Adventures Beyond the Outback
Michele and Glenn - the four intreped travelers at Uluru.
Day of Rest
Played in the ocean with Julius,
laughing as the boisterous waves knocked me one way then another.
Joined Carrie for sunbathing after a run along the beach.
Apparently, we weren't the only
ones relaxing on the beach.
In the afternoon, we walked along the Esplanade
along the bay in
Cairns. So many people enjoying the park, exercising singly and in
large groups led by a leader, volleyball games in the sand, grills
surrounded by families, trees showing off black branches with red, blue
and green lights glowing from underneath.
Chose a gyro place among the
many restaurant offerings for dinner on the busy, tourist strip.
Day: The Geat Barrier Reef
woke early to meet our sailboat taking us to the Great Barrier Reef.
Captain Doug and his crew were warm and friendly as we sailed along
with twenty others to the reef 1½ hours away. Instead of the
coral wall I was expecting, our first stop took us to a shallow area,
where we could see the white sands four feet below with darker areas
clumped here and there. Those dark clumps turned out to be part of the
1,200 kilomenter Great Barrier Reef.
adjusted to snorkel and mask after a few panicky moments, but never
made the most of my fins. Even though the water was perfectly clear, I
could not see the life below until I applied the flat surface of the
goggles to the wavy waters. Then a whole new world came into crystal
clear view. Most of the corals in this area were pretty
in color—browns, tans, and soft greens—but the fish feeding there were
spectacular. At one point, when
swimming amongst a pod of zebra fish, I had the
distinct feeling of being in an
aquarium. The bright indigo
pinkie length buggers delighted me. I didn’t learn the names of any
fish other than the stingray Julius pointed out to me.
delicious lunch of fried chicken and salads, we went to a deeper spot
for snorkeling. I had had my snorkeling experience for the day and was
content to stay aboard, while Julius was the first in and last out.
Mostly, I was in awe to be sharing this experience of the Great Barrier
Reef with Glenn, Julius and Carrie.
crew served delicious snacks all day, but as we neared
pier on our return, Captain Doug cut the motor and served us wine and
cheese. Then this old, pony-tailed man began weaving stories about the
history of our boat, the Falla—which had been burned once and sunk
twice—and its early use in the heyday of the mother-of-pearl industry,
back before buttons were made of plastic. Captain Doug
how he rebuilt the boat and now tries to make a living giving boat
After hot showers back at our Airbnb pod, we
returned to Cairns
for deep bowls of Pho, mine filled with seafood, the others with beef.
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Updated November 11, 2017
contents ©2017 by Glenn Simonelli & Michele Stone.
by Julius Simonelli, Carrie
Simonelli & Michele Stone