Location: Cairns, Australia
Today was another classic Argo shore excursion day. Early wake-up, quick packed breakfast and lunch, and then a long bus ride. It was not entirely normal, though, because this was our last shore time altogether. The excursion was to Cape Tribulation and the Daintree Rainforest. We got up early, boarded the bus, and were greeted by the beaming smile and hilariousness of our driver Dan. We drove up the Australian coast, receiving amazing views of the ocean. Eventually, we got to our first stop, Port Douglas. Everyone got out and walked down to a small art and food fair just to look around and browse. Others went to get some nice breakfast or coffee and even look for souvenirs. Our short time in Port Douglas ended, and we boarded the bus again to Mossman Gorge. We arrived and took another bus to the gorge where we walked some trails, swam in the river, and went on a hanging bridge that made me a little nervous, but others found fun to jump on and swing around. You may get the pattern, we quickly returned to the bus and started toward the Daintree Rainforest. We got to the river to take the ferry across the Daintree River and received our warnings of the dangers of saltwater crocodiles and how they are known to attack people. No one got bitten – dont worry. We crossed the river then had a nice long drive through the rainforest, which was probably my favorite part of the day. It was just so peaceful to sit down and appreciate all the nature flying by us. We eventually reached a nice beach where we were able to get lunch, a bunch of us went and played some beach volleyball, and soccer while others tanned and just chilled out on the beach. Again, we quickly had to get back on the bus and depart back to the river, where we had a crocodile spotting boat ride. We saw two crocodiles, some awesome birds and even snakes hanging in the trees. After the river cruise, we got back on the bus and headed home to Argo. Carolyn had already made our food for us, so we sent everything up and fed a hungry crew. This is our final night with Jim, and we gave him a huge thank you for all he has done for us and especially for him sharing his amazing stories and life knowledge with us. Today was an amazing day full of some of the most positive attitudes I have ever seen on this trip, and although we all would have liked to stay at some of the locations today longer, it was so much fun, and I think we all had a fantastic time.