“Adventure is a path. Real adventure – self-determined, self-motivated, often risky – forces you to have firsthand encounters with the world. The world the way it is, not the way you imagine it. Your body will collide with the earth and you will bear witness. In this way you will be compelled to grapple with the limitless kindness and bottomless cruelty of humankind – and perhaps realize that you yourself are capable of both. This will change you. Nothing will ever again be black-and-white.” –Mark Jenkins
Saturday, 5 December 2009
Day 215 – Saturday 5th December – Lake Placid
Another totally broken night’s sleep and my cold seems to be getting worse not better. But on a brighter note, another early start meant we had breakfast, saw Boris the local saltwater crocodile being fed, and still managed to get on the road by 915am. We stopped at the Daintree discovery centre and walked the tree canopy trails learning about the flora and fauna of the rainforest – still not seen a Southern Cassowary but did see this laughing Kookaburra, and the mosquito bite counter now reads 10. Grrrrrr. Bought some local repellent – tropical strength, hopefully it will do the trick. We drove back down south towards Cairns and went into the Aboriginal centre to book tickets for the park experience and Bama-led bush walk. Very excited; tomorrow we learn to throw spears and boomerangs, play didgeridoo and track animals through the bush!