Green Like You've Never Seen!

Trip Start Nov 30, 2005
Trip End May 13, 2006

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Tuesday, March 7, 2006

Jodi and I were in her new apartment in Townsville. We were drinking some wine and looking through old photos and we saw a picture of a friend Hendrik. Jodi said "that's what we should do tomorrow- go visit." Hendrick lives really far north- further than Cairns. So we woke up in the morning and hit the road. It was pouring up in the tropics because its the wet season.

I went through small country towns and fields of sugarcanes and hills peaking out of the low clouds, and more shades of green than you can imagine. It was gorgeous even through the rain. We stopped in the town that has the most rainfall in all of Australia- and took a picture beside the giant gum boot.

When we were near Cairns we looked up Hendricks number and called him up-- he was really happy to hear from us. So we drove up and sat around amongst the rain and colorful tropical sounds of birds, squeaks of geckos and tree frogs hopping around us. We at at their house and drank some beers and caught up. It was a really fun evening.

Then it was 450 km all the way back the next day. (I had to catch my flight at 4:30). We went through the Tablelands all the way back and through the "Salad Bowl" which they call that because it can grow everything. It was lots of cows and dairy, and coffee, and mangoes, bananas and just anything that they plant! Sometimes it would dip back into the rainforest and I saw the coolest tree I've ever seen (picture to follow later). We also checked out a waterfall and it was just a wonderful drive. It was less rainy but still felt so wet and humid because, well, its a rainforest.

I barely caught my flight. It was an amazing couple of days.
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