Living in a Marsupial World
 
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We met up with the Jamroz clan as they were fresh off the boat from a snorkeling trip on the Great Barrier Reef. Adele and Brandt graciously invited us to join them on their last night up in the Daintree at a fantastic house they had rented for the week. We were really excited to spend a night with all the Jamrozes and to sleep in an actual house with all the wonderful amenities that go with it i.e. hot shower, laundry machine, and real beds. Adele showed us her pictures from their adventures in Oz on the enormous flat-screen TV, including some fantastic shots of Emily and the Jambros doing some wicked sand boarding. Corey made sure we all saw the play-by-play pictures of him eating it HARD on a jump they crafted out of sand and particleboard. It was really a lesson in physics – when a moving mass, in this case a mohawked-Corey, overcomes the sand’s coefficient of friction by way of board, and that board’s front lip catches the underside of a particleboard ramp whilst moving at significant velocity, the Corey mass will then proceed to jettison through the air in a flailing, somersaulting dugong manner, ultimately crashing to the ground at the mercy of gravity. 


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Late Night Geckos on the Deck
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After some manic repacking the next morning by Devin’s family, we were given a tearful goodbye. It was comforting to have some face-to-face parental sentiment before embarking on our trip; as well as to know that all our families would be behind us for our adventure westward. It was not so comforting when a few hours after their departure, Devin realized that the GPS he intended to bring with us was still in the glove box of his parent’s rental car, no doubt parked in a Budget rental parking lot now somewhere in Cairns. After a slightly stressed hour of cell reception searching, Devin was able to call Budget and find out that the device was currently being held in their lost and found at Cairns Airport.

 


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The next morning we packed up Alby once more, defying every possible space limitation in our little 4by, and headed out to Mossman Gorge. We took the heavily populated (unfortunately) walking track into the Rainforest on a 2km loop through incredible trees and vines. All the plant life was amazing, but the trees in particular had huge buttresses that wound around the ground like great snakes (real snakes were most likely hiding between them). The path was quite muddy and as several of us were in flip-flops we decided to walk it barefoot, which ended up being quite satisfyingly squishy. At the far end of the loop, we entered a small area with a beautiful crystal pool and waterfall complete with well-fed fishies. 


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The gang and scary faced Devin at the pool
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Devin and Mar point the way up the gorge from the hanging bridge
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Ben discovers his shirt on a Wicked Camper

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