Today is Rob’s last day of school. There is a graduation ceremony, but it’s in March so we will definitely skip it. He’s an official teacher now. Time to find a job!
We got home a few hours ago from Cairns. We had a great time. On Sunday we went on our reef cruise. We saw tons of coral, bright fish, a sea turtle, a sting ray and lots of giant clams. It was amazing. I took lots of drugs and didn’t feel sea sick at all. On Monday we rented a car and drove up to Daintree where we took a crocodile cruise on the Daintree River. The river runs through the Daintree Rainforest, which is the oldest rainforest on the planet. We did see one crocodile that was about 10 feet long. The guide told us that a crocodile only needs 150 calories a day to live. So they only feed every 6 weeks or so. I guess you really have to win the “horrible luck” lottery to be eaten by a crocodile. After Daintree we stopped at a few coastal towns and saw the beaches. It was beautiful.
Trip highlights: Rob found a $50 bill on the ground, Great Barrier Reef, Saltwater Crocodile
Trip lowlight: a fruit bat dropped a mango on my head. Really. It was so strange, it had grabbed a mango off a tree, but obviously it was too heavy and I was just standing in the wrong place at the wrong time. It hurt.
We leave for the Great Barrier Reef this afternoon. It is the first flight we’ve taken out of the last 20 where we didn’t have to get up at 5am or some other unholy hour and go to the airport. But when do I wake up this morning? 5:45am. I went to bed really early last night and I couldn’t sleep any longer. Our flight is at 4:15pm today. Queensland does not practice day light savings, so although we are flying east, it is one hour earlier there.
Tomorrow is our reef tour. It’s all day and we visit 2 locations, Michaelmas Cay and Hastings Reef. I’m going to OD on seasickness medication before we leave so I will feel well all day. The last time I did a snorkel cruise, in Hawaii, I very much wanted to die by the halfway point.
On Monday we’ve rented a car and we’re going to drive up to the Daintree and Port Douglas areas. Rob assures me that we won’t be in the car all day and that we aren’t going on any 15 mile hikes in our flip flops.
I’m excited, let’s go!
Rob and I were walking through the wildlife sanctuary today and passed a group of kindergarteners. We waved and said hello and the teacher exclaimed “Oh, Americans! Can you come talk to us?” So we walked over and the teacher told us that the class had just pretended to go to America. They pretended to see the Statue of Liberty and eat hot dogs. Hahaha. Is that the iconic image of the USA? She asked us where we were from and I said Los Angeles, that’s where Disneyland is. Several kids got excited and told us that they were going to go there some day. Cute.
I just accepted a job in the US when we return. I foolishly said that I could start the Friday after we get back, which will barely give me 40 hours to recover from the flight and time zone changes. But, it’s at a company where I already know and like everyone, so the “first day jitters” won’t be there. I’m very happy to have a job since we are getting close to broke after living in Australia for a year. Now… just to find Rob something. Anyone need any science education?
Dodgers Giants! Dodgers are my real team, but if I have to pick a backup team, it’s the Giants. Rob was rooting for the Cardinals to make it into the World Series. He claims it wasn’t just because I was rooting for the Giants. Uh huh. So now he says he’s going to throw his allegiance at the Tigers. We’ll at least have a world series with Dodgers/Indians division teams… Not quite the same.
In other positive news, Rob finished and turned in his last school assignment today. Now all he has left is to attend 3 days of classes. There is no final, just the last project, so technically, he doesn’t have to pay attention these last classes. I guess his reward will be nice trip to Daintree in the car that we agreed not to rent and then magically got rented anyway when I wasn’t looking… ahem.