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Apr 7, 2015 - Carins - Day 2 - Lions, tigers, and bears oh my! Well, maybe not.

FOBTs, Here is another sunny, hot, humid day in Cairns. No, I'm not complaining, just explaining. Today's adventure involved going to a wildlife park north of Cairns. Even though I am having a lot of trouble uploading pictures, I'll do my best for some interesting samples of today. I can say that I played a sort of bit role of a combination of Crocodile Dundee and Steve Irwin, fortunately without the poor ending for Steve. My lunch companion was extremely unusual, and a first for me, and I took my first "selfie" for reasons that will be...

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Apr 6, 2015 - Cairns - Easter Monday

FOBTs, Today is Easter Monday in Cairns. The only reason I mention this is because it is an official holiday here, and a number of the restaurants and businesses are closed. That kind of surprised me. The weather is sunny to partly sunny, as you'll see from a few pictures, and quite warm. Good thing I brought shorts!! Cairns reminds me a bit of Darwin, both from the weather perspective and from their size. I would guess that Cairns is a bit larger than Darwin, and the city seems to have more of a beach type atmosphere, which I like. Since...

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Apr 5, 2015 - Hobart to Cairns

Good evening (Cairns time) FOBTs, First let me dispose of the potential question you may have about the pronunciation of Cairns. Okay, maybe you did not have that nagging question, but here is the answer. Cairns is pronounced as KArns (the capital A is to designate an elongation of the letter). Now that your minds are at rest, I have arrived in Cairns in Queensland, Australia. The temperature here is much different than in Tasmania. For instance, the last two days in Tasmania, the low temperature was 32 F (or 0 C) and 35 F (or 2 or 3 C). In...

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Mar 18, 2015 - birthday celebrations

Tuesday, March 18th Not a busy day. Cheryl, Pam and I went for a walk and stopped at a store where Pam bought a few items of clothing on sale. Score! We picked up lunch at Woolworth's to take back to the hotel. After lunch, we had some down time, then played cards for a while. We read a notice sent by the hotel advising us that Cyclone Nathan is expected to affect Cairns starting Friday, so it advised, among other things, that we lay in 48 hours worth of supplies in case of emergencies. it's our good fortune to be leaving tomorrow morning....

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Mar 17, 2015 - Don't rock the boat, baby

Tuesday, March 17, 2015 At 8:00, Pam, Marilynn and I set out for the terminal on the esplanade where we were to board our catamaran to the Great Barrier Reef to snorkel. Cheryl, having done that before, elected to stay ashore. We got on the huge catamaran and settled on chairs under a canopy at the stern. This, said one of the attendants, was the best place to avoid seasickness, since the bow of the boat was prone to more motion. She also told us that below decks we could get ginger pills as a preventative measure against seasickness, an...

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Mar 16, 2015 - Royal Botanic Garden

Monday, March 16 A lovely, sunny morning. We took a taxi to the Royal Botanic Gardens, a large public garden with a variety of plants from all over the world. It began in 1958 as the Flecker Botanic Garden, but in 1971 it was expanded to include the Centenary Lakes (one freshwater and one tidal saltwater lake), a rainforest boardwalk and an Arts Centre. We wandered for an hour and a half through one side of the park, taking lots of photos and enjoying the shade. Lunch was at the park café, an outdoor café with an Australian turkey that...

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Mar 14, 2015 - Cairns Cyclone Nathan

Saturday, March 14 We awoke to an overcast day and it has been raining off and on throughout the day, although it is still over thirty degrees. The rain is incredibly heavy at times. In the morning, we discovered that flying foxes (fruit bats) are roosting in the trees across from our hotel. What I thought were bird cries were actually the squeaks of bats. We’re told that around 5:30 they leave the trees en masse to go food hunting. Later in the morning, we walked down to a visitors’ centre, stopping at Woolworths (mostly a grocery store...

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Mar 13, 2015 - from Alice Springs to Cairns

Friday, March 13, 2015 Breakfast by the pool was very pleasant. Gallahs flew from palm tree to palm tree, much like crows in that they are early morning squawkers, but more colourful and musical in their cries. After breakfast, Cheryl, Pam and I walked downtown while Marilynn chose to remain at the hotel. We followed a path along the Todd River, which in this season is a dry sand bed. Once on the main street, we wandered from store to store. Aboriginal art adorns countless items, but like all souvenir merchandise, the same articles appear...

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Feb 4, 2015 - The Great Barrier Reef

Well today we were awake at 2am. We got up took our showers, had coffee and then we had to meet over at the Reef Terminal for our boat ride ( a very large catamaran) over to Green Island. It took about an hour to get there a very nice little island with its own exclusive resort. Wish I had known about it. Appeared to be pretty exclusive (only 46 rooms) So much to do on this island we first went on a glass bottom boat tour. It was very nice our tour guide was very informative. Saw many different fish and a few sea turtles. We then went...

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Feb 3, 2015 - Cairns

Arrived today around 2:45 pm. So glad to finally be off the plane. We had all great flights. It is just really hard to sit all that time and you just don't sleep good. We are staying at the Shangra la hotel in cairns. It is very nice, we have a great room and beautiful pool area. We went for a quick swim and then walked around town for awhile. We were looking for someplace to eat but we decided to get a huge gelato so much for dinner. We just came back to the room and we are so tired. I think it is going to be lights out. It feels so good...

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Oct 17, 2014 - Getting Away!

After some angst with the cold water hoses under the van (all had to be replaced as they were perished and leaking) I finally got away at 10am on Friday 17th October. Baby Girl and I headed for Innisfail where we turned off onto the Palmerston Highway heading for Ravenshoe. Crawled up some really steep grades but made it ok. Went through Millaa Millaa and Ravenshoe and stopped for the first night at Archer Creek, a very large and pleasant camping ground.

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Aug 23, 2014 - Cairns

Took a trip to Cairns for the day. Sue had seen on the Internet that Cairns has a Myer Store so it was a must see. I'm sure she thinks Myer also has a World Heritage Listing, or at least deserves one. We did a nostalgic drive around town and went out to the old house we used to live in. Like the rest of the East Coast there have been significant changes in Cairns and its growth has been dramatic to say the least. We were both surprised with how the culture has morphed from a lazy town that was driven by sugar and fishing to one that now...

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