Sunday, October 15, 2017

Our Little Corner of the World...Visiting Darwin, Australia!



Our last stop in Australia was Darwin...
we booked an excursion on a river boat to see Crocodile!


This guy was one of the first we saw...


...he was pretty impressive!


This stately matron was guarding her nest of Crocodile eggs...
hard to tell from the photo...
but she's missing her two front legs.


This guy was pretty adamant that he was ready to snack on 
the goodies the boat was dangling...


...he kept coming back for more...


Yeah...not in any hurry to dangle my arm over the edge of the boat!


We did see some birds...


...but not being a birder of any sort...


...I'll have to defer to my blog friend Stewart
to see what's swooping down for nibbles 
of the treats the boat had for them!


This guy didn't want to accept the treats were done for the day!


After our river trip we stopped for a bite to eat.


If you noticed the floats around the swimmer, this is the area
that is protected from dangerous critters...
like the Crocs above!!!
One thing we found out while in Australia is there are
a lot of critters and bugs in Australia that can hurt or kill you...
...yep...
Aussies get the reputation of being a tough
group of people for good reason!!!  


I never did see just what this guy was "shooting"!


Heading back to the ship...

...next stop...

Singapore!



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Saturday, September 30, 2017

Our Little Corner of the World...Visiting Port Douglas...




After our less than exciting stop in Cairns...our next stop was
Port Douglas.


We arrived at Port Douglas as this charming little dock area...
and from here we decided we wanted to walk to the beach.


Our first glimpse of the charming Port Douglas Beach...


Lot's of activity on the beach...


Along the walk back to the docking area, I found this unusual flower...
In the afternoon...we took a river cruise on Australia's 
version of the African Queen...
I'm serious...it really reminded me of the African Queen...
I was ready to shoot the rapids!!!



Instead...we saw the remnants of a cyclone, 
from a few years back...


...and this guy!
Just sunning himself while waiting around for a little snack...


It was a very pretty trip down the river...


...and the Captain was entertaining.



"Maybe if I get a little closer to shore, a bite will come my way..."


And then back to the ship!


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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Our Little Corner of the World...visiting...Cairns???



We signed up for an ATV tour of Cairns...
or so we thought!!!


We ended up on an ATV track, on a small ranch outside of Cairns.
We thought we'd be seeing the sights while riding ATV's...
Instead...I was the sight!!!

Some kid pulled ahead of me, then didn't follow the
instructions of what do when going through mud...
Yep...a wall of mud covered me....

I have to admit we had fun...
or at least I did until I was covered with mud...

So glad I didn't take my camera with me!!!



Saturday, September 23, 2017

Our Little Corner of the World...Returning from Airlie Beach!





Sometimes...the trip to and from our port
was as entertaining as the port!


Beautiful, eh?


These two were sitting across from us on our tender back to the ship...


...they were rather entertaining!


A little reflection while heading back to the ship!


Aren't they sweet????


Brothers are pretty much the same around the world!!!


And the ship is in sight!!!  Thank goodness!!!


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Thursday, September 7, 2017

Our Little Corner of the World...Visiting Airlie Beach, Australia!!!



Our next stop was Airlie Beach...


We took the tender to the port.


...once there we walked along the bay to the main part of town...


...it was a lovely beach, a bit worse for wear after Cyclone Debbie.



Not sure how these boats survived the cyclone...I'm guessing they
were elsewhere?


We saw several boats that were beached as a result of the cyclone. 


Words of wisdom on the back of the rental car?


Quite a bit of damage done by Cyclone Debbie...
posting this certainly makes me think of the pending damage to our 
South East Coast of the US with Hurricane Irma on the warpath.
Prayers to all of you in her path...stay safe!


Lunch at a charming outdoor cafe!
I had fish n' chips...again!!!
Couldn't get enough of the Aussie's version of it!!!


Channeling a bit of Edgar Allen Poe???
(Yep...this is my paltry entry to Wild Bird Wednesday!
Well...it's a bird and it's wild!!!)


Right next to me at the cafe was this lovely bougainvillea!


Walking back to the ship, we caught a glimpse of it in all its glory!


I couldn't resist this shot...missing our Kelly!


I'm not so sure I'd want to rent this one...


I want a recumbent kayak!!!




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