Bring on the Snorkeling

Orpheus Island is located within the Palm Island Group on the Great Barrier Reef, situated 120 km north of Townsville and 220 km south of Cairns. Located 23 km (16 nautical miles) east of the mainland coast from Lucinda, North Queensland, Australia, Orpheus Island is in the northern end of the Palm Island group. I … Continue reading

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I Can Get Used To Island Living.

As I wrote in my previous post, “Pinch Me Now I Must Be Dreaming” I am staying on Orpheus Island for 4 days (3 nights), and volunteering to do tasks around the island. This post focuses on my experiences from day 2. Saturday Morning I woke up to the sounds of cockatoos and and other … Continue reading

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Not So Creepy Crawlies…

I wrote yesterday in my post “From Beautiful to Terrifying” about some of my adventures on Maggie Island at Koala Village this weekend. If you are ever in Townsville, Queensland, Australia make time to visit Maggie island. I wanted to pack a picnic so I stopped at the farmers market to get some fruit. I picked … Continue reading

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Cane Toad Capers and Moral Dilemas

Do our reactions in the moment reveal our true feelings and intentions? Or another way to think about it. When given time to think before we speak, or in the case of my recent experience scream out, will we portray a more refined, and rational version of ourself. My experience this weekend gives a glimpse … Continue reading

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Abiotic and Biotic Australia

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Deadly encounters and natures beauty

Sometimes while I am here I am caught up in the new sights (wallabies), smells (eucalyptus), and sounds (cockatoos which by the way is a very unpleasant sound). Other times I feel like danger is lurking around every corner. Often when I tell someone I saw a snake on my hike today they will reply, … Continue reading

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Flora and fauna around JCU

Today I took a hike around James Cook University and up to the Douglas mountain bike reserve. The goal of my hike was to notice the world around me so I could share it with you. I saw beautiful red paper petaled Hibiscus with long pronounced stamen. I saw one of Australia’s largest butterflies the Cairns birdwing … Continue reading

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Day One Pictures around James Cook University

Day One Pictures around James Cook University

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Introductions

Today was my first day in the lab. I will introduce the people I will be working with in order of appearance. I arrived at the lab this morning at 8:00 am. By this time I had been up for 4 hours because I couldn’t sleep. Stan and Kirsten were smoking cigarettes and drinking their … Continue reading

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Welcome to Australia

It has been a long couple of days of travel. I left Detroit Metro Airport Friday night at 5:50pm. I was a bit disappointed that United Air charges $200.00 each way to check my bike to Australia. Quantas (the airline for the second half of my journey) only charges $25.00 each way. So after lugging … Continue reading

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