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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Tropical North Queensland
Barely making flights.........That's another story.

But for now I just wanted to say just how special Hads made me feel by coming so far north for only a couple of days and didn't we cram in some kms.

Hads was quite fortunate to see the wet, it seems a long time since we've had some good rain. Before xmas 2005 our dam/resevoir level was down to 1%, and we have been on strict water restrictions.

If you've not heard though, Hads has travelled through what is now a disaster area due to Tropical Cyclone Larry hitting Innisfail and the tablelands on Monday 20th March. As for the greenery and the 'salad bowl', the banana industry(paw paw & rambutan) has reported losses of up to $300 million with also significant damage to cane fields. This only a week after Hads sweeping visit. They've named another smaller Cyclone 'Wati' that is off the east coast and looks to be staying away for now.

Loved the visit and will post later re: the flight story and catching up with Hendrik.

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