Archive for November, 2008

Glorious Summer Days!!!!

Sunday, November 16th, 2008

At the Cairns LagoonWe know that nearly in the rest of the world winter is already there. Well, not in Australia, and definetely not in Tropical North Queensland. Days are soooooooooooooooo hot. Don’t believe me???????? You only have to take a look at the photos we took this morning. I know my Spanish friends would think I’m kidding if they knew this photos were taken from 7.30am to 8.30am. Because, and Steve doesn’t understand this yet, Sunday morning are made to sleep in. And not one hour or two but the whole day, unless you’re meeting your friends to go out and have some tapas. Otherwise, you shouldn’t go further from bed than the sofa. But our Cairns underwater camera rental business keeps us busy and this morning the alarm went off at 6am. Not bad, eh? Now you understand why we don’t go out partying any more.

Cairns Lagoon, Australia In Cairns, Tropical North Queensland

And yesterday we decided to leave Cairns behind and discover Innisfail, a city we’ve only been to when we have visited Paronella Park. Innisfail is the Art Deco capital of Australia and in the photos you will see why. There are lots of beautiful buildings, many of them were built in the 1920’s.

Innisfail Church, Australia Art Deco buildings in Innisfail

Babinda Boulders, AustraliaBut before we got to Innisfail, we stopped in Babinda Boulders, a magnificent fresh water pool with a fascinating legend. Legend has it that a beautiful girl called Oolana, from the Yidinji tribe, married a very respected elder from her same tribe called Waroonoo. Very shortly after they married, another tribe moved in the area and a very handsome man moved in with this tribe. His name was Dyga and soon Oolana and Dyga fell in love. Realising how serious the crime they were comitting was, the adulterous couple escaped and fled into the valleys. But they were soon captured by the elders although Oolanda managed to break free and jumped into the still waters of what is nowadays known as Babinda Boulders, calling for Dyga to follow her. No sooner has she hit the waters than her cries for her lost lover turned the still waters into a rushing torrent and the land shook with sorrow. Massive rocks were scattered around the creek and the crying Oolana disappeared amongst them. The legend says that her spirit still guards the boulders and her cry for her lost love can still be heard.

Babinda Boulders, AustraliaIt’s a fantastic place, although not good for swimming. And the rainforest surrounding the boulders is very interesting, with lots of ferns forming intricated patterns around the trees. But we also saw some destruction caused by Hurricane Larry back in 2002. Huge fallen trees can still be seen, with massive roots that weren’t enough to hold them in place when the hurricane hit the area.

After the Boulders we made our way to Josephine Falls, a beautiful area within the Wooroonooran National Park. We were ready for a swim as it was getting very hot, but during the dry season, which we’re still in, there’s not enough water flowing and we decided to wait until we were back home and we could go to our swimming pool. We will go back when there’s more water as we saw some very wicked rocks perfect for sliding into the water.

At Josephine Falls At Babinda Boulders

 And to finish the blog for today, I’ll leave a photo of the most fantastic tree house I have ever seen. Can you imagine a better location for it???????????????

Tree House near Flying Fish Point, Australia

Happy 40th Birthday, Gorgeous!!!!

Wednesday, November 12th, 2008

Will he ever mature?????????????

Steve looking gorgeous in his 40th birthday

The Great Barrier Reef!!!!

Monday, November 10th, 2008

Ready for a scenic helicopter flight over the Great Barrier ReefMany of our friends don’t believe us when we say that we don’t have time to do much.,, but mostly our Cairns Digital Underwater Camera Rental business keep us busy every single hour of the day. But it’s unforgivable to live in this fabulous part of the world and not take advantage of its wonders. So when Down Under Dive, one of the many diving companies which visit the Great Barrier Reef from Cairns, invited us to go on a day tour with them, we left all our responsibilities behind and got ready for a fun day out. About time, isn’t it?

Of course, taking a day off is not easy and we have to work extra hours the day before, getting the cameras ready for deliveries on the day after, replying to all the emails that were on our inbox, etc. And the morning of the cruise was an early rise as well, only to make sure everything was under control.

But finally we got down to the Reef Fleet Terminal, where we met some of the Down Under Dive crew and in no time we were on the boat, heading to the Outer Reef. We were treated like royalty, having the chance to do as much or as little as we wanted to. And to make the most of the day, we did as much as we could: snorkelling, diving, helicopter flight… I had the chance to do two introductory dives, the kind of dives that you do if you’re not certified, which I’m not. For all of you who come to Australia and want to try diving for the first time, don’t hesitate, it’s wonderful and fairly easy. My instructor Marcus (Steve decided that beer and diving weren’t compatible and he didn’t have the heart to abandon his best friend, called beer) gave us a brief before diving, where he explained in detail what you need to do in order to dive safely. And he also showed us a few hand signals, so we could always communicate with each other underwater. And once in the water he always kept an eye on everyone, I felt very safe and I recommend it to every one.

But apart from diving and seeing wonderful coral and fish, we also had plenty of time to go snorkel (it seems beer and snorkelling are not enemies. I think the reasons for Steve not diving are others, but he’ll never admit it). We saw some of the most incredible coral formations, colourful fish and impressive giant clams. Unreal how if you touch one of those clams, they will immediately close themselves to avoid attacks. Even Nemo was waiting for us.

Steve snorkelling at Hastings Reef My first intro dive in the Great Barrier Reef

After snorkelling, diving, talking to great people on the boat, sunbathing, eating and drinking, it was time to head home. And that was when Elvis took over the whole boat, singing, playing guitar, but mostly making people laugh. I couldn’t choose my favourite moment of the day, but Elvis’ show was one of the highlights. Only one complaint, he has to learn a song for the Spaniards.

And here you have some of our fav pics of that day. Of course, they were taken with one of our wonderful underwater cameras.

Wonderful fish we saw when snorkelling More fish on the Great Barrier Reef
Gian Clam The Great Barrier Reef from a helicopter scenic flight