I'm traveling to Cincinnati this week for my BFF's wedding! While I'm out of town, I thought I'd share with you one of my favorite vacations that I somehow never blogged about before now. Enjoy!
I arrived early in the morning and had some time to kill before Jason joined me. That early in the morning, the beach was deserted so I found a little spot to watch the sun rise. I'm quite certain this is my ultimate, symmetrically beautiful, happy place!
Seriously, I knew instantly that I was going to love Australia.
Jason insisted we stop when he saw this sign. I was less than excited but obliged.
Fruit bats are the creepiest little creatures ever but oddly adorable at the same time...from a distance!
After a fun day of exploring Daintree, we caught a ride on this fun, old train, back down the mountain to Cairns.
We're suckers for a rugby match and this Cairns Northern Pride game did not disappoint! Their fans were very welcoming and friendly and helped us learn some rules that were unfamiliar to us.
Our second day in Cairns was spent on the Great Barrier Reef. It was "winter" there meaning highs in the mid 70's which was the perfect break from the sweltering Japanese summer heat but it was slightly chilly out on the water.
That sure didn't stop us though. We suited up and jumped in.
WE SNORKELED OVER THE GREAT BARRIER REEF!
While I spent most of the excursion bent over the side of the boat (not the best time to discover you've developed motion sickness with age) it was still one of the coolest things I've ever done. I also discovered on that trip that I'm not a fan of open water. I hung on to the guide's float for dear life, along with all the little kids. Jason was so far out that I couldn't see him but me, I stayed as close to the boat as possible.
The next day we picked up this beauty and hit the road. We went against all the advice we had received and decided to drive the 1600 miles from Cairns to Sydney. That's essentially the same distance as driving from Bangor, Maine to Miami, Florida, you know, the entire east coast of America!
Because we chose to drive, we were able to stop along the way in some smaller towns, areas that most tourists skip right over when they fly.
Our 1st pit stop was at Cape Byron Lighthouse where we did a little whale watching.
Along the way, I also ate one of the best meals of my life in a little town called Lennox Head. It doesn't look like much but this buckwheat crepe stuffed with cheese and ratatouille was one of the best things I've ever put in my mouth. I think about it all the time.
We also got to see views like these while we drove!
Driving in Australia was...interesting. They drive on the left side, just like in Japan, so that wasn't anything unusual for us but the signs on the side of the highway were so interesting that they'll get their own post tomorrow...I hope you come back!