PORT DOUGLAS, NORTHERN QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA
Sorry, the posts are a little out of order due to our lack of decent internet connections.
We, or perhaps I should say I, decided to head up north to Port Douglas, Cape Tribulation, and the Daintree Rainforest. I don't actually think my traveling companions were too hip on the idea of a 1,700 km drive up the coast of Queensland, but as I was navigating they didn't really have a choice in the matter. Besides, I plied them with the promise of a swim-up apartment in the heart of Port Douglas. And, really, what kind of person wouldn't want to visit such a welcoming place?
In all seriousness, it turned out to be a good stop for everyone. The girls enjoyed swimming in our own private (due to low tourist numbers) pool, which was located just outside our sliding glass door. Ryan had to suffice with wireless internet, cable tv and the best abondigas (a mexican meatball dish) in the southern hemisphere. While I enjoyed a day in the Daintree, which included: a crocodile cruise, a cable crossing ferry ride, a visit to the Bat House where we petted a basket of baby bats and fed apples to an adult bat (Oddly, after driving far into the rainforest to find the Bat House, we found a large group of flying foxes in the trees a few blocks away from our apartment! Oh well, the up close encounter at the Bat House was still worth it.), and the day finished up with lunch and quick stroll along a lovely beach. There were heaps of tiny crabs on the beach, each one excavating an underground den. The designs the crabs made with the unwanted sand were amazing.
(Click on the bottom left thumbnail and enlarge to see the tiny crab in the upper center of the picture.)