Dan and Justy Down Under


February 21, 2005


I needed a day off and this was it.

I got a blue dress today! We arrived in Cairns (I am convinved that cities have the evil eye over them) and began to argue. We both want the same thing, its just a matter of who's going to get it his/her way. We managed to work it out, and find an internet place to post the last 5 days of reports.

Cairns (pronouned kans) is the major doorway to Northern Tropical Australia. The worlds gate to the reef if you would. Maps here have the Japanese kanji in line with western lettering, and oriental cuisine abound. The food court, where we doggedly lapped our fruit salad and croissant for lunch, had only one non-Asian faire.

The city has a touristy feel, but its also kinda cute. I like hempy-bong shops, and rastafarian colored walls as much as the next woman! The esplanade has a neat looking lagoon for swimming (the metal fish) and is surrounded by cafes and information bookies. We found a book exchange (need new reads) and got me a great new blue dress! Ahh, that's better...

Itinerary Highlights
January 20: Winery Tour
21-23: Moreton Bay Diving
25: Australia Zoo
26-30: Lady Elliot Island
February 13: Diving the Yongala
15-17: Cape Tribulation + Daintree Rain Forest
17-20: Atherton Tablelands
22-28: Coral Sea Diving Liveaboard
March 11-13: OzTek Dive Conference: Sydney
14: Fly to New Zealand
20: Poor Knights Islands Diving
31: Mt. Cook
April 2-4: Queenstown
TBD: To Be Dreamed

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