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July 18, 2006

home (where's that???) again...

It felt strange, when it was time to come home, to come home to Auckland. It was very nice to sleep in a big ol' comfortable bed instead of a bunk and not to have to share my room with any number of other sleepy travelers. I'm not sure how many different beds I've slept in over the past month. I'm not sure that I want to know... Hostels are great for many reasons: Cheap fun activities, meeting people, sometimes amazing locations (like one in the middle of a rainforest I stayed in over my birthday), free meals and/or a kitchen to cook your own, and PRICE, price, PRICE. I could never afford to do the traveling I've been doing and stay in proper hotels and motels. But, like I said, it is nice to sleep in a proper bedroom. And as lovely as Auckland is... I think its time to leave again. I'm beginning to crave the excitement of exploring a brand new city. Not sure which one (maybe Sydney?) and not sure exactly when (maybe in a month or so?), but I am sure that it is time to move on. The idea of packing up all of my belongings, is however, less appealing. Too bad it isn't possible to just shove this whole apartment with its lovely view, gym, sauna and pool into some magic carpet bag and just drag the whole thing off with me. Sigh...

But yes, it was nice to come home. Especially nice (even more so than the bed) was to come home to all of the cards and little presents that were waiting for me here. Thank you everyone for those. The cards are on the wall and the presents have been put to good use. For those of you thinking of sending anything more, I have to ask that you not use the apartment address anymore and to only use the PO Box number.

I am so far behind in my posting right now. I have piles of photos to post and I did try to post while traveling but I seemed to get a series of bad connections. Hopefully nothing horrible with happen to Auckland's web and I'll be able to play catch up.

Hmmm... So where was I? Oh yes! I had just learned to dive and was hanging out in Cairns. The next think I did was hop on a bus and head further north where I met my first saltwater crocodile.

I also meet my first kangaroo and cassowary, but I don't like my photos of them as much. Further up the road we came to the wonderful part tourist town, part jungle, and part beach resort, Cape Tribulation.




Only in Australia will you see something like this when you head down to the beach...


I spent two days and one night in Cape Trib and then headed back towards Cairns. On my way home were two amazing stops. The first was the Daintree River were we saw beautiful birds, snakes, more...

...and one sleepy white lipped tree frog.


After another hour or so on the bus we stopped as Mossman Gorge. A perfect place for a very chilly and refreshing swim.


Next stop, Mission Beach...