Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Kuranda

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Day two started early. We hoped on the bus that took us to the train station. Holy smokes it was beautiful. Right across from the station there was a gigantic sugar cane field with the mountains in the background.

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It was raining but I didn't care....it was warm rain and I loved it.

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We took the train up the mountain. I can't remember when the rail was built, but it was a long time ago....by a man in charge named John Rock. (I only remembered this because it was so similar to John Lock from Lost and there were just too many parallels.....). We went though 15 hand dug tunnels and saw the most spectacular views.

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We passed by a beautiful waterfall...only to stop at a more magnificent waterfall a few minutes later.
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We were talking with one of the tour guides on the train (Janel), and we found out that her Dad had an Internet romance with a lady in "the states" and recently married her and moved to her town. Of course we asked where and she said Sumner Washington. Small world isn't it! (Sumner is about 10 minutes away)
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The last train stop was at this village (at the top of the mountain) named Kuranda. Kuranda is a village that was founded in the 60's by a group of hippies. It is a tiny little place and is quiet when the train isn't there. There are tons of shops and tourist attractions that the locals run. We stopped by one of the small zoos.
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We got to see some lizards, long neck turtles, crocodiles, snakes, kangaroos, dingos, koalas, and a few other creature that I can't remember their names.
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This one Koala was totally down for a photo shoot
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We bought some magnets from a local lady and then had to meet back up to take the sky rail down the mountain.
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(Riding down with Jake, Ben, Anna, & Me... + the Connors 4 month old, Molly)
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Riding over the top of the Australian rain forest. The views were amazing
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At the bottom of the sky rail, we ate lunch and then headed off to see the Tjapukai aboriginal cultural park.
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They are the original people that lived in Australia. They taught us how to play the didgeridoo, throw a boomarang, and throw a spear.
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The Australia people treated the Aboriginals pretty much the same way we treated the Native Americans. There are only a few Aboriginals left and it was pretty cool to see how they lived and the things they believed.
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Day two ended the same way as the first. We went back into town and shopped at the night market. A bunch of locals and their shops. I bought a purse made out of coconut shells. We were exausted so we took a taxi back to the hotel and swam.

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