Me - Tarzan, You- Jane

Trip Start Mar 04, 2009
Trip End Mar 23, 2009

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Flag of Australia  , Queensland,
Sunday, March 15, 2009

Its' 6:00 A.M., and I'm beating on the door of the hotel restaurant. "I know you're in there, I can smell the coffee." I shouted. "Let me in -I'm on vactaion - I don't have any time to waste. " The front dest reportedly called the room and asked Jacqueline what to do with her husband. She told them, "Feed him some granola, give him a newspaper, and I'll be down there soon to take him for a walk." Thankfully, we had a 6:50 A.M. pick up for the Daintree Rain Forest excursion. We had a full day of plying waterways looking for crocodiles and pythons.

The most interesting stop was the Daintree Environmental Centre. We were introduced to the Rain Forest 's eco system by a guide named Jane, who has an infectious passion( x 10 ) for the forest in which she lives. She took us up a 5 level tree house of sorts. It revealed the dramatic differences that can occur every 15 feet as you venture up from the forest floor to the top of the canopy. Sunlight, moisture, humidity, animals, birds and plant life in this region make it like few places on the planet. She punctuated the experience by pointing out a giant female spider that spins and recoils her web each day. She pointed out that it is common for each female to have as many as 15 suitors. She seemed to whistfully and vicariously tell how the female would often eat her suitors or flick them off. She said that when you have 15 boyfriends, that's the luxury you have". I noted that most of the guys took a collective step back. Suffice to say, Johnny Weismueller won't be swinging through this jungle for this Jane anytime soon.
She did heighten my awareness for the snakes in wildlife that are nearly invisible during the day, but come out at night. Since I'm still suffering from the changes in time zones, I'm usually slept out by 3:00 A.M. and I thought I'd try Jane's theory. I stepped out on the balcony to see what nocturnal wildlife I could observe. In the light of the full moon, there was plenty--mostly people under 30 and those who wish they were.

Word for the day: Mossies = Mosquitoes

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