Trip Start Jun 20, 2011
Trip End Jul 09, 2011

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Rydges Capricorn Intl Resort

Flag of Australia  , Queensland,
Saturday, July 2, 2011

On Saturday July 2nd we drove out to the Capricorn Caves. Together we walked through the cave. It wasn't really a "decorated" one but still a lot of fun to explore. The Cathedral Room inside of the cave was set up to be used for services or weddings. We all sat there for a bit. Our guide turned off the lights so we could enjoy the natural darkness of the cave while she played some inspirational music. Following this room, our delegation split into three groups to explore an easy, medium and hard part of the cave. I led our group down into the middle section. It was literally "down" as it gradually got lower and lower and lower. It began with a crawl. And all the while it was in pitch blackness save for one flashlight we had among us. Near the end it seemed like an impassable dead end, but we had to lay flat on our stomachs and crawl from one room of the cave into the next, crawling our like a birth.

     Following our lunch, we drove to a cultural center to meet with
the mayor and a government official. They discussed their system with
the students.

     In the afternoon we had a few hours of free time at the resort. I
took a walk out to the beach. The width of the sand was so great and out
in the distance of the ocean were small mountains with sandy beaches
touching the water.

     At 6PM we visited a crocodile farm.
Despite the crocs and our dinner, I was most impressed by the visibility
in the night sky. I only wish there was someone who could have
explained the constellations, but it was still a thrill to see so many
luminous stars. When I wasn't star gazing, the students used flashlights
to look for the red eyes of crocodiles in the distance. We saw some
close up in cages. Inside we had our dinner. The highlight there was a
bowl of creamy crocodile chowder.



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