April 17th, 2012
It was day two of our trip and we all woke up bright and early for the second day in a row. We arrived at a cute little forest area with a beautiful river running through it. I went for a swim in the river along with four others and I couldn’t think of a better way to start the day. The water was cool and refreshing, and I can almost guarantee I came out cleaner than I did jumping in.
We had a jam packed day so we continued on with our journey. After taking a gorgeous scenic route along the coast, we arrived at a wildlife center where we saw crocodiles, kangaroos, and emus. Those emus are wild. We continued on where we arrived at Daintree Rainforest. Our tour guide, Peter, began talking about the rare Australian bird called the Cassowary. As we were driving along and he was spitting our facts about this bird, Claire spotted one in the bushes! Peter said that most Australians will never come across one in their lives. It took him six months before he spotted one, and thanks to Claire our entire van got to see a male Cassowary and his babies. The picture below is one I took off the internet but I just thought it was pretty cool that we got the chance to see one on our trip!
After walking through the rainforest we had lunch at a secluded but beautiful beach. It was stunning. Beach shore, with the rainforest in the back was amazing. We had lunch and went to get some rainforest ice cream! Each cup of ice cream came in a mix of four flavors of fruit of the rainforest. I can only remember raspberry and soursop, but the mixes of these flavors were so unique. I even went a little wild and got a cup of fresh frozen mango. yum.
We ended the night as little daredevils. We went to AJ Hackett and all went on the minjin jungle swing and bungy jump. We all had some fun on the as we went for a swing and felt the adrenaline jumping 50m/164ft high off the ground.
Altogether, I could not have planned a better trip myself. On top off all the fun activities in the day we got to experience the night life in Cairns, had some cherished pillow talks with the roommates in the hostels, and more chill late night conversations while fulfilling out late night munchies. At the end of it all, I just realized how much of blessing it is to have been able to experience all these events and see beauties around the world with my own two eyes.