We had to wake up early this morning because it was our first excursion. I was up early anyway but I didn’t go down to the jogging track. I just got ready and then met my grandparents down for breakfast. It was just my grandpa and I going out, because my grandma had already been here multiple times before and wanted to say behind and read (she’s obsessed with the Hunger Games, which I found really funny).
We headed down to our meeting point and then headed off the ship and onto the busses. Cairns is known as the home of the great barrier reef, but it also holds a large rainforest. Our trip was a cable car ride through the rainforest. It was a lot of fun! We went really high up and ran right through the middle of it all. It was extremely mountainy so our cart got really high and could see everything. There were three stops were you got off the car and walked a bit through the forest and look around. I’d never seen anything like it. The trees were so tall, the vines were huge, there were Cockatoos flying around. It was so cool. At one point, the carts went right past a waterfall.
As we got higher and further out, it started to get really foggy. In the thickest point, you could hardly see the car in front of you. Around the second stop, it really was raining (hence the name rainforest, I guess). We were handed umbrellas and walked around for a bit, took pictures, etc. It was really cool. It’s was funny to think that it was raining in the forest but not when we had gotten off the boat; oh the wonders of nature. Speaking of nature, the sounds in the forest were so cool. It sounded just like a scene from a movie. When you were really high up in the air in the cable car in the middle of the fog, and the rain was tapping against the window, you could hear all this wildlife down below. Bugs chirping and birds screeching and all sorts of other sounds that I can only imagine the animals they belonged to. It was so serene.
After the forest, we stopped off at a little market. It was a spot where you could eat, shop, sit down. And we ended the day with a tour of Cairns. It was definitely a lot of fun. It was interesting to see and hear what it was like living in such a tropical area. I can’t say that it’s for me, but it was definitely beautiful.
Once we got back, I ate lunch and headed right to the showers. I was covered in bug spray and suntan lotion and wanted to wash it off ASAP. Then a much needed nap was had. The rest of the evening was pretty routine; afternoon tea, dinner and a show. Tonight was a violinist. He had played for the royal family, won Australia’s got talent (or whatever the TV show was called) and a bunch of other things. He was really good. Again, the only problem was that I was having a hard time staying awake! Even though it was only eight, I was exhausted and couldn’t keep my eyes open!
Well, we have another five days at sea now until we get to Guam. I imagine that it’s going to be pretty uneventful (which is fine by me. I like the lazy days), but I might not update here every day. We’ll have to see.