I think this will be my last of the Australia posts. So- all of you readers that have been holding back on the comments- now's your last chance.
Did I mention that Australia just kept getting better and better?
Our last full day in Brisbane- we got up early and set off for Moreton Island- the most amazing little island off the coast. We took the 'Dolphin Wild' cruise and loved every single second. The crew was hilarious and so nice. And the views were unreal. The best I've ever seen in my life.
The boat ride out was about an hour and was really really fun. It was pretty choppy and I loved it. I think even Kent enjoyed it- thanks to the dramamine he took first.
Quite the impressive animal! I really wish that I could have touched one!!!
After a few dolphin sightings we got to go boom netting. Maybe this was my favorite part of the day. It was sooo fun. That's why I'm including about a zillion pictures of it.
They suit you up and throw you on a giant net behind the boat!
At first it's all fun and games. They drive around and you play in the water-
and then they start getting faster and faster.
we got on the net with three Brazilians who were about our age and wanted to be as crazy as us and then I almost died. Okay- it wasn't that bad- but it was pretty insane!
This day was probably the hottest we had- so the swim felt wonderful.
After boom netting we anchored down and they fed us lunch. It was pretty tasty- if you like giant prawns with ridiculously long feelers. SICK. Do you see that long antenna hanging down out of the picture. Kent actually liked the critters.
I didn't even try them. I tried lots of new fish on the trip- I didn't feel the need to eat these. Luckily they had chicken, too. Can you see my sunburn already coming through? I had just reapplied the sunscreen.
After lunch we got to go ashore and conquer this beast. It doesn't look tall here- but do you see that red little circle at the top of the sand? Inside the circle is a person. The dune was humongous. Monstrous!
But- of course- the top was well worth the effort.
Coming down the sand dune was just as great. You just run and jump and soar. It's a little like flying.
After scaling the dune- we took some time to enjoy the water and play around a bit.
And then finally set off on our last adventure for the day- snorkeling in the shipwrecks!!! They've got an amazing reef that has grown all along the wreckage.
I'm a novice snorkeler (it was my first time) and I was a little nervous- but all went well. I'm still not sure if I could do the scuba thing- but the snorkeling was amazing. We saw sharks- coral growing along the shipwrecks- and a plethora of fish. We took rolls with us and let the fish come up and eat out of our hands. It was crazy and a little creepy.
The day ended with a great dinner and a run to the store for lots of tim tams. If you haven't had a tim-tam slam- you haven't lived! Tim-tams are great little chocolate cookies that are all over Australia.
I may have a few more pictures that pop up- but for now I'm finished! The airplane ride home was 14 hours and quite pleasant. I had my own little tv with an unlimited choice of movies and tv shows, a great shoulder to sleep on (thanks, kent!), and not another care in the world. Even a cramped long plane ride can be amazing when no toddlers are involved.
It was the trip of a lifetime and the Australians are some of the nicest people on the planet. Going on big trips like this can be so stressful! You stress out that you shouldn't go. You shouldn't spend your hard saved money. You shouldn't leave your kids with other people for nine days (okay- so I never really felt bad about that). You know- the list goes on. But I don't regret a single bit of it! So again thank you to EVERYbody for making it possible! Thanks a million Dave and Michelle! and thanks mom and dad so so much. Thanks to Pat and Brent! to Metta and Clair. To all of kent's sisters and nieces and nephews!