody hot. It's just not christmas without snow or at least subzero temperatures and freezing like a mofo. Instead i'm sweating like a mofo and gonna go for a deep in da lagoon very shortly. Hope y'all have a very happy, jolly festive time!

Alrighty roo...now back a few days to Port Douglas. It's quite a small, quiet, laid town with not too much to do but enough to keep me entertained. The town is on a cove and there's only one main drag with a few shops, bars, restaurants. One side of the cove is the 'Four Mile' beach and ocean. It's not a very busy beach which is lovely..and the only spot you can go swimming (without risking your life) is in the mofo stinger net that protects from the jelly fish. And on the other side of the cove is the marina, a park, a boardwalk...very quaint.

My first full day, i checked oot the Great Barrier Reef. I took a one day snorkeling tour (i'm not a fan of diving due to ear issues and apparent claustophobia). It took aboot an hour and a half to even get oot to the reef. I picked a perfect day as the sky was clear and sunny (has been overcast quite a bit), water was calm and visibiity was brillant, could see right down to the floor, and the floor was only aboot 20m down. They took us to 3 different sites. I was dressed head to toe in a stinger suit (safety first again) which brought me back to my spiderman costume incident in Mexico a few years back (for those of you who know).

I soon realized why the suits were so important though, the first site, there thousands of jellyfish everywhere in the water. They were aboot the size of a teacup, translucent, but with the sunshine it was easy to see them. You just had to swim right through them and let your face make a clear path. There are only a couple kinds that are actually deadly so it's not as bad it seems. The reef was gorgeous though at each site (and the other sites didn't have jelly fish really). One site was very shallow, only aboot a metre and then went down aboot 20m with a coral wall...so it was very easy to see everything just with snorkeling. The other site was more like a coral garden with different depths (still not too deep). I saw manyyyyyy colourful fish, big and small, barracudda, small reef sharks, stingray. It was a brillant day.

My other days spent in Port Dougie were very calm, quiet, relaxing. I did a bit of beach bumming, pool laying, hammock swinging, reading, writing, bike riding, swimming, wee bit of shopping and one of my favourite stargazing on my rocks near the ocean. It was very chilled...just what i wanted.

I tend to keep to myself a lot more these days in the hostel...i don't meet as many peeps that i would necessarily like to engage with for a long period of time, especially in Oz (as opposed to Africa or Asia, you get different travelers to some extent) as the peeps have different priorities. A lot of the backpackers are very young, have just left home and are crazy like i used to be. My priorities have definitely changed over the years and my idea of a good time is much different and its all verryyy simple. Yes i'm old and just want some good 'ol intriguing conversation or time to contemplate. I often think that i'm so simple now it's quite boring to hear aboot, and i should have been doing my blog when i was more young and crazy! Now that i'm old and low-key, i may bore y'all but ya can read at your own discretion...and please do! Thank ya very much!
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