. We ate lots and it came out to be still cheaper than at home when we go for sushi.
Yesterday we had a free day in Cairns and took the day to relax. We walked along the waterfront, found a Vietnamese restaurant so that we could have noodle bowls for lunch and relaxed by the hotel pool. For supper we went to the grocery store and bought kangaroo burgers which I cooked on the barbecue in the common area at the pool. The hotel had BBQ utensils that we could borrow so it worked out really good. The burgers were awesome.
Today I was up early and went for a run along the boardwalk and out along a bike path. I ended up half way up a pretty steep hill at a viewpoint overlooking the airport. Gina slept in a bit and had herself breakfast. We then finished repacking our stuff from the boat trip and picked up our rental car which was not far away. We headed north along the Captain Cook highway towards Port Douglas and Cape Tribulation. The road was very winding but the view were amazing with the steep mountains covered in rainforest on your left and the ocean on your right. We stopped at the Mossman Gorge on out journey and went for a short 3k hike through the rainforest. Gina was in photo heaven again taking lots of pictures of the unique plants. After the gorge we were forced to make an unexpected stop to fix our back tire which had gone flat. We filled it with air but you could hear it leaking so we had to put on the spare. Luckily it is a full sized and not a doughnut. We were back on the road in 10 minutes but we knew we would be cutting it close to make it to Cape Tribulation on time for our jungle surfing we had booked. We had to cross the Daintree River on a ferry which was cool but the road to Cape Tribulation was so winding and narrow that you could not speed on it if you tried
. We made it right on time at the meeting spot for the jungle surfing and once the rest of the group showed up we were off high into the rainforest canopy. Jungle surfing is a series of zip lines that they have set up where you go from one tree to another high in the canopy. We got harnessed up and our helmet which had funny names by which we would be known throughout. Gina was Popeye, I was the Incredible Hulk. The first zip line is actually uphill, the only uphill zip line in the world, where they pully you up to the second platform. The second and third zip lines you do in partners. The fourth you do on your own and the really let you go fast, the fifth you do on your own upside down with no hands staring down at the forest floor 50' below which was lots of fun. The whole thing was a lot shorter than what we expected but we enjoyed it anyways. Starving since the flat tire messed with our lunch plans we stopped on our way back to Port Douglas at one of the beach accesses for a sandwich. The place was right off a postcard with the rainforest leading out to a white sand beach with turquoise water. Gina again went picture crazy. We finally made it back to Port Douglas where we are staying for the next two nights.
Tomorrow crocodiles and a fancy dinner in the rainforest!
We made it back to Cairns safely after our adventures on the reef and after settling up our tab at the dive shop we checked into the same hotel as the first night when we arrived after Alice Springs. Since we didn't have a chance that night when we arrived, we headed out to explore the city. Our hotel was in a great location for this as the city is centred along the waterfront where they have a long boardwalk with bars, restaurants, a large salt water pool for swimming since you can't swim in the ocean due to crocodiles and a lot of other activities. We ran into a couple from France who we had met on our tour of the outback on our walk so we stopped to chat for a bit. Gina was hungry for sushi so we searched the downtown until we found a very interesting sushi bar. You could order both off the menu but they also had a model train that did loops of the bar and on it was plates with different rolls and sushi on it and you could take what you wanted and pay by the plate. The cost was based on the colour of the plate which was determined by what was on it