Along the track there are "Wait A While" palms. They have these long tendrils with rear facing spikes. If you brush up near then the spikes dig into your clothes and you have to "wait a while" to get them out. Susn was small enough to sit on the spikes with no problem.
We had a small cyclone come thru earlier in the year and there were several trees down with large fungi growing on them. Susan thought they would make a perfect chair for herself to sit on.
3/4 of the way along there is a seat so you can rest at the scenic look out. That's the Pacific Ocean out there. The Mowbray River below winds thru sugar cane farms and has a 2-3meter salt water crocodile visible from the highway bridge which is just before the land meets the ocean in the distance.
Once we got to the bottom we drove over the bridge to show Susan the crocodile.
Every week I do art classes at a local gallery so Susan climbed on my easel to get a good view of a practice painting I was doing while I learn to use acrylic paints. This is a monochromatic study in reds.
On another day we went up to Mount Lewis which is also near my home. We passed this lovely bubbling creek in the rain forest and saw huge ferns and lots of moss covered logs
On the 3rd of August Susan helped Grant celebrate his birthday. She loved the Lamington Cake
Over the next few weeks we went sight seeing and saw heaps of waterfalls, a nice island or two and some interesting prehistoric looking birds called Cassowaries....the Dad's raise the chicks!
Another place not far from our place is Mount Carbine. There is a rugged dirt track up the mountain. We stopped at a little look out for Susan.
The road ends at the McLeod river. Susan had a rest on a log along the side of thr river...can you see her?
There she is a little closer
I carried Susan as it was a long four hour walk. This is taken near where the river drops to a gorgeous valley below
On the way back we went thru the bush so Susan could get up close to some ancient Aboriginal rock art.
It was nearing the time for me to have knee surgery so we did a last trip with Susan to Undara lava tubes which is 259kms inland and down from Julatten.
We had a little wait before the lava tubes tour so we climbed to a little lookout above Unadara. Susan is hanging off the tree at left...
here she is in a closer view
This was the view from the top of the tube in...they are very large. The pole you can see was put there 40 years ago for scientists to assess if the tube was straining in any way that may imply an imminent collapse.
Susan stayed with Annette as it gets quite dark inside
There are arches where parts of the tube have collapsed
Susan spent her last day helping Annette make a tag for Eliza who also lives in Australia and is the next person hosting Susan
There is so much more Susan could see here and this was the tip of the ice berg...maybe she will come back. For now though she is on her way to Eliza's tucked away in her little suitcase mid air I suppose. Have fun on your adventure Susan.
Annette In Oz