Started at Mossman Gorge for a brief bushwalk - gorgeous and cool
with just the right amount of sun peeking through. Got up close and
personal with a bush turkey who has obviously ben fed by previous
visitors and gave me some poses expecting the same from me - sorry
Lots of windy roads and spectacular cliffside views of perfect pristine beaches - think Route one in California combined with the clear
blue waters and white sand beaches of St. Thomas - heaven. Then we came to the cable ferry across the Daintree River and on up the mountain into the rainforest heading up to Cape Tribulation (so named by Captain Cook in the late 18th century when his ship the Endeavour was stuck on the Reef there for 3 days while he was charting Eastern Australia.
Captain Cook pretty much discovered/claimed everything including
Australia (Botany Bay), Antartica, and then "came to Grief on the Reef"
We had lunch up on Cape Trib and then far too brief a time on the
beach, if I had known how brief I would have saved lunch for second and changed directly into my suit to go swimming on the most perfect beach I have ever been to. As it was I had to content myself with wading for 10 minutes before we had to leave - even that was wonderful.
After we left Cape Trib we did another bushwalk through the rainforest
and saw a 200 year old strangler fig where the original tree has
actually died and rotted away leaving this intricate pattern of vine
roots reaching up to the sky - our guide pointed out other strangler fig
trees in earlier stages on other trees. Once they take root on a tree,
that is it, that tree will eventually die, it is just a matter of time.
Also saw some amazing basket ferns that grow around the trees and look like bird's nest and they aren't parasitic but co-exist by feeding off
the dead leaves that drop off the trees and basically composting them
with rain water.
Finally we went on a Crocodile River Cruise and saw several crocs
ranging from 1 year to 80 years old - his name was Scarface, you don't
mess with him, and there is no question he has dinosaur DNA.
More great oceans vistas one the way back home. Another perfect day.
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